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Parenting Character

Your athlete’s success or lack of achievement in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are… But having an athlete of strong character that is coachable, respectful, resilient, and tries his or her best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.  We must remember that sports are an introduction into so many things and it can be used as a springboard for life’s lessons.  Being a supportive parent on the sideline, not yelling at the officials, saying kind…

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Constructive Feedback

Have you ever wondered about the evaluation process at your organization? Is it as clear for you as it is for your boss and have they thoroughly explained it? From the beginning of our ability to learn and throughout our life, we are continually looking for feedback on our personal and professional performance. As a child, the feedback from our parents, teachers, and coaches set the tone for how we will receive feedback as an adult. Once in the workplace,…

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Lessons for Sports Parents

Although well intentioned, many youth sports parents approach their athlete’s sports in a manner that is more detrimental than helpful.  I’ve learned a few valuable lessons about youth sports parents: Parents – You had your chance, now it’s your child’s turn. Their path may be different than yours but allow them to lead their own way rather than fitting into your plans or expectations. Athletes really don’t want you coaching from the sidelines. It can contradict and distract from the…

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Managing to Lead

Too often a person is hired or promoted into a leadership role and the “black hole manager” monster immediately gobbles them up. They begin spending more time in the business rather than on the business of teaching, coaching, training and motivating employees. Employees must be armed with knowledge and skills that allow them to work independently and to grow. I’ve always equated a leadership role to a schoolteacher role. Our job as a leader is to transfer knowledge as information…

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“One More”

In the world of sports, there is a term called “one more.” This is the one extra rep that you do before moving on to the next exercise. This is the same for sales reps. “One more door knock,” “one more phone call,” “one more closing question,” “one more referral”… It’s the above-the-call-of-duty actions that will vault you to the top of your field. It is a key strategy in the sales industry, however this concept can be applied to any…

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Parental Support

The best line that you can say after your son or daughter’s sporting event is: “I LOVE YOU and I AM PROUD OF YOU.”  This statement shows that you have unconditional love and appreciation for your child regardless of what happened on the sports field and your support will never change. In today’s society, we put too much pressure on young athletes to score a goal, hit a homerun, beat the last time on the clock, make the save, or…

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Learning to Lead

The most effective coaches are those that have been properly coached. “You must first become a follower before you can become a leader.” Find someone in your organization who you look up to and admire. Ask this person to work with you and help you understand the steps needed to become a good coach/leader. Watch how they carry themselves, interact with their employees, how they motive and respond to daily challenges. There are many steps to becoming a great coach/leader…

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Parental Roles in Youth Sports

Parents “parent,” Players “play,” and Coaches “coach.”  This formula will not work if anyone decides to cross the line into someone else’s role. The athlete is the one most affected and the number one reason everyone is there, yet that focus is sometimes lost.  The parents, players and coaches should work together on a performance plan that ensures there is direction and open communication.  Parents should surround their athlete with the proper resources, which includes people who will be open,…

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Employee Coaching

Effective coaching in a leadership role requires someone that understands, “It’s not about you, it’s about them.” Strong leaders believe in coaching as a tool and recognize the advantages of coaching their employees. Coaching requires time, which many managers don’t believe they have. Coaching managers ask questions that bring about curiosity and allows for the learner to share thoughts that will eventually lead to a learning opportunity. Learners listen to managers they trust and with whom they have built a…

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