The Challenge of Leadership

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn

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Jud Heathcoate to Tom Izzo

“Jud Heathcoate told me two things when I took over the job – recruit kids who are dying to be there, and if you can get a coach’s kid, take him.” – Tom Izzo

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Isaiah Williams at Iona

Sometimes it’s very easy to forget where some of the kids playing college basketball come from.  An incredible story about Isaiah Williams at Iona. http://www.nj.com/rutgersbasketball/index.ssf/2015/03/death_brotherhood_and_sacrifice_nj_hoops_star_haun.html

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Tom Izzo – Players Taking Responsibility

“Sooner or later, the players have got to have some of the onus on them, too,” Izzo said.  “Sometimes they do not understand that, ‘OK, my bad;’ that’s on the playground. You can’t be ‘my bad’ at this level and compete at this level for championships. ‘My bad’ doesn’t make it.”

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Don Meyer – The Easy and the Hard

The Easy and the Hard: Sarcasm is easy.  Sincerity is hard. Reaction is easy.  Action is hard. Following is easy.  Leading is hard. Losing is easy.  Winning is hard. Talking is easy.  Listening is hard. Flab is easy.  Muscle is hard. Lying is easy.  Truth is hard. Sleeping is easy.  Waking is hard. Falling is […]

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Seth Godin on Change

Some good thoughts on change from Seth Godin in his book Tribes. “Many people (many really good people) spend all day trying to defend what they do, trying to sell what they’ve always sold…It must be wearing them out. Defending mediocrity is exhausting.” “Organizations that destroy the status quo win. Individuals who push their organizations, […]

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Hank Gathers

25 years ago today I was in Albany (ironically where I am today) watching the MAAC Tournament at what was then known as the Knickerbocker Arena.  I was watching Lasalle play with my father, and towards the end of the game Lasalle star Lionel Simmons was taken out of the game and sat on the […]

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Formula For Success

“I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: try to please everybody.” – Herbert Bayard Swope

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Archie Miller

Some interesting answers from Archie Miller on what he’s had to deal with at Dayton since last year’s Elite 8 run. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2015/02/27/dayton-coach-archie-miller-questions-and-answers/24111833/?hootPostID=80741c43589f7b19a8fb0d1320e20fc4

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Failing Forward

“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.  Nothing else has the same kind of impact on people’s ability to achieve and to accomplish whatever their minds and hearts desire.  Accept failure as the price of success today, and keep striving forward.” – John Maxwell, Failing Forward

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