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The Simplest Way to Check If Your Players Understand Their Roles

This college coach prided himself on communication. He was working to be transparent around playing time and roles this season. He was determined to lean into the hard conversations that he had avoided for so long. So, he implemented biweekly conversations with his...

How You Can Create More Leaders This Season

“Leaders create leaders by passing on responsibility, creating ownership, accountability, and trust.” —James Kerr, Legacy No More Team Talks Rugby coach Graham Henry had been coaching for 30 years, and every game, he gave a team talk. Then, one day in 2005—early on in...

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...

Stop Talking About High Character, Start Doing High Character

Now the VP of Team Development at the Houston Texans, Jack Easterby—who was once labeled the Patriot’s Secret Weapon by USA Today—shared a story with me that blew me away. I asked him how he helped his players overcome the entitlement and other challenges that can so...

How to Be More Connected Than 99% of Teams After Day One

In 1997, the American Navy was facing a big problem. Less than 50% of their sailors were reenlisting after completing a tour of duty. Retraining new sailors cost the navy at least $100K, but they understood the real cost of losing sailors was not just financial; it...

If You Couldn’t Play at All…

“If you couldn’t play at all, would you be a valuable teammate every day?” –Brad Stevens Be honest: When you get injured; When you foul out of the game; When your coach pulls you out because of a mistake; When your teammate beats you out for playing time; When you...

4 Keys to Creating a Plan for Your Culture

Calling Up: Discovering Your Journey to Transformational Leadership Pre-Order Now: Click Here Get your free chapter of Calling Up here! Creating Culture “Culture is a set of living relationships working toward a shared goal. It’s not something you are. It’s something...

The Simplest Way to Get Follow-Through on Player Commitments

Calling Up: Discovering Your Journey to Transformational Leadership Pre-Order Now: Click Here Get your free chapter of Calling Up here! The Power of a Checklist The number of surgeries performed every year in the world is growing at a staggering rate, averaging now...

6 Steps to a Transformational Culture

Part 3: Leadership and Character Development 3 Minute Read or Listen Part 1: 4 Keys to Curriculum Part 2: 4 Culture Essentials “If the system does not change, it will set people up to fail.” Michael Beer If you have read my previous two articles then you understand...

How to Determine Playing Time for Your Team

Playing Time 12 Minute Read or Listen Unless you have been the coach responsible for who plays and who doesn’t, then you don’t understand the challenges and pressures of setting lineups and making substitutions. Coaches are faced with many conflicting feelings,...

7 Ways to Get Off-Season Player Buy-In

Standards to Control or Empower 8 Minute Read or Listen on iTunes Over the last month, one of the most dominant challenges and topics of conversations I have had with mentees and other coaches has been getting “player buy-in” to an off-season program. One feeling...

Why Your Team Needs a Hell Week

The Selection 10 Minute Read or Listen on iTunes You may be the coach who has 100 kids at a tryout for a roster of 12 or you may be the coach who struggles to get the numbers together to form a team. Regardless of your situation, a selection process can help lay a...

One Simple and Powerful Way to Finish the Season

What would you say to your younger self? 4 Minute Read or Listen We all have learned a great deal through our experiences in life, most of these being mistakes and failures! As coaches, we inevitably face the challenge of communicating these lessons to our players in...

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...

The 1st Step to Building a Selfless Culture

A Selfish Culture Stems from a Lack of Leadership Something I've noticed is most coaches at most levels aren't satisfied with their team's performance last season. They feel they are underachieving. And this is regardless of how many games they won or even if they...

The End of the Year Highlight Film that Highlights the TEAM

Telling the Story of Our Season Below is the speech I gave to our parents and players before unveiling our highlight film at the end of the year team banquet. Thank you everyone for coming to celebrate a very special season for the Notre Dame Basketball program. The...

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