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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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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Coach Hurley

I was lucky enough to be on a Zoom call this week with Coach Hurley from St. Anthony’s – thanks to Pat Scanlon from Greenwich Country Day School. My notes from Coach Hurley: As a young coach, it helped to be a JV coach first. It was a great way to learn. The philosophy I […]

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How Do You Sustain Elite Success?

The toughest thing to do in sports is to sustain success at an elite level year after year. It is underrated and overlooked. It’s why I don’t think things like Kansas’ run of 14 straight regular season titles or Gonzaga’s string of NCAA Tournament appearances get celebrated enough. We emphasize the tournament, the playoffs, the […]

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Kamari Williams

Kamari Williams was the Rookie of the Year in the Little East in 2004 on a team that won 11 games. He was first-team all league as a sophomore in 2005. As a senior he came off the bench, playing 13 minutes per game for a team that won 27 games. I was Kamari’s third […]

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