Sideline Stories – Basketball Coach Weekly 185

Here is a recent interview that was published in the most recent Basketball Coach Weekly – Issue 185

I appreciate Basketball Coach Weekly’s Editor-in-Chief, Mike Austin, interest in my perspective and decision to step away from the game temporarily due to family obligations.

I am looking forward to getting back to the sidelines very soon.

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Quotes from the NFL’s Greatest

MandyAntoniacci of Inc. magazine provides some inspirational quotes as the NFL opening weekend kicks off on Sunday.

28 of the Greatest Quotes From NFL Legends
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September Soup

With the fall season just around the corner, here are some quotes about one of our favorite autumn (and year round) foods.

Proverbs

“To make a good soup, the pot must only simmer or ‘smile’ ” (France)

“A good soup attracts seats” (Ghana)

“Cheap meat never makes good soup” (Azerbaijan)

“Ye who buy cheap meat will regret when you taste its broth” (Syria)

“Too many peas spoil the soup” (United States)

“He who stirs the soup pot eats first” (United States)

“A rat’s droppings can spoil a whole cauldron of soup” (China)

“The disobedient chicken obeys in a pot of soup” (Benin)

“Better no spoon than no soup” (Germany)

“One who has been burned by soup begins to blow on the yogurt” (Saudi Arabia)

— Quotes found in “An Exaltation of Soups: The Soul-Satisfying Story of Soup, as Told in More than 100 Recipes” by Patricia Solley

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Morning Discussion on a Company’s Culture

I had conversation with a VP of Sales for an prestigious New England company this morning.

The individual cited the following reasons for not retaining or hiring individuals in the company:

  1. Didn’t have the right personality
  2. Not mature enough
  3. Didn’t fit the company’s culture
  4. Were not able to get the job done without daily supervision/Different mindset

This is something to think about when hiring an assistant or if you are looking for your next coaching position/career…do you fit the culture?

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Michael Franzese Interview Excerpts (8-10-16)

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Here are some business tips from Michael Franzese a former mob boss who reformed his life and is now an author, speaker and business leader. I have read Mr. Franzese’s book “Blood Convenant” and also heard him speak when I was an Assistant at Clarion University of PA in the Fall of 2011.

Here is a snippet of Franzese’s interview on the Jim Rome Show with guest host Marc James from August 10th, 2016: http://jimrome.com/2016/08/10/8102016-marc-james-in-the-jungle/

“Business is business. Whether you’re doing it on the street or you’re doing it legitimately, there are still certain business practices that you have to put into play.”

“Honestly, I don’t believe I was a brilliant business guy. There were guys out there that were smarter than me. But there’s certain things that I was able to do to that kept me always ahead of the game. Number one, I was always able to find a good deal. I knew how to weed through the bad ones and find the right ones. At that point I knew how to surround myself with the right people to get the job done and then motivate them to do their best for me.”

“I came up with a slogan that always worked for me and is working for a lot of business people now that I speak to and that is ‘do what you do best and delegate the rest’ and just get the most out of the people you put in place.”

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Dabo Swinney & The Clemson Way

Here is an article from the most recent AFCA Magazine that features on Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Football program.

AFCA Magazine – Eye of the Tigers – Paul Markgraff – May-June 2016

I think his sentiment regarding relationship and culture building stood out for me the most.

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Mid-Week with Yogi

Since it’s the middle of the week, I figured it would be a great time for some of Yogi Berra’s best quotes from his book “What Time Is It? You Mean Now?” to get us over the “hump”:

“If you don’t set goals, you’ll never reach them.” (p. 40)

“90% of this game is half mental.” (p. 45)

“Little things are big.” (p. 69)

“Paying attention to the basics – in baseball, it’s the fundamentals – is a little thing that’s a big thing.” (p. 70)

“You can observe a lot by watching – and you learn a lot too.” (p. 73)

“To me failure is just an opportunity to start again.” (p. 92)

“There’s a big difference between losing and failure.” (p. 117)

“I try not to get too upset over things I can’t control.” (p. 130)

“It’s deja vu all over again.” (p. 137)

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