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12:56 pm

Coaches and Leaders - Developing tactical skills in your team is not the way to go

The long-term success of a team, whether in sport or in any organization, IS NOT dependent on the tactical skills and capabilities of those that make up the team. It may seem as though the ability of team members to shoot a ball, handle social media or execute on Customer-Centric Selling brings the success, but that's an illusion.

There's a deeper level where that fuels skills at various tasks and drives development of new skills; that's the place where coaches and leaders need to focus time and energies building.Read More


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12:52 pm

Why Students and Young Adults NEED Mental Training To Thrive in Today's World

We are not setting up our future leaders to see and experience properly.

We train our children and young adults to become proficient at a lot of things, hopefully some of them are engaging to them. We give them training to become better athletes. We put them in tutoring to do better on their college entrance exam. Each one of their classes tries to get them to a certain standard of knowledge to pass tests. When they get into the workplace, we teach them how to do specific tasks and handle a narrow set of projects.

Technical, tactical ability in these areas is NOT really where it's at, however. Read More


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8:00 am

Why Trees Grow on all Sides and how that Translates to Business

I was taking a walk recently recovering from back surgery and I was taken aback while looking at some spruce trees in the park.

Why do spruce trees, and shade trees in general, grow needles and leaves on all sides even though it would be able to do more of its job if it concentrated its needles and leaves to the south side so it can get more sun?

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11:40 am

Why do we Adults need to Close Life Chapters

My youngest son finished his youth traveling basketball experience yesterday with a loss. He will be moving to the high school ranks next year and it's possible he won't be playing with the boys he's been playing with for upwards of 5 years.

However, my son didn't exhibit any semblance of remorseful feelings and was surprised that I was sad.

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9:08 am

How Coaching Youth Sports is Like Coaching your Team in Business?

I’ve coached youth basketball for a number of years. I’ve often compared coaching youth with coaching teams in business. I’ve come to the conclusion that there are number of similarities and differences between the two audiences, such as:

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8:34 am

Effective work is done with effective reflection

"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action." ~Peter Drucker

In my experience as an employee, manager and business owner, I've seen so many people miss the quiet reflection part of their jobs, and even their lives.

In my last post, I talked about how I was able to open up and see the world around me in a different light while taking a walk. I've also talked about how to get more 'it came to me in the shower' moments.Read More

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7:21 pm

I had an 'in the shower' moment while taking a walk

I went for a walk this morning.

I committed myself to being open to whatever experience came to me.

The first 10 minutes or so were filled with searching for things or holding onto issues that had been on my mind for a while.

Then, it happened.Read More

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1:10 pm

3 Key Traits the Executive Leader for Tomorrow MUST have

This topic has been covered many times and I find a lot of the advice, quite honestly, pretty pithy. I also think it misses the point on what is really needed to be an executive leader in today's business world. Below are some of my thoughts. I'd like you to tear them apart if you wish. However, give them a thought first and use them to challenge your current assumptions before you comment.Read More


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10:29 am

How to get more "It occurred to me in the shower" moments

How many times have you heard, "It occurred to me while I was in the shower"? You recognize it as how people come up with novel and innovative ideas when they aren't thinking about it - when their not stressing themselves to come up with ideas and solutions.Read More


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