Delivering Your Message

“Many communicators try to make themselves look smart. Great listeners are more interested in making their audience feel smart.” – Adam Grant, Think Again Think about how you deliver your message to your team. What is your goal? My ability to deliver the right message to my team has evolved over the years. When you […]

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Golden State’s Front Office

Terrific look inside Golden State’s approach to rebuilding their team while still competing for a championship. So many great gems in here. Inside the Warriors’ restructured front office at the end of a validating NBA Finals season Preseason. Los Angeles. An overall meaningless night to the viewing public in what was then known as Staples […]

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Connected

When I watch the Celtics play, especially late in the year and in the playoffs, the word I think about is ‘connected.’ They are connected on both ends of the floor, but especially on the defensive end. The hardest teams to beat – and the best teams I’ve ever coached – are connected. They play […]

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Earn Your Time

An old article I’ve always liked about how Chris Haack, the golf coach at Georgia, sets his lineup. The players have to earn it, in competitive practice rounds, every week. https://www.golfchannel.com/article/college-central/uga-coach-makes-players-earn-their-playing-time

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Motivational Interviewing

From Adam Grant’s book “Think Again.” In the early 1980 a clinical psychologist named Bill Miller was troubled by his field’s attitude toward people with addictions. It was common for therapists and counselors to accuse their substance-abusing clients of being pathological liars who were living in denial. That didn’t track with what Miller was seeing […]

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Lead From Behind

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when a nice thing occurs. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people would appreciate your leadership.” – Nelson Mandela It takes great courage to lead your team from behind.

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Nick Saban on Presence

From a recent article in The Athletic about how college football coaches hire assistants. Nick Saban nails it on the importance of presence for anyone who eventually wants to be a head coach. Saban goes, ‘Hey, let me tell you something. I’m not worried about what they know. Is he able to articulate what he’s […]

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Tom House

King of Throws A really good New York Times article on pitching coach Tom House, who goes about teaching and coaching with a different approach. Tom House rebuilt Nolan Ryan and fixed Randy Johnson. He worked with Tom Brady and Drew Brees. At 75, he has reinvented himself (again) with an app that teaches young […]

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