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Why “Buy-In” Isn’t Always a Good Thing

The Fallacy of Buy-In Back in the 1960s, a researcher named Charles Hofling conducted an obedience study with a group of 22 nurses. A mystery doctor phoned in and asked them to see if they had the drug Astroten. When each nurse confirmed they had the drug, she could...

Why You Are Failing to Motivate Your Players

“Motivation is overvalued. Environment often matters more.” - James Clear Why We Fail to Motivate I just had a well known college coach ask me to come in and give a motivational pep talk to his team. I declined. Not because I was too busy. Not because I was unwilling...

How One Coach Built the Most Competitive College Program Ever

It’s Not a Championship; It’s an Anniversary Anson Dorrance’s North Carolina Women’s Soccer Team had just won seven championships in a row and would go on to win 2 more, when a full page ad of the team was published hoisting the trophy would feature the caption, “It’s...

How Coaches Kill Player Motivation

Fighting Fire with Fire 4 Minute Read or Listen on iTunes “How do I motivate people to learn? To work? To do their chores? Or to take their medicine?—are the wrong questions. They are wrong because they imply that motivation is something that gets done to people...

How to Build a Competitive Spirit in Athletes

Kid's Don't Compete Anymore! 8 Minute Read or Listen You probably have had the realization that you want to win more than your players do; most young people today seem to lack the competitive fire that makes for a special athlete. And in the cases when they do have a...

The Most Motivational Half-Time Speech You Can Give

And You Will Never See it in a Sports Film It’s halftime! But my team is losing. Maybe it’s because we didn’t execute the game plan properly. Maybe we lacked the hustle and effort. Or maybe the players didn’t believe they were good enough to win this game. Either way,...

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