Best Practices

I’m a big believer in sharing best practices. But do we do enough to challenge what we are doing, even when it is working? Continuing to get better, despite your success, is a key to sustained elite performance. This will make you think. From Adam Grant’s book, Think Again. In performance cultures, people often become […]

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Sustaining Elite Success

What I learned about sustaining elite success when I was the head coach at Rhode Island College, from my book Entitled To Nothing: As we moved the program forward after 2007 there were some key components that played an important role in sustaining our level of success. Define Yourself Clearly and Simply You need a […]

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Re-Thinking

“The best coaches understand when they need to change, and what they need to do to be effective moving forward.” – Hal Nunnally, Randolph-Macon When I first became a head coach, we had a late game defense we called “3D” where we switched everything. In our regular man to man we never switched, but late […]

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Learning Cultures Vs. Performance Cultures

From Adam Grant’s book, Think Again. Rethinking is more likely to happen in a learning culture, where growth is a core value and rethinking cycles are routine. In learning cultures, the norm is for people to know what they don’t know, doubt their existing practices, and stay curious about new routines to try out. Evidence […]

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Family or Team?

3×5 Leadership looks into the question – are we a family or a team? I don’t think we value being part of a team enough, or do enough to understand the dynamics of elite teams. I’ve never liked to call my team a family, for one simple reason – my love for my family is […]

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Zone Attack

Why do teams switch to zone? It’s rare that a team plays zone as their main defense, usually they are going to zone as their change-up. They may play it because they don’t think you can shoot, or you run a lot of great stuff and they don’t want to guard it. They may play […]

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Draymond

In game 5, Draymond Green bounced back from an awful start to the NBA Finals with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the Warriors big win. He played 35 minutes, which is what he averaged in the first four games. Steve Kerr has done a great job managing Green, a key player on […]

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You Aren’t Working Out

If you stop to check your phone, you are shooting around, you aren’t working out. If you don’t break a sweat, you are shooting around, you aren’t working out. If you are walking after the rebound, you are shooting around, you aren’t working out. If you are talking trash with your boys, you are shooting […]

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