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How bad do they want IT? #GOALS

“What do you all want to accomplish this season?” the coach asked her team as they gathered at the first official practice of the year. “State Champions!” Jennifer shouted with approving nods and shouts from her teammates. “Most goals ever!” said Mia with enthusiasm. “I want to have more playing time.” Said Kelly, softly and… Continue reading How bad do they want IT? #GOALS

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Do coaches really hate some players?

I've talked with thousands of coaches over my career thus far, and I've heard many frustrations about athletes, but what I've really never heard are the words, "I hate this player." We actually care a great deal about our players. Some we don't click with the same as others, and some bring a higher level… Continue reading Do coaches really hate some players?

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The Window. Perception changes Everything.

I was sitting in what was really an epic training session today – part of the Power of Positive Leadership Training program, as I once again immersed myself in the principles that led to my transformation years ago. Once a believer that positivity was far too Pollyanna to create a winning environment or anything grounded… Continue reading The Window. Perception changes Everything.

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The best tool every coach has access too

As a coach, you carry something that can make an impact so great, that your team could be known consistently for their grit, determination, performance, resiliency, effort levels, focus, enjoyment, player retention, and suspiciously steep learning curve each season.  What each coach has in their possession is more powerful than many leaders realize, and it’s… Continue reading The best tool every coach has access too

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Where do coaches go?

You know what’s weird to me? Dentists a lot of times don’t have great teeth.  Some doctors never take their own advice. There are many out of shape but very effective fitness experts. AND many coaches who spend a significant time working on building bonds and connections on their team are terrible at building a… Continue reading Where do coaches go?

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Team bonding through Get-Along Shirt tactics

These kids are adorable. No idea who they are but found this pic on Pinterest Have you ever seen those get along shirts parents put on their kids who keep fighting? It’s big enough to fit two people and they have no choice but to figure out how to get along because they can’t escape… Continue reading Team bonding through Get-Along Shirt tactics

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Love like Milanyela

I’m finding myself looking for air, the kind of desperate search for oxygen that happens at 14000 feet when you’re trying to climb the mountain trail just a bit higher but wonder if your lungs will keep up. I gasp some in but it feels empty, there’s no relief. The flashes between smiles and remembering… Continue reading Love like Milanyela

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For the people in the back… OPEN YOUR DOOR!

A little louder because the people in the back are missing it.... Stop locking parents out. You've heard the expression Mama Bear protecting her cub when someone's kid is being picked on or hurt? That's a natural instinct.  As coaches, we have a team full of parents who would do anything for their kids, including… Continue reading For the people in the back… OPEN YOUR DOOR!

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Want Culture? Ask the losers..

             We turn to some of the best teams as a model for creating greatness. It makes sense, to emulate success by following the lead of those who pave the way. These teams attract the top talent, winners, physically blessed, highly trained, talented, driven, athletes and puts them out on… Continue reading Want Culture? Ask the losers..