Individual Achievers vs. Managers

I really enjoyed this podcast from Ryan Hawk with Jim Clifton, who is the CEO of Gallup. Clifton talks about the research they’ve done that statistically backs up what is most important to organizations. And his conclusion is that managers of people are extremely important to the success of the organization. One great point he […]

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The Pacers New Culture

A look at how the Pacers new management team went about building their culture with the “Three T’s” – Togetherness, Toughness and Trust. Love the way they engaged their players: “Looking back, I think the most important thing that we did as a front office was get our players’ input,” Buchanan said. “We asked Darren Collison, […]

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Whining

A big part of being a great competitor is handling the emotions that go along with competing. The intensity of competition can make that very difficult, but great competitors have the ability to move on to the next most important thing – the next play – regardless of what just happened. If you are constantly […]

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Defensive Emphasis

So much of coaching is not what plays you run, but what you emphasize. What is important to you as a coach. Because your players are reading you every day, and they know what is important to you. It’s a lot more than what you say. They read your reactions, your emotions, your tone. They […]

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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There is a pathological mismatch between the attributes that seduce us in a leader and those that are needed to be an effective leader. If we want to improve the performance of our leaders, we should focus on the right traits. Instead of falling for people who are confident, narcissistic and charismatic, we should promote people because […]

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Brad Underwood – Changing His Approach

Really good look by Matt Norlander at how Brad Underwood basically threw out his coaching approach and started over, to help make Illinois an NCAA team again. Not an easy thing to do for a coach who’s 56 years old and has had a ton of success. Adapt or die in any business. “Really, he […]

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When To Foul Up 3

NC State fouled Virginia with a 3-point lead with 8.2 seconds to play to keep Virginia from getting a potential game-tying 3-pointer off. Sean McDonough immediately said “there’s a lot of time left for that foul.” I like that foul. It may seem like you want to wait until :07 or :06 to foul, but […]

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I Have A Dream

If you’ve never actually watched the speech you should take the 20 minutes to do so. Incredibly powerful.

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Hall of Fame

I was fortunate enough to get inducted into the Little East Hall of Fame recently. In 2016 I was inducted into the Rhode Island College Hall of Fame after coaching there for 9 years, and the league started a hall of fame a few years back. It’s really a tremendously cool honor. I grew up […]

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John Hollinger

Cool Q+A with John Hollinger, a Virginia alum who helped start the basketball analytics revolution with his PER rating in the 90s. https://news.virginia.edu/content/stat-man-alumnus-became-basketball-analytics-pioneer?utm_source=DailyReport&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news

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