The Challenge of Body Language

I’ve been reading a lot of stuff online recently about body language. This is always an interesting conversation to me, as most coaches are really into eliminating bad body language. I just don’t think it’s a very big deal. The following is a chapter from my book “Entitled To Nothing,” where I was glad I […]

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Jim Collins – Level 5 Leader

“A Level 5 Leader puts the advancement of the company above his or her own reputation and builds loyalty and trust through quiet but purposeful action.”

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Self-Awareness

From Andrea Jung, Chair and CEO of Avon Products: “Of all a leader’s competencies, emotional and otherwise, self-awareness is the most important. Without it, you can’t identify the impact you have on others. Self-awareness is very important as a CEO. At my level, few people are willing to tell me the things that are hardest […]

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Comfortable

One of the biggest challenges to sustaining success is getting comfortable. Things are going well, everything is working, and it is natural to feel good about everything. It’s also natural to lose your edge. You don’t see things through the same critical eye, and you don’t have the same sense of urgency. You want to […]

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5 Questions to Ask Your Assistants

Thoughtful stuff from Jack Fleming for head coaches. I really like “Tell me why I shouldn’t do that.” https://www.coachjackfleming.com/post/5-questions-for-head-coaches-to-ask-their-assistants

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Start With I

I always want to coach players that start with “I.” When I ask them what went wrong, why they are struggling, or what they have to do to improve, they start by saying “I have to…” They talk about what they have to do better. Too often you hear players talk about what happened to […]

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Fran Fraschilla – Successful Coach

From Fran Fraschilla via Gordie Chiesa on a recent clinic… 5 skills that make for a successful coach: Teaching skills Communication skills Organizational skills Motivational skills Under pressure skills

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Elite Teams…

Play for each other Communicate directly Commit to constant performance improvement Get to class on time Practice good habits Recognize the long term value in their approach Confront bad behavior Offer critical feedback to the coaching staff in the proper setting Get over someone yelling at them quickly Do not take criticism personally Enjoy the […]

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Shortening The Rotation

I grew up a Knicks fan, but for the last, say, 25 years or so I really haven’t been much of a fan. Over the last two weeks I found myself watching the Knicks on purpose for the first time since the late 90s. Not only were the Knicks pretty good this year – making […]

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Back to Backs On The Road

Do teams play worse on the second night of a road back to back? An Ivy League study done in 2011.

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