Unwilling or Incapable?

We are all going to drive our team as coaches. We set high standards and we expect our team to live up to them. We hold them accountable if they don’t. We work in an intense environment, so driving our teams sometimes gets loud. We need to get their attention when they aren’t doing things […]

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Inclusive Leadership

The Six C’s of Inclusive Leadership: Commitment – make it a priority Courage – Show humility and honesty as you take a stand Cognizance of Bias – Be aware of your blind spots Curiosity – Have an open mindset about other people and different approaches Cultural Intelligence – Keenly attentive of different cultures Collaboration – […]

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Creating Buy-In

An excerpt from my book “Entitled To Nothing” on creating buy-in. Learn more about the book and purchase it here. For a discounted team/staff order, email me at bwalsh23@live.com. Creating Buy-In In that pre-practice team meeting I asked our guys if they thought we were good enough to win the league. It’s a great place […]

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The Last Lesson

Thirteen years ago, on the Monday after Thanksgiving in 2008, I was getting ready to head down to practice at RIC when my cell phone rang. At RIC my office was in the Recreation Center, across campus from the Murray Center where we practiced and played, so we had to actually get into our cars […]

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Habits

I’m not the biggest Tom Brady guy (J-E-T-S), but this is a great article. The ability to think long-term is such an underrated element of sustained elite success. In the spring of 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Brady participated in the Match II, the made-for-TV golf exhibition with Phil Mickelson and Tiger […]

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What Does It Really Mean To Sacrifice?

We use the word sacrifice a lot with our teams, but like many of these buzzwords I’m not sure we get specific enough when defining what we mean. Sacrifice is important to all high performing teams, but I’m not sure our players know what sacrifice looks like. When we think about sacrificing on teams, most […]

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Phil Jackson – 11 Principles of Leadership

Phil Jackson’s “Eleven Rings” is one of the best books on coaching, leadership and team building I have ever read. Phil Jackson’s 11 Principles Of Leadership Few people would be more qualified to talk about leadership than Phil Jackson in the sports arena. Jackson is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of […]

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Hot Streaks

Interesting read on how hot streaks happen. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/11/hot-streaks-in-your-career-dont-happen-by-accident/620514/

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Create The Space For Ownership

From my book “Entitled To Nothing… Create the Space for Ownership One afternoon, about a week later, I was cleaning my new office when Kevin Payette came in. KP would be the only senior on my first team and our captain. Not only did I benefit from having a very good team—looking back, I think we […]

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Nick Nurse – Six Bullets

Nick Nurse outlines part of his approach when he first became an NBA head coach: I told myself when I first got the job that I would have six bullets to fire during the season, just six times that I would allow myself- in the midst of a lackluster practice, after a particularly sloppy game, […]

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