A couple of months ago Coach Jim Johnson joined Anchored in Education to talk about that miracle night back in 2006 when J-Mac, a senior basketball manager diagnosed with autism, dressed for action and took the floor for Senior Night, proceeding to put on a four minute tutorial on the court finishing the game with 20 points. After the interview, I had the opportunity to talk to Jim for about 30 minutes about his career in the classroom and on the court. I quickly realized over his 30-plus years in education, he had picked up a lot of useful leadership skills and tools that would benefit educators at all levels.
Jim joins us again today to talk about Leadership Lessons from Half Court. We discuss the many valuable lessons including clarifying vision, building trust, creating the edge, effective communication, leading by example, leaving a profit, and servant leadership. We also discuss what he has found to be the six keys to success—keys that he used to structure his book A Coach and A Miracle.
Based on what transpired in 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is an authority on teamwork, leadership and realizing your dreams.
During what people call the “miracle game” Coach helped an autistic high school senior realize his dream of playing with the team. Hoping for just one basket, Coach, and the rest of the country, was amazed when Jason McElwain scored 20 points in 4 minutes.
In his keynotes Dreams Really Do Come True, Leadership Lessons from Half Court, and 10 Questions, Coach inspires as he shares real-world tools that can be implemented right away. He has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and ESPN and is the author of the book A Coach and a Miracle: Life Lessons From a Man Who Believed in an