Locker Room Influence

The strongest influence your players will feel will come from inside the locker room. They’ll certainly listen to you and your staff and respond to what you want. But ultimately the highest performing teams in any field are fully committed to their teammates. They don’t want to let each other down. We all want great […]

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Grit In The NBA

If you haven’t read Angela Duckworth’s book “Grit,” it’s well worth your time. https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/Grit-in-the-NBA/grit-nba-stephen-curry-grittiest-player-nba

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Confidence vs. Production

I watch a lot of baseball. I’m from New York and I’ve always been a Yankee fan, but I’ll put any game on during the summer. Recently I’ve had the Mets on a lot watching them try and rally and make the playoffs. The Mets have had some excruciating losses this year as they try […]

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How Long Do You Practice?

This seems to be a question coaches are constantly bringing up to each other. How long are you going? How long do you go once the season starts? There’s a lot more concern – due to more data – with the amount of output you are asking out of your players every day. It seems […]

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Confronting Your Teammates

“It is only when team members are truly comfortable being exposed to one another that they begin to act without concern for protecting themselves.” – Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team “Confrontation is simply meeting the truth head on.” – Coach K Confrontation is an important part of leadership. You need to be […]

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Win With You

There are plenty of people in my life who I like, who I enjoy spending time with – but who I don’t want to try and win with. Winning is a a completely separate equation. It requires a level of commitment and trust that is uncommon in most of our everyday relationships. So just because […]

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Win One Battle

“Remember: As an officer, you need to win only one battle – for the hearts of your troops. Win their hearts and they will win the fights.” Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in his book, Call Sign Chaos

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Three Essential Team Culture Pillars

There is so much great stuff in here, you probably want to read it more than once. Simply explained but crucial elements to forming an effective team. This on psychological safety and trust is so good: Trust is such a hard topic, though. First, it is never blindly given or granted when requested; it must […]

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Mediocrity

Find an intolerance to mediocrity and instill it in your players. Teach them how to stand up against it. We all go through those workouts or practices where the guys just don’t seem all there. They are going through the motions, doing what they are told, getting through it. Find a way to recognize this […]

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