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Being a Survivor is Being a Leader

Posted on September 17, 2016 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

President George Washington is arguably the United States most well-known leader. As a great leader we know him from the revolutionary war, the French Indian War, a cherry tree, and the dollar bill. Little is known about Washington as a survivor. As a young man, George Washington was an explorer when gentlemen of his caliber were not exploring the wilderness. Although he started his career surviving battles that seem based more upon folklore than fact, he went on to lead the forefront of b...

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What is Coaching Theory?

Posted on August 6, 2016 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Coaching theory is a systematic process for leaders to coach their teams to victory regardless if its a sports, corporate, or family team. All managers need a plan to succeed, but truly effective leaders encompass an evolving methodology which adapts to their changing situation.


 

Coaching theory involves four features that a leader must continuously develop if they wish to constantly improve themselves as a leader. The features are:

 


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Research Basics: What is research and why is it important for coaches?

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I am a firm believer that nine times out of ten science proves what coaching discovers. Generally speaking, I have always noticed a trend in research where areas gaining in popularity with coaches become the focus of research after the fact. Although the two worlds (coaching and scientific research) should be left to their respective professionals, it doesn’t hurt for coaches to have a little background on what research is and how it is conducted on a basic level. Even if it’s ...

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Chris' Five Steps to Accurate Problem Solving

Posted on June 9, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a cloudy late spring afternoon and I was sitting on my day relaxing and thinking about life when my overactive brain started focusing on what is the best way to solve problems.


 

The nature of this question is a problem in itself so as I dived into it I payed special attention to how I was actually answering my questions. I started thinking about what a problem is and what they mean and the obvious answer is problems are questions that need to be answered....

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Relevance: How compatibility and chemistry turn leaders into rock stars

Posted on June 8, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Being relevant is as important to leadership as it is to being a rock star. We talk about it all the time with our friends, how pop star ‘X’ or rock band ‘Y’ used to be great then their music became irrelevant. What happened to them? You would imagine they would update with the times. After all, we all know being relevant is important, but if multi-million dollar rock bands can lose their relevance, so can’t organizational leaders.


 

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Intervention: How sports are a mechanism for behavior change

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” - Plato


 

It was a Sunday afternoon at my studio gym. I was working with a couple of clients that day and was in a somewhat philosophical mood so I started talking about the ethics of cutting athletes from a team in high school sports. On one hand it teaches the “trophy” generation the value of working hard to earn something of meaning. It teaches the athlet...

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Grit: Forging superhuman leaders

Posted on May 22, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

'Never give in—never, never, never, never, except to convictions of honour and good sense.’ - Sir Winston Churchill.

 

Sir Winston Churchill orated many timeless speeches about grit during a time in Britain’s history when staying strong was essential to their survival.


Grit. It is amazing how one short and simple word as grit can carry enough significance to change the course of events throughout history. Grit is simply prevalence. It is...

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Camaraderie and Adaptability: The bedrock of human superiority and underpinning of teams

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

There are countless species on Earth and humans have evolved to be the dominate one. Many people say it is because of people’s ability to stand erect allowing us to walk upright while using our arms freely or our opposable thumb that allow us to easily handle tools. There is plenty of evidence supporting both of these beliefs and I am not arguing them. But I am going to suggest something else pushed humankind forward and allowed us to work together as a team across the planet accompl...

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Understanding The Situation: How knowing your teammates creates agile and adaptable teams

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The key to a successful team is a healthy relationship between leaders down the chain to followers, followers amongst themselves, and followers up the chain to leaders. Open trusted communication is the backbone of a healthy team. However, every relationship is influenced by its current situation. Two best friends will act differently at work than at a bar on a Saturday night. A couple will act differently at their parents house than while spending quality time alone at home. Sports and ...

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