Bucket Theory, part 4 of 10

Created for coaches. Applicable to all…

–Coach D.

My players, past and present, know what it means to ‘fill your bucket.’

Now you can learn it, too. I hope you’ll follow our 10-step approach to filling your own proverbial bucket. Whether you’re a football coach, business manager, a parent or student, these 10 principles apply to you—no matter who the players/teammates in your world may be.

What does it mean to ‘fill your bucket?’

Consider it a guide to living life purposefully, guided by inner heart, leadership and effort. To filling—and overflowing—your bucket of goodness through the habits of champions.

Step 4: Maximize Coaching Strengths

It’s a known strategy implemented by successful coaches and affluent business leaders alike. It’s simply this:  surround yourself with excellence. 

Yes, effective leaders inherently understand the value in building a quality, trusted  management team. A team to take the proverbial ball and run with it. With endurance. With excellence, focus, gusto—and sound integrity.

Whether selecting football coaching support or business managers to help run your business, hiring the right people is critical. We hire not only for his or her acquired knowledge and future potential, but more importantly, we should hire (and build your leadership team) based upon strong character.

People of sound character often share similar foundational beliefs. Just as in personal relationships, sustainable growth can only be firmly rooted within a solid foundation. And if hiring those of similar character, so too is it more likely to have shared ethics, morals, personal drive—and passion for success.

Once your team of similarly-grounded leaders is in place, the next step is to deep-dive into maximizing coach strengths.


We all, myself included, have both strengths and weaknesses. Every coach and every businessperson has qualities on both end of the spectrum; it’s simple human nature. This is where analysis and ensuing strategy begin to take formation. And once it does? That’s when effective schematic systems can be solidified.

For your analysis, evaluate your coaches (or business leaders) based upon perceived strengths and weaknesses you’ve witnessed among them. Direct coaches to conduct self-evaluations gauging the same. Watch. Pay attention. Witness actions and gauge strengths and weaknesses based upon active observation, in conjunction with conducted self-evaluations.

Then, combine strengths to offset and overrule weaknesses. Doing so, your coaching staff will be comprised of balanced strengths, thus building an impenetrable force that together can implement effective, nearly flawless processes.

At least that’s the goal. Continual tweaking is, of course, necessary, but just as life is ever-changing, so too are we as complex individuals. But again, as long as foundational values remain complementary, tweaks can reset arising imbalances.

Maximize your coaching staff’s potential to reap the effectual likelihood of devising schematic systems that work. That build a championship team. And a championship season. 


The simplest way to dilute complexities of building the right coaching staff and maximizing their strengths? It’s in the acronym CPR. In my world, this means: character + process = results.

So focus on acquiring a team with strong character. Then implement processes and schematic systems to get the results of excellence for which you aspire.

And then? Buckets begin to fill for both coaches and players, leading to habits of life-long champions.