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Three Ways I Will Fight Racism Moving Forward

One evening in the late 1960s, a few years into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career at UCLA, Kareem and Coach John Wooden had dinner together. Kareem was still wary of his white coach,  as it was still early in their nearly 50-year relationship. As they were leaving the...

3 Ways to Turn Problems into Opportunities

The Problem with Your Problems Back in 1974, a young film director named Steven Spielberg had what he thought was a really big problem. He was making a shark movie, but he didn’t have a shark. He was over budget, past the deadline, and pouring more and more money into...

What Makes a Coach Tough?

As coaches, we love to talk about toughness. We want tough players. We probably have a good vision of what toughness looks like for our players, but do we know what toughness looks like for us coaches? When I reflect on my own coaching, or even when I turn on the...

How to Turn a Bad Season Around

How do I turn around a bad season? I’ve coached long enough and supported enough coaches to know the answer to that question is not just in their win-loss record. Now, if you had asked me a few years ago, I would have likely told you the solution is in the team’s...

Four Steps to Take Control of Your Anger

The Quickest Way to Drop 20 IQ Points Inside the lower part of your brain, located in the limbic system, is a little almond-sized thing called your “amygdala”. We’ve all got one, and it is one of the most significant parts of every human body. Research has shown that...

How to Get More from Your Reading

It’s been reported adults average 11 hours of media consumption a day. The research shows the majority of this consumption only adds to the stress and anxiety of our life. Does all this information provide any value in my life? What I’ve learned is the more access to...

One Special Way to Connect with Your Team

Something was still missing. He wanted something more for the upcoming season and for his players. Over the last fifteen years this coach had mastered the technical and tactical parts of his game, becoming one of the most well-respected coaches across the country. So...

Why Sleeping More Will Make You A Better Coach

Some years ago, a group of researchers in Australia wanted to understand how dangerous driving a truck was while sleep deprived. So, they gathered a large group of truckers and ran two tests. For the first test, they got the truckers drunk. After each drink, they...

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...

The Secret Habit of Great Leaders

Solitude is a subjective state in which your mind is free from input from other minds. [It] requires you to move past reacting to information created by other people and focus instead on your own thoughts and experiences—wherever you happen to be.” –Cal Newport,...

My Reading List

*I'll be updating this list and making various recommendations and rankings of types of books in the future! 2017 List Fearless- Eric Blehm 1776- David McCullough Steal Like an Artist- Austin Kleon Steve Jobs- Walter Isaacson The Last Lecture- Randy Pausch Chop Wood...

My Actions are Speaking So Loud My Players Can’t Hear Me!

Excerpt from my book Calling Up Embarrassed as ever, Daniel visited John after the game. John answered the door, and Daniel walked right into his living room and fell into the oversized armchair. “What a complete disaster! My team is so bad, and I was so blind to how...

5 Ways Align Your Behaviors with Your Values

Why do we need a system for personal improvement? Read more here! Listen to this blog and many others here. To Spank or Not to Spank “Your turn!” I said to my wife, Melissa, as my two-year-old daughter, Alena, had just defiantly thrown a toy across the room, shouted,...

Why Coaches Need to Define Their “Why”

4 Minute Read or Listen Why Do I Coach? Whether we are in our first year or our 30th year of coaching, we need to constantly ask ourselves this question, and we need to have a good answer for it. If we don’t keep our “why” at the forefront of our mind, we will forget...

8 Ways to Transform Player-Coach Relationships

Giving More to Our Players 7 Minute Read or Listen on Here “When you begin to see others as people you end up seeing people who have hopes, dreams, fears, and even justifications that resemble your own.” –The Arbinger Institute Years ago, a mentor asked me to write...

How to Coach the Entitled iGeneration Athlete

Adapting to the iGeneration 6 Minute Read or Listen Many coaches are  struggling with the growing sense of entitlement in the iGeneration. If you aren’t then you are ahead of the pack! Where do they get this sense of entitlement? Well, children aren’t being born...

The Hard Feedback Coaches Need

Avoiding the Truth 5 Minute Read or Listen     It was one of those coaching moments when you are so humiliated, you don’t want to speak to a soul. My team had just suffered a crushing defeat to our crosstown rivals at home on a Friday night in a packed gym. The...

Why We Shouldn’t Model Winning Coaches

2 Issues with Modeling a Winning Coach 8 Minute Read or Listen on iTunes If you followed this year’s college basketball March Madness Tournament, you were probably like me and were cheering for Loyola-Chicago, who was this year’s Cinderella story. Every year, there is...

3 Strategies to Move from a Coach-Led Team to a Player-Led Team

How a Sled Dog Team Works Sled Dog teams have been around since 1000 BC and are still used today; not just for racing, but in the place of snowmobiles and helicopters for rescue operations. They are even able to travel for 6-8 hours across the roughest arctic...

How I Read 52 Books in a Year

Read More Books with These 5 Transformational Habits 6 Minute Read or Listen on iTunes “Reading is a form of mentorship where we can learn from the greats even if we can’t spend personal time with them. I’ve literally tricked hundreds of thousands of people into...

What beliefs are holding you back?

What Elephants Can Teach Us About Limiting Beliefs Elephants are the strongest land animals in the world, with some possessing the strength to carry up to 9,000 KG, or 130 humans. So, how does the circus hold them back with a single rope? From the time they are...

Why We Need Leaders Who Call People Up Instead of Calling People Out

Young People Need Models, Not Critics A Model Leader  In 2015 Pope Francis visited Philadelphia and I spent those few days amazed at the extent of the coverage by the major news networks. Our main stream media was showing 24 hour coverage of the visit and this was...

How to Become a Transformational Coach on the Sidelines

The Crazed Sideline Coach “Simply put, we have to learn to become mindful of who we are and what we are doing. This development of mindfulness, the ability to perceive ourselves and others accurately, is the most profound journey a coach can take.” -Joe Ehrmann  Since...

Serving Others Doesn’t Always Look the Way We Want It

What My Mother Has Taught Me About Servant Leadership  My mother is a breast cancer survivor. I was only 10 years old at the time that she went through chemotherapy and radiation. In an effort to keep me from worrying, she did her best to hide the pain, suffering, and...

The Two Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday

“There is something about experiencing repeated failure and lack of resources, that is a part of the formula for bringing out the deepest creativity, resourcefulness, and persistence needed to reach one’s personal greatness.” -Joshua Medcalf Our Fear of Mistakes “I...

How to Read More in the 21st Century

Initially Publish February, 2017 I recently read an article that calculated the average time an American spends on social media every year equals the time it would take to read 200 books. Books have so much to offer all of us and we should be seeking a better balance...

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