CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK

“Being positive doesn’t mean you don’t address what’s wrong. It means you confront issues in a constructive way to make them right.” – Jon Gordon We often associate constructive feedback with negativity. Gordon says that in an attempt to be positive, we forego or delay feedback. He suggests a different approach. I think constructive feedback is one form of courageous communication. By its very nature, constructive feedback says: “Instead of doing that, you should consider […]

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TIMELESS COACHING TACTICS

“You attract who you are. Not who you want.” A team takes on the personality of the leader. I’ve just read a book about Nick Saban, the University of Alabama football coach. He turned 70 yesterday and has amassed an unmatched record in coaching success. Those who have played and coached with him say he has changed through the times, but some things have stayed the same. In other words, he employs tactics to face […]

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NAVIGATING CHANGE

Found this quote today: “You can change environments. But until you change yourself, nothing else will ever change.” – Joshua Bonhotal We live in a dynamic, changing environment. Things are thrown at us all the time. Sometimes it feels overwhelming. I see people shut down because of the change that is occurring. The waves come so fast and furious it is easy to give in. The important question that this quote drew from me is […]

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A SELF-SEARCHING INVENTORY

Joe Ehrmann was a pro football player who spent his adult life coaching football with underprivileged kids.  His amazing success has been documented in several books.  My favorite was Season of Life by Jeff Marx. Ehrmann says there are five questions one must answer to have a full, satisfying life.  They are worth considering. The five “I” questions to ask of yourself: 1.) Identity:  Who am I? How do you describe yourself in the world?  […]

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IT ALL ADDS UP

“In order to be a winner, you have to look for ways of getting things done and not for reasons why things can’t be done.  People who live with excuses have things that can’t be done hovering around them all the time”.  Mike Krzyzewski, Hall of Fame basketball coach This is a “happening to the world” statement. What needs to be done?  What can be done?  How do we change things to make this better? […]

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TIME MANAGEMENT – STEWARD BETTER, SQUANDER LESS

“Time is the stuff of life. You either learn to steward it faithfully, or you squander it.” – Reagan Rose Those are the extremes: good steward of time or time waster. We know we each have the same amount of time in a day. Learning to steward it faithfully takes effort, purpose, and practice. As I read the above quote, it caused me to consider: “How am I trying to steward my time better?” I […]

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CULTURE IS DYNAMIC, NOT STATIC

“Culture is dynamic, not static.  Every person on your team and organization creates your culture each day by what you all think, say, and do.  You can elevate it by what you think.  You can improve it by what you say.  And you can make it great by what you do!” – Jon Gordon I highly recommend Jon Gordon as an author.  His books are short, insightful, inspirational. Let’s break down his statement. “Culture is […]

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TELLING THE TRUTH

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” – Thomas Sowell I hold “courageous communication” as an essential team value.  Sowell’s quote here may be as simple of an explanation as I’ve seen. “Courageous communication” is the truth. It needs to be known.  By bringing it to the surface the team will get better.  Problems will be solved. […]

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BE AWARE OF YOUR POSITION

Be aware of your position. It begins where your feet are. Your position impacts others.   They note your attitude.  They note your work ethic.  They note your effectiveness.  In your position, you impact those you interact with during the day by how you model your identity. Your position extends to those around you.  There’s always an opportunity to impact others.  Do you say positive words, acknowledging effort and contributions?  Do you offer words of instruction and […]

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AN “EVERY DAY” COMMITMENT

Buzz Williams is the basketball coach at Texas A&M.  I caught a video of him speaking to his team before they began practice for the coming season. His theme was the difficulty of “every day.”  His point was that teams are built, programs are created, and success is achieved on the steady improvements made “every day.” He noted that success doesn’t jump up in leaps and bounds.  It comes through dedicated “every day” effort where you […]

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