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Steve Kerr's 4 Core Values: Joy, Mindfulness, Compassion, Competition

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Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) is the Golden State Warriors Head Coach and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. He has led the Warriors to the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022 NBA Championships. As a player, Kerr was a five-time NBA champion with the Bulls and Spurs, then served as a TV commentator and General Manager of the Phoenix Suns.

In this podcast interview with PCA Founder Jim Thompson (@JimThompson18), Kerr discusses the Warriors' four core values: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Youth and high school coaches can learn from Kerr's approach to building a team culture, borrowing ideas he learned from Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll: "Pare down your core values and tailor your daily routine around those core values.”

Other highlights of the podcast include:

  • Exploration of how coaches connect with their players, starting with establishing trust and "letting them know they are more important than you are"

  • Staying open to ideas from players and assistant coaches

  • What he told Warriors after Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

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