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Save a Friend’s Life

June 30th 2006

I recently heard a person share his experience of being diagnosed with cancer of the prostate and being rushed to the hospital for radical prostate cancer surgery.

This person is by all accounts a healthy individual who has exercised regularly, so he was surprised to receive the news.

Prostate cancer among men has been recognized as the No. 2 killer for over 50 years.

This gentleman described a blood test he took called the PSA that detected his prostate cancer and he encourages men who are at least 45 or older to ask their doctor for a PSA test and to continue taking one each year.

I share this with you because it just may save the life of some close to you, or possible even your own.

Have a great day and a most enjoyable weekend.

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Look For Opportunities to Exchange Ideas

June 29th 2006

I recently heard the saying: “If I give you a dollar and you give me a dollar, we each have one dollar. But if I share with you one idea and you share with me one idea, we each have two ideas.”

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, but unlike other times, I actually thought, “How can I take action on this neat saying?”

As a consultant, mentor and coach to sports executives, I’m continually sharing thoughts, ideas and best practices, and taking in many great ideas and best practices that executives share with me.

How about you? Are you exchanging ideas on a consistent basis?

If so, good for you! If not, why not?

It’s pretty amazing how ideas can multiply when you’re willing to share and brainstorm with others. Give it a shot! You’ll enjoy helping others, sharing what you know, and receiving ideas, thoughts and wisdom from those around you.

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Making Time Each Day to Improve

June 28th 2006

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about how I could improve in many ways. I could improve my overall eating habits (less ice cream for one!). I could improve my flexibility by stretching on a regular basis. I could always improve my patience. I could improve and increase the time I’m involved in our community, and the list goes on and on.

If you’re anything like me, you too likely think about various ways you’d like to improve, but how often do we actually make time to improve? I know I could “improve” my time spent on improving!

More often than not, I tell myself I’d like to improve, and I will improve one of these days, and one of these days doesn’t come for many of the things I should improve.

Well, “some day” could easily be today, as well as each day of the week. All I need to do is commit daily to improving one thing each day. It may be just one thing today, but seven things by the end of the week; 28 things after just one month and a whole lot of change several months down the road.

Okay, so which one do I tackle today? So many to choose from…I’ll start with addressing my lack of flexibility by setting aside time to stretch each morning.

Check back next week to see how I’m doing with my daily improvements. Until then, I challenge you to address ways you’ve considered how you could improve and schedule time to address those areas that are most important to you.

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What Would It Be Like To Be Sold Out?

June 27th 2006

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be sold out before the season ever begins?  It’s a dream scenario, right?  Well, it just happens to be a “dream come true” for the Jacksonville Jaguars and you can read about it here.
 

In the meantime, most of the sports world will keep dreaming about experiencing its own season ticket sellout and implementation of a waiting list.
 

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Lessons from the Movie Business

June 26th 2006

Have you gone to a movie theater lately?  How about those concession prices?  Outrageous, don’t you think?
 

Well, I read an article last week about how the movie industry is in a three-year rut – you can check out the article here – and I couldn’t help but think about the sports industry and how concessions prices at many sporting events are fairly high.  On average, they’re not as high as the theaters, but in my opinion, they are expensive, especially for your average family.
 

In addition, the article referenced how technology is easily making movies accessible outside the theaters.  Sports have become equally accessible to its fans from receiving scores on your cell phones to watching live web casts of games.
 

The movie industry is in a reactive mode to reinvigorate the moviegoers experience.  Could the sports industry be far behind?
 

Unlike movies, sports fans have the opportunity to see their favorite sports team live in action, which is much different experience and challenge the movie industry is presents.  However, fans can access the live telecasts, web casts pod casts from computers and hand-held devices, and these are realities the sports industry must deal with now or face similar attendance slides as the movie business.
 

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The burnt Toast Mantra

June 23rd 2006

I’m not sure who wrote the following quote I’m about to share with you, but I ran across it this week while traveling and thought it would be beneficial as a blog post: “If you get upset when the toast burns, what are you going to do when your house burns down?”

It’s a great reminder to those of us – myself included – who get upset over trivial things. Life’s too short to get upset over burnt toast!

I hope you have an awesome day and a most enjoyable weekend!

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Focus on Those with the Most Potential

June 22nd 2006

Former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Bill Walsh once said:

“Take a group of ten players. The top two will be super motivated. Superstars will usually take care of themselves. Anybody can coach them. The next six, with the right motivation and direction, will learn to perform up to their potential.

“The last two will waste your time. They won’t be with you for long. Our goal is to focus our organization detail and coaching on the middle six. They are the ones who most need and benefit from your direction, monitoring, and counsel.”

Although Walsh is speaking about professional football players, his thoughts relate well to most business teams.

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The Old Fashion Fish Bowl Enter to Win

June 21st 2006

I was in Los Angeles last week when I noticed a fish bowl with business cards in it.  The sign n the bowl invited the restaurant guests to drop their business card in the fish bowl for a chance to win a free dinner.
 

It occurred to me that most sports teams no don’t use the fish bowl enter to win strategy like restaurants have traditionally done for years.
 

Why not?
 

Each business card has the person’s name, title, business, address, phone number, fax number, email address and occasionally their cell phone number. This is all the information you need to follow up with a prospective ticket buyer or  a potential corporate partner.
 

You receive a day time phone number versus a home phone, so you can call during normal business hours. You receive the name of the person’s employer, which you can research prior to calling the person. You also avoid children who may enter your contests.
 

You could always place the fish bowl enter to wins at the concession stands near the cash register, just as restaurants do, and see how many business cards you collect during the season.
 

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Baseball Players Use iPod to Improve Play

June 20th 2006

I read an article this past weekend about MLB baseball players using video iPods to improve their play.

The video staff downloads every hitter a pitcher will face and the pitcher is able to view the video on his video iPod in the dugout or any where he chooses to watch the video. You can check out the article here.

If the video iPod can help MLB pitchers with their play, there’s likely ways the video iPod could assist the staff working behind the scenes in business operations.

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Fans Have Opportunity to Manage Team

June 19th 2006

Did you hear about the Schaumburg Flyers, an independent baseball team near Chicago, agreeing to allow fans to manage and make team decisions during the second half of the season?

The promotion is very similar to Bill Veeck’s Grandstand Managers’ Day promotion he implemented in 1951.

Since Veeck’s innovative promotion, many high school and college sports teams have allowed fans to “make the call” at various sporting events, but I haven’t heard of fans managing a team.

You can check out the Flyers “Fan Club: Reality Baseball” promotion here.

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Be Willing To Take Advice

June 16th 2006

I recently opened a fortune cookie and read “Be willing to take advice as to give it.” As a consultant, coach and mentor, I’m more often the one sharing advice and business best practices.

When I read the above message, it immediately hit home with me and the message was clear, I need to be as open to advice as I am willing to give it. This is a great reminder to someone like me who enjoys sharing advice and who could always improve my listening skills and willingness to accept advice and constructive feedback from others.

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Best Effort Every Day and Every Play

June 15th 2006

As a consultant, coach and mentor to sports executives I have the pleasure of working with some extremely gifted individuals who are passionate about their work and achieving success.

I also have opportunities to work with extremely gifted individuals who – for whatever reason – are not self-motivated and settle on being average even though their abilities could lead them to greatness.

We’ve all witnessed this first hand. Some people simply show up, put in their time, and are satisfied with average results.

Of course, this is an individual’s choice. Some people simply choose not to put forth the consistent effort necessary to achieve excellence.

I’ve always struggled to understand how someone with incredible talent could choose to be content not utilizing their talent versus someone who may not be as talented, but is determined to maximize his or her abilities to achieve beyond anyone’s expectations.

Those are the people I enjoy working with most…the person who – no matter what their talent level is and no matter what the circumstances present – gives their best effort every day, every play.

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Do What You Enjoy Most

June 14th 2006

Malcolm S. Forbes once said “The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.”
 

Are you doing what you most enjoy?
 

If you are, good for you!  If not, why not?
 

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Gap Analysis

June 13th 2006

Have you thought about where you are with your life and career and where you would like to be?

Do you get caught up in the future and dream about what it could be like for you years down the road? Do you think about the action steps and strategies necessary to convert your dreams to reality?

Have you been motivated enough by your dreams and what you could achieve that you’ve taken your thoughts, dreams and action steps and written each of them down so you can develop a roadmap to achieve your dreams?

We all have dreams, and we all know how to make those dreams come true. The difference between dreamers and achievers could be traced to one’s attitude. Successful people look at negative situations as opportunities to learn, improve and achieve.

Whether your dreams become reality is your choice. Add dates to your dreams and now you have goals.

As Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever your mind conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

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Comfortable versus Uncomfortable

June 12th 2006

Are you comfortable with your job, responsibilities and your individual daily results, or are you uncomfortable?

I don’t believe I’ve ever felt comfortable, content or satisfied with my individual results. I usually walk away from a day’s work feeling I could have done better and hungry for the next day to improve upon the day before.

Years ago I always would strive for perfection, and I always fell short. I guess this explains why I feel I could do better.

Over the years, though, I’ve learned that perfection is unattainable and I’ve turned my efforts and focus towards achieving excellence in all I do. I’ve yet to achieve excellence, but today – just like yesterday – I’ll give it my very best effort.

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Spokane Chiefs: $100,000 Playoff Guarantee

June 9th 2006

Did you hear or read that Bobby Brett, who is president of the Spokane Chiefs and brother of Hall of Fame baseball player George Brett, guaranteed the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club will make the playoffs or the ownership group will provide season ticket holders with refunds at the end of the 2006-07 season?

If you missed this story, you can read about it here.

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I Choose To Be In a Good Mood

June 8th 2006

A friend sent me this short inspirational story this week that I thought I’d share in this post:

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, “I don’t get it!

You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

He replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or … you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.”

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I choosethe positive side of life.

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes, it is,” he said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.”

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident.When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?”

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

“The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,” he replied. “Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or…I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked.

He continued, “…the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man’. I knew I needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said John. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes, I replied.’ The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Gravity’.”

Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live. Operate on me
as if I am alive, not dead.”

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude… I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

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Marathon Accomplished

June 7th 2006

Thank you to everyone who has called, left voice mail messages, and sent email well wishes regarding my first marathon experience. I really appreciate everyone’s support.

I’m happy to report I enjoyed the experience of completing my first marathon.

Thanks again for everyone’s support!

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Rick Kuhlman’s on a Mission

June 6th 2006

Rick Kuhlman and I met 18 years ago and have remained close friends ever since. He’s without question one of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve ever met, and I’m thankful for our friendship.
 

Rick has been developing a father/son Christian camp concept the last few years, and recently launched the Mission Mentors web site that I thought I’d share in this post.  I encourage you to check out the site and programs here.
 

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Ask: Why Am I on the Payroll?

June 5th 2006

Brian Tracy once wrote: “Anyone who does a great job consistently, over and over, kicks open the doors of opportunity in all directions. Such a person will be hired, paid well, promoted, advanced and given additional responsibilities because there are so few of them.

“Ask yourself, “Why am I on the payroll?” Whatever your answer to this question, work on it all day long.”

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Pain Is Better Than Regret

June 2nd 2006

I came across the following quote someone once made when asked how he managed to finish a marathon: “The Pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret.”

As I prepare to run in my first marathon tomorrow, I’m sure there will come a time or two that I’ll want to recall this quote.

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How Clear Is Your Sight?

June 1st 2006

Denis Waitley once said: “Virtually nothing on earth can stop a person with a positive attitude who has his goals clearly in sight.”
 

Are you clear about your goals, read them daily and consistently have a positive attitude?  If so, good for you!  If not, why not?
 

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