Handling Adversity

I’ve been working with a bunch of teams and organizations over the last 2 months on leadership development. As we get into the discussion, one topic seems to come up more than any other – how do you handle adversity? It’s something we all have to deal with, as individuals or as a part of […]

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Landry Kosmalski And The Motion Offense

Enjoyed this article from Mike Jensen on Swarthmore head coach Landry Kosmalski, his relationship with Harry Perretta, and the motion offense. https://bit.ly/2YW1odd

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The Malady Of The Five Monkeys

Liked this parable that addresses the idea of “that’s how we’ve always done it,” sent to me by Coach Daniel Gauthier. https://www.kelleramerica.com/five-monkeys.html Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs […]

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Challenge The Way You Think

It’s always struck me how much in basketball we connect to traditional thinking. I remember watching college basketball growing up in the 1980s, and seeing John Thompson and John Chaney benching any player who had two fouls in the first half. It just became an accepted strategy and everyone started to do it. I’ve kind […]

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Communication – Ask Them What They See

I got to participate on a coaches zoom call recently with Dave Niland, the very successful long-time head coach at Penn State – Behrend. Coach Niland has a terrific approach to basketball and is a great guy to have a conversation with if you ever get the chance. He was talking about communication and the […]

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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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