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The Naturalness Bias: Why Most Coaches Value Talent Over Character

Our Fascination with the Natural In the Academy Award winning film, Good Will Hunting, 20-year-old Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon) is a genius, working as a lowly janitor at MIT. He gets the attention of math professor, Gerald Lambeau, after solving one of his...

Implementing the Commitment Tracking System

Listen to EVERY Article on the Audioblog Here 1% Better is Not A Mantra; It’s a System "Let’s get 1% better today!” Have you heard this? Maybe even said it? It’s a common mantra in sports today. This idea or mantra has been largely misinterpreted though—I’m guilty of...

Missed Opportunities to Develop Character

Typically, as a high-school coach, if you take your team of rowdy teenagers to dinner in a public restaurant, and the evening is forgettable, it was a success! As much as you want them to represent your program well, that often means, “Don’t be rude to the staff,...

Train Character with the Commitment Tracking System

Moving from Values to Virtues The 64-Page Culture Manual to Fraud, Corruption, and Bankruptcy Research has shown culture is the driver of behavior in the workplace, in the classroom, and on the sports field. So, in the early 2000s, one company was so intent on...

4 Steps of Transformational Discipline

Discipline That Builds (Not Breaks) Relationships 7 Minute Read or Listen to the AudioBlog Recently, I got an email from a coach with a question you may have pondered as well: “How can I build relationships with my players, but still maintain high standards in the...

Before You Implement a Character or Leadership Program

Part 2: Character and Leadership Development 3 Minute Read or Listen Thrive On Challenge Audioblog (If you have not read Part 1, please read it first) My Failure Last year, in a guest blog for Lead Em Up, I shared my journey of becoming intentional about culture...

The Character and Leadership Development You Need

Part 1: Deciding on a Leadership Curriculum 5 Minute Read or Listen Over the last few months, I've had some coaches ask if I would be developing a curriculum for teams. After a great deal of thought, I came to decide that I wouldn’t. My passion and interest are in...

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Discipline

Rethinking Our Discipline Strategies 5 Minute Read or Listen  “Hit the line! If we are going to continue to walk through these drills, then we are going to spend the rest of this practice running!” I definitely used this strategy more times than I can count. Not only...

4 Ways to Coach Character

Why You Need Conviction to Put Character First in Sports 5 Minute Read or Listen in iTunes You don’t need convincing that exercising 30 minutes every day is good for your health. You don’t need convincing that reading 15 minutes every day is good for your mind. You...

5 Strategies to Lead Athletes in Emotional Moments

Athletes in Emotional and Challenging Moments 7 Minute Read or Listen on iTunes We all have experienced the hard, emotional losses both as a coach and as a player. Your team may get blown out. They may have been upset by a “weaker” team. Or you may have come so close...

The Single Most Important Standard of a Transformational Culture

You Can’t Not Become Better 3 Minute Read or Listen Recently, I interviewed a woman named Jordan Patterson on my podcast, Coaching Culture (click here to listen to Episodes 24 & 25). Jordan shared her story of playing softball at Alabama, when they won a National...

If Sports Don’t Build Character, What Does?

“Sports don’t build character; they reveal it.” —John Wooden One of the biggest misconceptions in sports today is that they build character. However, if they inherently built character, professional and collegiate athletes in America would be some our most model...

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