Leading In Tough Times

Two keys in tough times – people management and task management. And a third – self management. “The facts are always friendly.” “One way to keep people focused on positive action is not to slip into the trap of automatic sympathy. While it makes a person in victim mode feel good to hear such things […]

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Coach The Behavior, Not The Personality

A big part of being a successful coach is developing strong relationships with our players, and getting to know their personalities. Every kid we coach is different, and a big part of leadership success is to know who we are coaching and what buttons to push. We want to understand the personality of everyone we […]

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Dynamic Leadership Podcast – Chris Holtmann

Some very insightful thoughts on how he established his approach at Ohio State, and dealing with the ups and downs of this past season. Interestingly he set his team up with a very tough schedule early because he wanted them to face some adversity, but they went out and started 11-1 and were ranked #2 […]

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Genius and Leadership

Reading “Leaders” by Stanly McChrystal, Jeff Eggers and Jason Mangone, which compares some of the great men and women in history and their leadership style. “Each of us has varying abilities that can into competencies, but a quantum leap above lies the qualitatively different category of genius. Beyond a useful gift, or natural cleverness, are […]

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When Your Player Gets A Technical

I was watching the replay of the Duke/Kentucky Elite 8 game from 1992 – the Christian Laettner game, arguably the greatest game ever played – this weekend. With just over 8 minutes to go Laettner got fouled going to the basket, and then responded by stepping on Aminu Timberlake’s chest. Laettner clearly did it on […]

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Get Your Defense To Help Your Offense

Watching some film from the season, going through one of our games, when they go inside the huddle. The opposing coach says, “Right now our inability to score has completely taken all the fight out of us on defense.” It’s a good point, and one that is pretty commonly talked about amongst coaches. When teams […]

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Greg Wright – Hunting Park

Mike Jensen of the Philadelphia Inquirer with a great story that shows the impact an AAU coach can have on his kids. RIP Greg Wright. https://www.inquirer.com/sports/greg-wright-hunting-park-warriors-cancer-20200318.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

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Battlefield Communication

“Battlefield communication is incredibly important for athletes, coaches and members of our armed forces and members of our first-responder communities.” – The Program We are constantly telling our teams to communicate. We all want our teams to communicate more. But where we miss the mark often is that we don’t work with them on how […]

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Perspective From Rob Lanier

A Strange 24 Hours

I saw John Paquette from the Big East Office in the Dunk on Wednesday night, March 4th, as we were getting ready to play Xavier in our 2nd to last Big East game. The Big East Tournament came up and I said something like “Well, that’s if we play it.” He laughed and said “Don’t […]

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