It’s What You Do

When you take over an organization, it’s natural to want to talk about who you are and your core values. You want to explain to your team everything your team will be about. It feels like you can’t repeat the message enough. I’ve learned that your team really won’t understand your values until you see […]

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How Do You Make Your Team Tougher?

“If you want a team that is tough, get tough players.” – Jeff Van Gundy I recently had this conversation with a couple of local high school coaches. How do you make your team tougher? Get Tough Kids Coach Van Gundy said it best – you want a tough team, get tough players. Maybe not […]

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Happy

“The happiest people I know are those that really care about others and service to others. Most grumpy people I know are generally selfish types and upset about something that’s not going right for them. You want to be happy? Genuinely care about your family, friends and teammates are doing and how you can help […]

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“He’s In Love With Getting Better”

Steph Curry. https://www.nba.com/news/how-stephen-curry-maintains-peak-conditioning

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Escalation of Commitment

We often get so committed to a certain way of doing things that we can see an alternate path to success. We are sure we are right, and the answer is just to commit more, to work harder. We do this often as coaches, just “keep grinding” as a solution to our lack of success. […]

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Handle Hard Better

Kara Lawson, Duke Women’s Basketball

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My First Team

Every team you coach will teach you a great deal, as long as you are open to improvement. Perhaps no team will teach you more than the first one you lead. Looking back on my first year as a head coach, at Rhode Island College in 2005, these are the key lessons I learned. They […]

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“True To His Own Contradictions”

A great quote about Jackie Robinson from Gerald Early, as told by Kostyra Kennedy in his great book “True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson.” “Jackie was true to his own contradictions, which a lot of people are not. We all have contradictions. Very few of us fit into a neat box of ideas and […]

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Greatness – L. David Marquet

Perhaps my favorite 10 minutes on leadership approach anywhere. Worth a check-in every now and then.

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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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