Favorite Part of the Day

Favorite Part of the Day

What traditions do you have on your team? Traditions are an important part of cultivating the type of team culture that creates good teammates. Traditions bond teammates and create connections within the team. As every great leader knows, a connected team has a much...

Run Yourself

Run Yourself

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? More importantly, what role has that advice played in shaping your life? I enjoyed seeing the world through Anthony Bourdain’s adventures and was sad to hear that the television star had taken his own life last week. With...

Seen and Not Heard

Seen and Not Heard

Have you ever questioned the younger generation’s ability to listen effectively? If you have, you’re certainly not alone. I hear it all the time from parents, teachers, and coaches: “Kids just don’t listen!” But before you find fault in the younger generation’s...

The Origins of a New Holiday

The Origins of a New Holiday

Yesterday, Americans observed Memorial Day—a day where we honored the great men and women who died while serving in the United States’ military. My family enjoyed our time together over the long three-day weekend. During a moment of downtime, I hopped on Facebook,...

More Air for Me!

More Air for Me!

When I was in high school, we had a rather quirky custodian who worked in our district. I know what you’re thinking—Me too! I think it is probably safe to say that nearly every high school employs a rather quirky custodian. They’re an iconic fixture in schools...

Ellie Lou’s Secret

Ellie Lou’s Secret

I’ve become a bit of a BBQ connoisseur. Actually, that may be somewhat of an understatement. A “BBQ addict” is probably a more accurate assessment, because I’m always on the lookout for a great BBQ joint. In fact, I am almost as obsessed with discovering good BBQ as I...

5 Ways to Confront a Toxic Teammate

5 Ways to Confront a Toxic Teammate

Every team heading in the wrong direction has them—toxic teammates. They are malcontents, agitators, and disruptors of harmony. As the expression goes, they seem to have a problem for every solution. What to do about them? One thing is for sure, if you do nothing, the...

The Flying Lullaby

The Flying Lullaby

I spoke at a conference on Saturday, and I gave the audience some examples of the different teams to which we can belong—our place of employment, our community, our family, etc. I happened to mention that even the passengers on an airplane can be a team. Little did I...

The Pooh Bear Statue

The Pooh Bear Statue

Sometimes the best lessons in life come at the most unexpected moments. I’ve been juggling a few different projects this month, and the stress associated with those projects has caused me in many ways to be something other than a good teammate lately to the teammates...

Respect vs. Disrespect

Respect vs. Disrespect

What matters more to you, respect or disrespect? I had an opportunity recently to speak at a juvenile detention center, and this was a confusing question for many of the individuals there. In my experience, this a group that genuinely benefits from hearing the “Be a...

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