10 Practices of a Terrible Motivator

There are some leaders you would go to war with and take bullets for.

Then there are leaders like Barry Hinson, head basketball coach of the 2-8 Southern Illinois Salukis. His postgame video went viral almost immediately and it is easy to pile on Coach Hinson at this point.

It takes a little more effort to break down his epic postgame rant and identify the practices leaders should never do if they want to motivate their teams and get improved performance.

The following 10 Practices of a Terrible Motivator we get from Coach Hinson’s press conference. All quotes are from Coach Hinson.

1. Terrible motivators single people out publicly.

“Marcus was absolutely awful.”

2. Terrible motivators tear down rather than instruct.

“Our three guards had one assist and seven turnovers. They must think it’s a tax credit.”

3. Terrible motivators insult the opposite sex.

“My wife, my wife could score more than two buckets on 11 shots because I know my wife will at least shot-fake one time.”

4. Terrible motivators make their teams feel worthless.

“Those guys aren’t listening. They’re uncoachable right now.”

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