Great Competitors

Pat Riley had a great line once about one of the best feelings for a coach. He said it was when you ran into a former player 10 years down the line, someone that you were hard on and maybe didn’t always see eye-to-eye with, and you gave each other a big hug. And you […]

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Power

“Perception matters greatly, because power rarely resides within just an individual. Power is not an absolute state but an arrangement among stakeholders. It is bestowed upon the leader as much as it was taken by the leader. While we speak about power as something that a leader seizes and dispenses, it is more accurate to […]

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Billy Martin

I’m currently reading a great biography on Billy Martin by Bill Pennington. I found this excerpt from the 1977 American League Playoffs to be fascinating. The Yankees were down 2 games to 1 in the best of 5, in Kansas City for game 4. As much as the Yankees pounded on Gura, Yankees starter Ed […]

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Self-Awareness Leads To Authenticity

CBS Sunday morning did a segment on leadership which featured retired 4-star General Stanley McChrystal. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-kind-of-leadership-does-our-nation-need/ McChrystal made a comment about the importance of being self-aware as a leader. He pointed out that if you aren’t genuinely self-aware, you will end up doing things that you said you wouldn’t. One of the biggest mistakes you […]

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Communication Strategy

I’ve worked with a number of teams and organizations at different levels during this stay-at-home period on leadership, and one central issue that seems to be a point for discussion with many teams is communication. When talking about a leadership approach and the behavior that goes along with it, the way teams communicate with one […]

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Mike Dunlap

Pat Scanlon form Greenwich Country Day has set up some great online coaches clinics. These are my notes from a recent visit with Mike Dunlap – who has coached at just about every level all over the world. Prioritize what you want, then throw two things away. A lot of people think your offense and […]

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Pressure

How much does the pressure around us effect our decision-making? Take a look at this experiment from the ’70s, that Simon Sinek cites in his book “The Infinite Game.” In 1973, two Princeton university psychology professors John M. Darley and C. Daniel Batson, conducted an experiment to better understand how situational variables can affect our […]

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How Old Is Too Old To Play Pick-Up Basketball?

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe with a great look at what basketball has meant to him. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/16/sports/how-old-is-too-old-play-pickup-basketball/?event=event25

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Control

So often we feeling like being a leader is having control of everything, when in fact it is often the opposite. As a head coach I learned to fight the pull of trying to control everything. I started at a D3 state school where you don’t really have the control that you want. We had […]

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Fauci On Team

Loved these quotes from Anthony Fauci on the importance of team, and clarity of purpose. Both of them connect very well to coaching. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-mentor-who-made-dr-anthony-fauci-11587040520 “It’s almost impossible to do anything meaningful without either leading a team or being part of the team,” Fauci said. “You want to be able to get someone who’s looking to […]

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