“Help Them Help Themselves”

“No matter what level, front runners have a shelf life. There is going to be adversity. I don’t think any coach solves the problem by himself. He is not going to take a mentally weak player or team and strengthen them. Rather, he has to help them help themselves. They have to be active participants […]

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Leadership Truths

It’s a skill that can be taught and developed. We can’t ask for it if we don’t define it. It’s not about you, it’s about them. Effective leaders ask a lot of questions. Leadership is behavior, not words on a shooting shirt. If you don’t model it, don’t expect it. Empowering your team to lead […]

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Which Team Would You Rather Coach?

Which team would you rather coach? One team is really talented, probably the most talented team in the league. They are deep, with good players at every position. But they aren’t very tough mentally. They don’t have the right approach, don’t necessarily bring it every day, and they aren’t very mature. They have enough talent […]

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Competition – Phil Knight

From his book “Shoe Dog.” I thought back on my running career at Oregon. I’d competed with, and against, men far better, faster, more physically gifted. Many were future Olympians. And yet I’d trained myself to forget this unhappy fact. People reflexively assume that competition is always a good thing, that it always brings out […]

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Frustration

I’ve always felt that frustration is just a useless emotion. It’s an emotion we see a lot on teams, yet it doesn’t do us any good. It makes us worse. Getting upset or angry can sometimes fuel you to work harder or practice better. You can commit more effort. Confidence can drive you to do […]

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The Message They Receive

The message they receive is more important than the message you send. You may think you are being direct and clear, but if what they are hearing is different than what you are trying to say, it’s on you. Your job as a leader is not to make sure you send the right message, it’s […]

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Leaders Don’t Get Paid In Cash

“The better you get at leading others, the more it looks like you are unnecessary. The fruits of skillful leadership are eaten by others without awareness that the leader did much” https://admiredleadership.substack.com/p/leaders-dont-get-paid-in-cash

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Bill Bowerman – “Professor of Competitive Responses”

Phil Knight’s description of his college track coach and first partner with Nike, from his book Shoe Dog. The most famous track coach in America, Bowerman never considered himself a track coach. He detested being called Coach. Given his background, his makeup, he naturally thought of track as a means to an end. He called […]

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5 Characteristics of Successful Teams

Todd Golden, the head coach at San Francisco, and his high school coach Dan Mannix from Phoenix. A day before the Grand Canyon game, Golden and the Dons practiced at Sunnyslope, bringing the coach’s basketball life full circle. With players seated for a film session, Golden introduced Rosenbaum, who stood off to the side. Then […]

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