Selflessness

A good example of it from Alabama’s John Petty, Jr. that says a lot about the culture Nate Oats has built in a short time. Much like persuading a score-first guard to become a reliable defensive cog, Oats sold Petty on the notion that tapping the pause button was the best thing for him. Oats […]

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Leadership In An Elite Culture

“Empower your people to be decision makers. The less control you have as a leader, the more power you give to your team, the better your chances for success. That’s the real key to leadership in an elite culture. It may be set in place and directed by the leader, but it is built, maintained […]

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Leadership and Buy-In

“Leadership isn’t getting them to buy-in to what you are selling. Leadership is getting them to buy-in to something they believe. Creating that dynamic is a difference maker.” Entitled to Nothing, p. 20 Purchase Entitled To Nothing Here

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Game Speed

When I was the head coach at Maine I got to know Stump Merrill a little bit. Stump was a UMaine graduate who played baseball, and went on to play professionally before a long coaching and managing career. He managed the New York Yankees for three years when I was in high school in New […]

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Great Teammates

The best teammates are capable of doing their job while also having a genuine curiosity and concern for those around them. It isn’t that easy to do. Many of us need to be focused on one thing, just the task at hand, to do it well. It’s one of the reasons why communication on the […]

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The Brain Is Your Bitch

“The moment you have the audacity to start believing in the not-yet seen, your reality will begin to shift.  THE FOLLOWING IS HUGELY IMPORTANT SO PLEASE PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION: You have to change your thinking first, and then the evidence appears.  Our big mistake is that we do it the other way around.  We demand […]

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Gonzaga Basketball

A good inside look at the most unlikely powerhouse in college basketball history. https://www.si.com/college/2021/02/11/how-gonzaga-zagged-daily-cover

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The Rhode Show

A local interview with Brendan Kirby of The Rhode Show about leadership and the book. https://entitledtonothingbook.com

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Group Culture

Group culture is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. We sense its presence inside successful businesses, championship team, and thriving families, and we sense when it’s absent or toxic. We can measure its impact on the bottom line. (A strong culture increases net income 765 percent over ten years, according to a […]

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Three Things Leaders Often Don’t Understand

Three things that took me a while to understand as a leader. The Less Control You Have, The Better I always use a military phrase with my teams – “In command, without control.” That is our goal. I’ve learned over the years that the less control I have as the head coach, the better my […]

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