Yelling vs Coaching

I stand in front of seven 6th-grade basketball players as I try to teach them a lesson in communication. <Opening Scene> “Imagine you are on the playground 100 feet away from your best friend and you want to know if they want to join your game.” “Like jump rope?” asks Taylor. “Sure, like jump rope. […]

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams “The secret to winning is not what you think it is. It’s not the coach. It’s not the star. It’s not money. It’s not a strategy. It’s something else entirely.” The founding editor of The Wall Street Journal’s sports section profiles the greatest teams in […]

How to Intentionally Create Leaders

“You’re fired!” The Major walked away from the most recent team leader and began looking for the next person to be put in charge. That was the third leader fired for not doing the task appropriately or efficiently enough. “Simmons!” Simmons made his way to the front of the pack. “Yes, sir.” “You’re in charge […]

How to Communicate to Youth Sport Athletes

One of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen is the movie Avatar. In that film, they express their affection for each other not by saying, “I love you,” but by saying, “I see you.” A child thrives on simply being noticed. “Do you see me?” and “Watch me do this,” are child speak […]