Deserved or Earned

“Deserve ain’t got nothing to do with it.” – Prop Joe, The Wire I’ve had a lot of conversations with players over the years about playing time. I try and be as direct, honest and open as I can about how to earn playing time with my teams. For us, it was always three things […]

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Your Leadership View

On a recent podcast I heard Luke Bobilak talking about leadership, and how it’s important to change your perspective as a leader. Leaders should imagine they are at a dance, he said, and should split their time evenly between the dance floor and the balcony. It’s a perfect analogy and something leaders should think about […]

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Entitled To Nothing – Book Interview

Learn more and order the book here: EntitledToNothingBook.com

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Leaders Communicate Perspective

I’ve often said the one commonality amongst the best players I’ve coached, and the best coaches I’ve been around, is perspective. They have an intentional attitude towards their approach to success, and they understand the connection to the big picture. This is a terrific article from 3×5 Leadership on perspective.

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Entitled To Nothing – The Book

To purchase Entitled To Nothing, click here. Entitled to Nothing is an inside look at a championship culture built with an uncommon approach to leadership. Bob Walsh joined forces with a team of tough, hungry young men to create a level of ownership that led to sustained, elite success. Together they discovered an experience inside a […]

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Emotion

Emotion is a big part of sports. The practices and games are intense. The investment level is significant. For players at any level, it’s really important. For coaches at the college and professional level, it’s their lives. It’s hard to be good at any sport without being fully invested emotionally. Intense competition is always going […]

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Steve Francis

Steve Francis has a great story to tell. https://www.theplayerstribune.com/articles/steve-francis-i-got-a-story-to-tell

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The Flow of Practice

When I was in college, our practices had a similar structure every day. We didn’t stretch or get loose as a team. Practice started at 4:00, and you were expected to be ready to go at that time. Whatever you needed to do to get ready, you did it before 4:00. We usually started with […]

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Team Leadership

Our 2008-09 team at Rhode Island College is certainly one of the best teams I’ve ever coached. Heading into the post-season that year we felt like we were legitimately good enough to win the national championship (our OT loss to MIT in the first round of the NCAA Tournament might be the most difficult loss […]

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Process and Results

Can you stand behind a decision you made, even if you don’t get the right result? It might be the toughest challenge for a head coach. I’ve learned over my years as a head coach – and I’m 100% convinced – that the best way to get the results is to distance yourself from them. […]

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