Overcome Obstacles & Create a Winning Organizational Culture
To win the National Championship title, Coach Bill Self and his team adopted the motto “Don’t worry about the mules, just load the wagon.” In honor of Self’s late father, Bill Self. Sr., this motto is a reference to just getting the job done – which Self has done in his 19-season tenure at the University of Kansas with an 81.8 winning percentage and 29.3 wins per year. Self has built an unparalleled program by overcoming obstacles to create a culture of success and shares his energizing insights in this talk.
The Secret to High-Impact Leadership: Adaptability
Many-time Coach of the Year honoree Bill Self has been leading the University of Kansas Men’s Basketball team to greatness for nineteen years, and one of the key secrets to his unparalleled success is his adaptability as a leader. In this high-impact talk, Self shares practical takeaways for leaders looking to inspire their teams.
Coach Bill Self shares the secret to overcoming obstacles and creating a winning organizational culture in high-impact talks
To win the National Championship title, Coach BILL SELF built one of the best basketball programs in the country at the University of Kansas. Self and his team adopted the motto “Don’t worry about the mules, just load the wagon.” In honor of Self’s late father, Bill Self. Sr., this motto is a reference to just getting the job done – which Self has done in his 19-season tenure at the University of Kansas with an 81.8 winning percentage and an astounding 29.3 wins per year. One of only two active coaches to have won multiple NCAA titles, Bill is heralded for his acumen, authenticity, and endless pursuit of excellence – on and off the court.
In energizing talks, Self shares his insights on how he built an unparalleled program – prioritizing a culture of success and work ethic that resonates across industries. Nobody knows better than Bill how to assemble and inspire a winning team, and his speaking engagements leave audiences feeling motivated to bring their best.
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On April 21, 2003, the University of Kansas announced the hire of Bill Self to lead the Jayhawks basketball program. Over the last 19 seasons, Self has cemented the Jayhawks as one of the best basketball programs in the country and himself as the only active college basketball coach to win multiple National Titles. Self’s acumen, authenticity, and endless pursuit of excellence has instilled a culture and work ethic that is unparalleled in college basketball.
During his eminent tenure, Self has led Kansas to 556 victories, eighteen straight NCAA Tournaments, eleven Sweet 16 appearances, nine Elite Eight berths, four Final Four runs, and two National Championships in 2008 and 2022. Self has also won an array of individual accolades, including two AP National Coach of the Year awards (2009, 2016), the 2012 Naismith and Adolf Rupp National Coach of the Year award, eight conference Coach of the Year awards, and was enshrined as a first-ballot honoree in the Class of 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Coach Self’s unprecedented program at Kansas is a testament to his leadership, passion, and undeniable determination to succeed.