Just Share Your Love

Just Share Your Love

Becky called Herb with some exciting news. She had just been hired as a teacher at her alma mater. It would be her first full-time teaching job since graduating college. However, her hiring came with one small caveat; she was required to also coach the school’s soccer...

Like Mary’s Dad

Like Mary’s Dad

The world needs more people who think like Mary’s dad. I suspect your immediate response is Who’s Mary’s dad? And how does he think? Let me elaborate. My wife and I recently caught up with a friend whom we had not seen in a several years. This person had been a...

In Lieu of Flowers

In Lieu of Flowers

I am writing this edition of Teammate Tuesday with a heavy heart. After a prolonged battle with cancer, my sister passed away last week. Know that what follows is not a eulogy, but a lesson in living—a good teammate lesson. Lana was the youngest of my five siblings. I...

State Your Empathy

State Your Empathy

Good teammates have an uncanny ability to empathize. They are hyperaware of their teammates’ emotions and can slide into their teammates’ shoes with the precision of a forensic psychologist. Recognizing what it feels like to be in someone else’s shoes is vital to...

Send ‘Em Home with Anticipation

Send ‘Em Home with Anticipation

Contrary to a popular urban myth among students, teachers are not stored away in boxes over the summer break. Believe it or not, they actually continue to function as normal human beings. Some of them have summer jobs. Some of them go on vacations with their families....

Clothier to General Washington

Clothier to General Washington

In a few days, America will celebrate it’s 243rd birthday. This is the third time that our Teammate Tuesday blog has fallen during the week of Independence Day. The first time, I wrote about the need for good teammates to become independent of the vices that hold them...

10 Ways to Express Gratitude

10 Ways to Express Gratitude

Good teammates are grateful. They appreciate the people in their lives, are genuinely thankful when someone is kind to them, and never hesitate to express their gratitude. Studies have consistently shown that individuals who are grateful experience better physical and...

A Frozen Mindset

A Frozen Mindset

We often hear about the importance of people having a growth mindset—a belief that intelligence and ability can develop with time and experience. People who have this mentality value persistence and understand that extra effort can lead to higher levels of...

Take Them Where They Are

Take Them Where They Are

In my book Building Good Teammates, I wrote about a nun named Sister Eric Marie. I referred to her in the book as “That nun,” a nicknamed derived from how frequently people used to ask me about that nun hanging around the team I coached. If you’ve read the book, you...

Purposeful Acts of Kindness

Purposeful Acts of Kindness

Last month, the governor of Pennsylvania officially declared May 23 as 1-4-3 Day in honor of native son Fred Rogers. The designation was intended to encourage the state’s residents to “embrace the spirit of the kindest Pennsylvanian” by sharing acts of kindness with...

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