Archive: Leadership

Empty seats in a stadium

What does a return to sports look like?

April 28, 2020

Depending on your location, your ability to train and compete has been restricted for up to eight weeks or more. And, you’re probably tired of the situation. I think we are all starting to feel quarantine fatigue. It’s no longer novel. Is there an end in sight? Hopefully. Because as athletes and coaches, we want […]

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Coach The Team You Have – That’s Leadership

April 3, 2020

“I don’t understand why they can’t do this drill!”  That was what a successful college sports coach said to me a few years ago when she was talking about how her team was doing in practice.  I had an idea of what was happening with her and her team, but I was intrigued.  I probed […]

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Leadership and Discipline – 50 for 50 Ideas #48 and #50

December 31, 2018

In my experience, athletes often want to be leaders. There’s a certain amount of prestige that comes with the title of leader or captain. It’s an honor. However, you don’t need a title to be a leader, and having a title doesn’t necessarily make you a good leader. A few years ago, I wrote a […]

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Contribute More to a Community – 50 for 50 Idea # 40

December 7, 2018

One of the most well known theories on motivation in psychology is Self Determination Theory. Developed by Ed Deci and Richard Ryan, this theory states that how we experience the concepts of autonomy, competence, and relatedness shape our motivation and can drive performance. Of these three concepts, let’s focus on relatedness, and more specifically community. […]

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50 for 50 Idea #21: Watch your sport more

May 24, 2018

When Bill Belichick was a youngster, he used to watch a lot of football film. At the time, his father, Steve, was a coach at the Naval Academy and one of his duties was to scout Navy’s upcoming opponents. That meant a lot of watching of film, and young Bill was there by his side. […]

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What is your definition of success?

February 3, 2015

This past weekend, I spoke to a group of dressage instructors/trainers at an educational conference in CT, and my topic was “How to be a Positive Coach.” While I don’t have much “street cred” in the horse world, I do have a good bit of experience and knowledge on coaching styles in both sports and […]

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Building Sportsmanship

January 12, 2015

If you watched the College Football Playoff game between Oregon and Florida State on New Year’s Day, you may have noticed that a large number of the players from FSU walked off the field at the end of the game without shaking hands and congratulating their opponents. The announcers observed this and commented on it. […]

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Be a Sports Leader!

December 23, 2014

Leadership is an important quality for many of us whether we are players, captains, coaches or managers. We want to be good leaders. But what does a good leader do? Is it all about winning or is there more to it than that? If you’re an aspiring leader, think about taking your leadership skills to […]

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