How To Find Work You Love

Recently on the Jim Rome Show (9/12/16),  Bob Myers, General Manager of the Golden State Warriors, was on discussing his brother-in-law.

This TED talk by the late Scott Dinsmore is well worth the watch: https://www.ted.com/talks/scott_dinsmore_how_to_find_work_you_love?language=en

Success has nothing to do with money. Being successful is about people that know you the best, love you the most.” – Bob Myers, General Manager Golden State Warriors

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Fan Study: How College Sports Fans Engage

Here is a study that Hopscotch, a for profit mobile app company, conducted regarding how college sports fans engage their teams/sports.

See Hopscotch article/study

There is some interesting information found in this study, however, depending upon the sport, this information may or may not be relevant.

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Hoops 101: Don’t Ask Mr. Cruz

All politics aside, here is a sure fire way to not win the state of Indiana when running for President (see DailyMail.com article).

It’s a basket, hoop, rim, the tin, goal…there are so many synonyms. Just don’t use “ring” when you are possibly the most passionate basketball state in America when explaining the basket, Mr. Cruz.

Coach Bob Knight, a Donald Trump endorser, was quick to criticize Cruz and noted that “a guy that would come into this state (Indiana) and think that we played with rings instead of baskets is not a guy that’s very well prepared to do a whole hell of a lot.”

Coaches, be sure to communicate effectively with your team or the message you may be sending may get totally skewed.

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Stop and Smell the Rose(man)s…

Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns yesterday to get a “franchise Quarterback”, but Roseman is not even sure who they will draft because the L.A. Rams have the overall first round draft pick.

In addition, Roseman has completely contradicted himself with comments he made in 2015 before the draft regarding trading up for Marcus Mariota:

“The history of trading up for one player, when you look at those trades, isn’t good for the team trading up and putting a lot of resources into it.”

It is just another lesson to be careful what you say (or write) and who you say it to or your words could very well come back to bite you.

Good luck Mr. Roseman. I hope your strategy works out for the Eagles, because if not your previous comments will surely condemn you.

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Communication Lessons for Coaches

Minda Zetlin recently published an article on Inc.com titled “5 Small Changes that Will Make You a Much Better Communicator” in which she outlined some tips for those looking to improve their communication skills.

Here is my interpretation of each key factor for coaches and how they can apply that to their program:

1. Identify (and make peace with) your own communications style: Coaches have to be themselves. Too many times I see coaches trying to emulate a favorite coach of theirs and/or taking something they learn at a clinic and trying to implement it THE EXACT SAME WAY as they presenter. This usually never works. Of course coaches should be learning new techniques and strategies, however, coaches must coach what they are comfortable with.

2. Learn to be a really good listener: Everyone knows a person who does not really listen to them but is just planning their next response to the conversation. DON’T BE THAT GUY! Really take pride in your listening, just as you would to your thoughts and responses. Without listening, there really is no communication. If coaches are a true listeners, players will see that and will be more apt to take the coaching  staff up on that “open door policy” that they preach.

3. Know what you want to achieve with every communication: Every communication is an opportunity for coaches to get to know their players better and build personal relationships. Coaches should approach this as such. EVERY EXCHANGE IS AN OPPORTUNITY A CHANCE TO IMPROVE.

4. Find a role model: Most coaches have a role model or someone they admire in the coaching ranks. Do you have a communicator who you admire? It doesn’t have to be a coach. Some coaches honestly are not very good communicators. Consider former professors/teachers, authors, etc. whose job it is to communicate. If not, maybe a friend or relative that makes others feel special and important is a good strategy.

5. Get personal: THE MORE COACHES SHOW THEIR HUMAN SIDE THE MORE ADMINISTRATORS AND PLAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO RELATE TO THEM. College football coaches, such as Nick Saban, have often been criticized for not enjoying the victories and are seen to be robotic for their “on to the next one approach.” Again, the more coaches that open up and are honest and vulnerable to those they communicate with, the more others will see the “off the court” side and can make them more likeable and easier to communicate with.

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