Lockdown Logic

Lockdown Logic

Last week, I had an opportunity to attend a freshman English class at a high school where I was speaking. Midway through the class, the principal’s voice came over the school’s intercom, announcing the commencement of a “lockdown” drill. I have visited lots of schools...

Playing Out of Position

Playing Out of Position

Of all the unpleasant things I’ve heard parents utter from the bleachers at youth sporting events, I find one phrase to be the most unsettling: “He/She is playing him/her out of position.” The “he/she” being the coach, and the “him/her” being that parent’s child. I...

Why Are You Thankful?

Why Are You Thankful?

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for reflection. It’s the ideal occasion for us to pause and think about what we’re thankful for in our lives. Some families have a tradition of gathering around the dinner table and stating what each member is thankful for before they...

Useful Sports Clichés

Useful Sports Clichés

You either love sports clichés or you hate them. I happen to love them. I think sports clichés add to the aura of sports and amplify the excitement of games. I am especially fond of sports clichés that apply to being a good teammate. Here are twenty classic sports...

Selfishness Awareness

Selfishness Awareness

I was eating breakfast at a McDonald’s when I noticed a situation developing outside. The highway department was doing construction on the street in front of the restaurant and had blocked off several lanes with orange cones. The lane closures were congesting traffic....

Critical Instruction

Critical Instruction

Two quarterbacks suffered through similar games. Both quarterbacks played poorly. Both got booed by their fans. And both of their teams lost. Each quarterback, however, responded differently to post-game questions from the media. When asked about the fans booing him...

Sharpen The Chisel

Sharpen The Chisel

Are you familiar with the parable about the woodcutter and his dulling axe? Several variations of the parable float around the Internet, but the basic premise is as follows: A man is hired to chop down trees. Filled with zeal and intent on impressing his new boss, the...

Rain Dancers

Rain Dancers

The rain dance is traditionally associated with Native American tribes from the southwestern United States. But the rain dance is far from exclusive to Native Americans. For generations, dances intended to invoke rain were a regular part of tribal life in parts of...

The WE Gear Announcement

The WE Gear Announcement

I am so excited…soooooo excited…to announce the release of my new book, The WE Gear: How Good Teammates Shift from Me to We!!! I wholeheartedly believe this book to be a game changer for any team, as it offers an insightful look into the art of being a good teammate....

Managing Inconvenience

Managing Inconvenience

The past few months have proven to be a bit of a tough stretch for my family. I lost my sister to cancer in July and my father passed away last week. At my father’s funeral, someone remarked that “tough times create tough people.” That may be true, but what I’ve found...

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