We talk about wanting team unity, but often as leaders we end up in a Me vs You battle when it’s time to correct behaviors. When effort levels, focus, distractions, or priorities become an issue, the old school form of leadership is still quite popular. That’s the one where we immediately take that authoritarian stance… Continue reading Change leadership from Me vs You, to WE
I can set the tone of something. I can create atmosphere ahead of an event or meeting. I can structure guidelines, expectations, and procedures. I can design the colors, the logo, principles, the outward branding. But even after all of that, I haven’t built culture. That’s the disconnect. That’s where we miss the mark as… Continue reading You can’t build it in your preseason meeting. #culture
By nature, coaches are problem solvers. Rarely do we come into a situation that goes as planned. How many times a season does a coach show up to a situation where the field is not available, the gyms are all taken, half the team is on a field trip, someone forgot the ball bag, etc.… Continue reading Curse of the Great Problem Solvers
Nobody wins with new coach syndrome. I've had it, I've had it real bad, so I can speak from experience. My kids have had coaches with it, so I can speak from a parents point of view. My own coaches have had it when I was a player. You get the idea. Guess who lost… Continue reading New coach syndrome
Just a quick blog update to announce the availability of Confessions of an Imperfect Coach on Amazon! If you pre-ordered through kateleavell.com, your signed books ship out tomorrow. If you've read a pre-release copy, it would mean a great deal to me if you could take a minute to log-in to amazon and leave a review. Signed copies are still… Continue reading Now available!
Everyday, parents choose teams they hope will give their kids the best experience. Before you choose yours - read this. THE LETTER: Dear Daughter, I vividly remember the day the uniform for your first team came in a plastic bag with your name written in red sharpie on the outside. You ran upstairs, making those… Continue reading Dear Daughter. The LETTER
Many years ago, when I was just starting out as a high school coach, one of my former players tweeted that I was a “life ruiner.” It was like a punch in the gut. We’d just come off of a winning season, unquestionably the best season this program had ever had. I’d just been awarded… Continue reading Life Ruiner
Click Here to PREORDER YOUR signed COPY! How will you be remembered? What stories will your players tell about you to their kids, their own teams? What life lessons will they walk away with when it's all over? Have you ever stood in front of your team knowing what they… Continue reading Pre-Order Available!
You want to build a program with a mission. This is your pre- try out or pre- placement speech. Leave no room for doubt. Make no apologies. Instead of rules and regulations to keep people in line, build the expectation before they set foot on the field. Let them decide to get off the bus… Continue reading Leave no room for doubt
I'm turning 40 this fall, and as I've talked to my friends all reaching this "City Slickers" mid-life crisis age, I came to realize there is a theme to the chatter. Despite the blessings so many of us are surrounded by and truly appreciate, there are universal questions being asked. Am I doing what I'm supposed… Continue reading Love it or Leave it