“All the Pieces Matter”

“We’re building something here detective.  And we’re building it from scratch.  All the pieces matter.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OHLy0CIPs&sns=tw – Lester Freamon, The Wire

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Dwight D. Eisenhower on Leadership

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Communication and Investment

Communication is an essential part of any organization.  In a team sport it’s just as essential, but also more difficult because of the intense nature  of the games.  We don’t play in controlled settings, and communication is a lot easier in a controlled setting. One important point that might make it easier to get your […]

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Ryder Cup: Captaincy and Leadership

Whether you are a golf fan or not, two really interesting reads on the approaches taken by Europe and the U.S. regarding the Ryder Cup. Europe has clearly treated this as a serious competition, with leadership and team-building at the forefront of their program.  Their captain and his leadership is very important to the program, […]

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Derek Jeter and Accountability

This blog post from Pete Abraham about Derek Jeter says a lot about leadership, accountability, and being a great teammate. http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/09/26/what-was-like-cover-derek-jeter/0x7WUJlMX2TKVBbMwfeFyO/story.html

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Henry Adams

“What you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying.” – Henry Adams

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Think Culture

In my first year as a head coach at Rhode Island College I made a mistake.  I didn’t realize it at the time, of course, or I wouldn’t have done it.  But looking back at that season I realized I didn’t take the right approach in building my first team. I was too concerned with […]

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Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

Great 12-minute video from Simon Sinek that speaks a lot to the environment that you create around your organization.  Thanks to Jimmy Driggs from Allegheny for passing it along. http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_why_good_leaders_make_you_feel_safe#t-356014

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Maine Basketball – First Team Workout

Our first team workout at UMaine was about creating a defensive mindset. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUGPION–IE

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Derek Jeter

Major League Umpire Chuck Meriwether, 18 years of service, 2010: “I have two sons, Jeremy and Chris, and they were with me in Minnesota during one series with the Yankees when Derek came walking by on the way to the team bus. My boys were just in awe. I called him over, introduced them, and […]

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