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...

The Disillusioned Teammates

The Disillusioned Teammates

High school graduation season has arrived, and the signs of the “season” are unavoidable! Every store front has a prominent display of graduation cards and gifts, homes are adorned with yard signs boasting that a “2019 grad lives here,” and social media is flooded...

The Prince William Effect

The Prince William Effect

Jumping to conclusions without trying to see an issue from another perspective is a poor method of operation. This is especially true in team settings. Teammates create unnecessary drama when they rush to judgement before seeking alternative angles from which to view...

Who’s the Best GOT Teammate?

Who’s the Best GOT Teammate?

With Sunday night’s airing of the series finale, HBO’s Game of Thrones will officially come to an end. I have grown to become a “GOT” fan. I wasn’t initially, but a friend’s insistence that I “get on board” and start watching the show led to my present state of...

Nice Guys Are the Only Ones Who Finish

Nice Guys Are the Only Ones Who Finish

The label “nice guy” carries an undeserved stigma in sports. In Building Good Teammates, I wrote: Whoever said nice guys finish last was too impatient. In the end, nice guys are the only ones who finish. A man named Leo “The Lip” Durocher is the whoever credited with...

Come to Work Day

Come to Work Day

Twenty-six years ago, a group of New York City educators reached out to the Ms. Foundation about a troubling pattern of behavior they had been noticing with young women in their schools. The Ms. Foundation was involved in research that found young women’s loss of...

Become that Someone

Become that Someone

Basketball season is drawing to an end. High school titles have been awarded, college basketball champions have been crowned, and the pros have moved into the postseason. Somewhere between the end of March Madness and the start of the NBA playoffs, the NBA quietly...

Contributing to the Mission

Contributing to the Mission

A pastor was soliciting support for an upcoming mission trip. He wanted parishioners from his church to assist in the cleanup efforts and help rebuild damaged homes in a community that had been devastated by a hurricane. Not everyone in the congregation was able to go...

Act Within the Cube

Act Within the Cube

I was recently volunteered to help build props for a local youth theatre troupe. The show’s director wanted “oversized dice”—large wooden boxes, capable of safely bearing the weight of a child. Her request presented a challenge in terms of design. The boxes needed to...

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