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Follow a Leader

September 22nd 2008

I enjoy participating in mentoring programs.  It’s a terrific way to pass on what others have given to me and assist youth, as well as up and coming executives in the sports business and in life.

A retailer has developed the “Follow a Leader” initiative that’s a creative essay program where youth have the opportunity to win a day with a leader, a $1,000 savings bond, lunch with a leader, and $5,000 for their school. (more…)

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What a Difference Saying “Please” Makes

April 9th 2007

While making a quick stop recently at an airport fast food restaurant, I was surprised when immediately after I ordered and was given my change, the cashier said: “Stand on the right side.”

Not “Please stand to the right,” or “Stand to the right please,” or “Could you please stand to the right?”

The cashier simply said, “Stand on the right side,” followed by “Next!” as she looked at the next person in line and stepped to the side. (more…)

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NACDA Creates Mentoring Institute

March 12th 2007

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) have announced an inaugural Mentoring Institute for collegiate athletics administrators who are one step away from being a collegiate athletics director.

NACDA has put together an all-star panel of presenters and topics for the inaugural institute, which will take place in June at the annual NACDA convention in Orlando.

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Wooden’s Expectations of Team Members

March 1st 2007

John Wooden, who won 10 NCAA Basketball Championships at UCLA and who was named Coach of the Century by ESPN, shares in his book “The Essential of Wooden,” (by John Wooden and Steve Jamison) that he had nine expectations of team members – which I believe could apply to life, work and sport – and they were:  (more…)

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Straight from the Peon’s Mouth

December 18th 2006

I enjoy reading and business books dominate my book library.  On occasion, and usually when traveling on business, I find a book that catches my eye that I likely wouldn’t find at our local book stores.
 

“The Peon Book: How to Manage Us” by Dave Haynes, self described chief executive peon, was one of those books I recently picked up and read.
 

It was a fascinating quick read (only 150 pages) with seemingly simple suggestions from the employee’s perspective versus the managing experts we often see and read.
 

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He Is Only a Boy

September 29th 2006

I ran across an article on sportsmanship that includes a poem – He Is Only a Boy – featured in a high school football game program.

It is amazing how some parents and fans in general get pretty worked up and animated during kids games and towards kids as they give their very best on the sports field.

I know there was a time I caught myself shouting directions to our son as he attempted to play youth basketball.  I was encouraging him to “box out” the guy he was playing defense against and go get the rebound.  He looked at me with a big question mark on his face as if to say, “box what?”

I looked at my wife and said, “He has absolutely no clue what “box out” means, and that’s my fault because I didn’t take the time during the week to teach him what ‘box out’ means.” I continued, “I have no business yelling instructions about something I haven’t taught him how to do.  So from this point forward, unless we work on something during the week and he knows what I’m talking about, I’m just going to sit here and be quiet.”

My wife just looked at me and smiled.  I had a pretty good idea what she was thinking…”You, be quiet? I’ll believe it when I see it.” For those of you who know me, or wo’ve come to know me through our blogs, understand I’m a pretty animated person who finds it challenging to just sit still, let alone be ‘quiet,’ and simply ‘observe’ an event.

Well, when our son’s game ended, I apologized to him and shared that I wouldn’t say anything in future games unless he and I worked on things during the week or previously.  He thought that was a good idea.  Over the years, that ‘idea’ has proven to be a good rule between myself and our kids.

So this article – He Is Only a Boy – really hits home with me.

It’s a great reminder to continue being a mentor and role model for our kids, and I encourage you to do the same with your kids and/or all of today’s youth. Together we can make a difference.

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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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