3 Easy Ways to Understand Your Athletes Better

I’ve become a raving fan of Brett Ledbetter and his book What Drives Winning. The title isn’t framed as a question, but it really is a question.  What drives winning? Not to spoil it for you, but his answer is…(drumroll please): CHARACTER. If you focus on building character, the winning will take care of itself. …

Stuck in Negativity? Read This.

Mix stress with some unexpected losses or injuries and BOOM! Negativity can sprout up in no time. It’s so easy to fall into a negative mindset, sometimes we don’t even realize it’s happening. But before you know it, you’re finding it harder and harder to get out of bed. For most of us, positivity requires …

5 Steps to Sharper Focus

In a world brimming with distraction, maintaining focus is more important than ever. The best way to cut through all the information and interruption is to develop laser-like clarity around who you are and why you coach. Clarity also helps keep your engine going when fear and discouragement creep in. The framework developed by the …

3 Tips to Better Self-Leadership

Confession: I’m a Coke addict. You might not believe me since I don’t drink a six pack a day or even a week. I feel like an addict, though, because of how I have used Coke. I can find lots of “reasons” to have a Coke. Sad, lonely, depressed? Have a Coke (and a smile!). …

Finding the Silver Lining When You Lose Your Job

After nine months at KPMG accounting firm I received a call to meet with a partner about my annual review. He told me that I was the opposite of most first year employees—I had the people skills but not the technical skills to succeed at the firm. They were letting me go. Never did I think that I would get fired from my first job out of college! Looking back, this marked a defining moment in my life.

3 Tips for Better Sleep

I’ve seen it time and time again, and you have too—coaches who struggle to sleep. Particularly in-season. Late night film, crazy travel schedules and the pressure to win (and keep their job) are just a few of the reasons coaches find it tough to sleep well. The results? Moodiness. Caffeine addiction. Increased stress. Slower thinking …

How to Get Better at Anything

You’ve probably heard it said that leaders are learners. Our world is changing at light speed, so in order to lead effectively, we’ve got to keep growing and learning. But getting better as leaders (or in any area of life) requires more than gathering and understanding information.   In practice, Penn State coach Coquese Washington …