Model The Behavior

Perhaps the most consistently powerful approach you can take as a leader is to model the behavior. You send a powerful message with what you do every day, and if you are talking about something and not doing it, the message is just as powerful. Your team needs to see the behavior you expect out […]

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Tone Setters

Great competitors can have a huge impact on the way you practice. I coached a player at Rhode Island College named Ethan Gaye, who was a tough combo guard who wasn’t recruited and came out for the team in the fall. I knew something was different about him when my veteran players kept asking me […]

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The New Reality

College basketball coaches are used to having power and control. But things are changing rather quickly. Players are now able to transfer one time without having to sit out a year. And soon to be enacted legislation will allow players to make money while in college off of their name, image and likeness. Every player […]

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The Low Maintenance Player

“Never underestimate the value of a low maintenance player.” – John Beilein When people ask me about the elite success we sustained at Rhode Island College (Hey! Look, you can read a book about it here!), I always say the same thing: We had elite talent willing to buy in to a championship culture. No […]

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Playing For Each Other

The best teams play for one another. They don’t play for the coach or for awards. They want to win, of course, but that’s not what ultimately drives them. They don’t want to let their teammates down. How do we create a team that plays for one another? “Count on You” We used this phrase […]

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Culture Is A Consequence of Actions

From Ben Horowitz’s book, “What You Do Is Who You Are.” Culture is weird like that. Because it’s a consequence of actions rather than beliefs, it almost never ends up exactly how you intend it. This is why it’s not a “set it and forget it” endeavor. You must constantly examine and reshape your culture […]

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