Listen More, Say Less

Effective leadership is about listening more than talking. From my book, Entitled To Nothing… Listen More, Say Less After the press conference, I met with the team in a classroom in the Murray Center. That meeting is always a challenge, especially when itโ€™s your first time in charge. The kids wanted to know who I was and what […]

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“Don’t Give Me The Power…”

Don’t Coach Them Into A Corner

There is a lot of research on how our mind works and the different levels of bias inherent in what we perceive. I’ve always been fascinated by the way our mind operates and how it influences the way we coach. Human behavior studies show a perceptual bias, where our personal motivations have an influence on […]

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Confidence, Confusion and Communication

We all want our players to talk more. We all are constantly telling our players to talk more. We can’t really understand why these guys who can’t seem to shut up off the court can’t be more vocal on the court. One thing I know we are missing – and I’ve talked about this before […]

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Greg Carvel – UMass Hockey

Very interesting presentation on this podcast from Greg Carvel, the hockey coach at UMass, who took over one of the worst teams in the country and won a national championship 5 years later. Great insight into his culture and how he built it. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/greg-carvel-head-coach-of-umass-ice-hockey/id1540843402?i=1000529469132 Some concepts that I really liked… Command Respect When he first […]

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From Scratch

Taking over a new program and trying to build an elite culture from scratch is challenging in a lot of ways. It’s really hard to slow things down. The amount of work that needs to be done can be overwhelming and it’s hard to remain patient. You know what you want things to look like […]

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Can You Teach It?

I’ve learned over the years as a coach that there are some things that are easier to recruit than to teach. Certain parts of the game just come to players naturally. That’s not to say you can’t make them better in these areas. You can always work on improving skill. But there are certain elements […]

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The Elephant In The Room

From Nick Nurse’s book “Rapture.” In my Raptors office, I have an elephant on my desk. My assistant, Geni Melville, picked it up on the street in Toronto. It’s made of some kind of bronze and is the so-called elephant in the room – a visual reminder of the need to have hard conversations and […]

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You Are Looking For A Response

What is the response you are looking for? That is the question you should ask yourself when you are talking to your team. If you think about it, you aren’t talking to your team just so they listen to you. You are trying to get a response out of them. If they are receiving your […]

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What Factors Predict NBA Success?

A good thought-provoking piece from a few years back. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/what-predicts-nba-success/

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