Pep Guardiola

An interesting article in the New York Times about Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, and his obsession with winning the Champions League title. Despite incredible domestic success, he hasn’t been back to the Champions League Final since 2011 when he was on top of the soccer world with Barcelona. Some insight into his […]

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Leadership Is Contextual

One thing that gets lost in a lot of discussions about leadership approach: leadership is highly contextual. The situation you are in matters. You can read a lot of books and study leadership to develop the best approach that fits you, but you then have to make it work for your organization. Your leadership approach […]

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What Does That Look Like?

Your values should be reflected in behaviors. And everyone on your team should know those behaviors. Words like “Integrity” and “Toughness” look great on the wall in the locker room or the back of a tee shirt, but if they don’t translate to the right behavior then your values aren’t very effective. A great question […]

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Hierarchy of Commitment

Some good stuff from A.G. Lafley, the CEO of Proctor and Gamble, on what he had to do when he took over in 2000. I always talk about this hierarchy of commitment. On the high end it’s disciples – people who really believe in what you’re doing and in you. And on the low end […]

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Scary Meetings at Amazon

When you go to a meeting at Amazon, you better be prepared. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-02-03/jassy-s-chop-meetings-at-amazon-make-sense?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=210204&utm_campaign=sharetheview

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Can You Make Them Talk?

We all want our teams to communicate better. We emphasize it constantly. Great communication is essential on high performing teams. But some players naturally talk a lot, and others just don’t open their mouth. No matter how much we tell them to do it, it doesn’t come naturally to them. We’ve all coached plenty of […]

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Momentum

Does the team who hits a shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime have a better chance of winning? I was thinking about this after Alabama hit a deep 3 to tie UCLA at the buzzer, but then UCLA went on to dominate the overtime session in this year’s NCAA Tournament. This […]

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Don’t Add Emotion On Top Of Emotion

One of the toughest challenges of leadership is to evaluate and handle the emotion of a situation. As coaches we have to deal with it all of the time. The intensity of practice every day, the pressure of the games, the scrutiny of results and the public scoreboard all contribute to an emotional environment. Sometimes […]

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Core Values Vs. Core Behaviors

I’ve gotten a lot of great feed back on my book, “Entitled to Nothing,” and one of the questions that comes up a lot is about core values. I didn’t go in as a head coach and list our core values and paint them on the wall of the locker room. I did know who […]

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Authenticity

From Rich Diviney’s book The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance. Among all of the leadership attributes, authenticity is the most important for building trust. Authenticity, by definition, can’t be faked. It can’t be copied: There’s not template, no checklist of external behaviors or attitudes that are the model of authenticity. Being firm and […]

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