Doug Donofrio's Mastermind Roundtable

Doug DonofrioCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Head coach Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers addresses the crowd during the 2009 NBA Championship Victory Parade at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

We have all heard of the Mastermind Principle haven't we?

The creation of a third or ethereal mind, the resultant of two or more minds that are in complete agreement and harmony in accordance with a primary vision and purpose for the achievement of a common objective.

Sitting at the table of this roundtable are twelve of the greatest minds in professional team sports history.

Each one of them took a seat three feet from one another with six on each side of an elongated oak wood table with Doug Donofrio at the head.

Questions, brainstorming, idea generation, concepts, theories, synthesizing, schematas, and solutions were all a part of this discussion.

Who are the twelve minds?

I must say each of them has been a part of winning multiple world championships in their respective sport. Each has demonstrated special qualities as a coach, talent evaluator, general manager, teacher, master psychologist, and mentor.

Each one of these men is highly creative, leadership driven, and understand what makes a man believe in himself, their teammates, and the organization as a whole.

Between them they have captured sixty six team world championships.

 Are you starting to get the picture of this group of very special people?

The commonalities were endless during the dialogue; strong core nucleus of players, selfless role players, meticulously prepared, team speed, team depth, high morale, mental toughness, and killer instinct.

The discussion lasted late into the evening accompanied by laughing, dissertations, diagrams, speeches, and rants.

A true mastermind in all it's purest form.

The twelve men in that room were John Wooden, Vince Lombardi, Red Auerbach, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, Pat Riley, Scottie Bowman, Pat Gillick, Joe Torre, Bill Belichick, Jimmy Johnson, and Phil Jackson.

The curtain finally called. The twelve men got up from their chairs looked at one another, smiled and then turned toward Donofrio.

In unison they shouted when is our next meeting?