For Father’s Day, my son and I were invited by some friends to attend a professional baseball game.  We were told the tickets we were given would give us the “best seats in the house.”  When Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. he was sitting in the “President’s Box.”  Why?  Because the seats in that box provided the best overall view of all that could be seen on

Read More

What feelings and emotions are generated within others—whether teammates, family, friends, or customers—when you sincerely and unselfishly accept responsibility for errors and decisions that did not produce desired results? Instantly others rally around you. Past problems and mistakes have now been accounted for and they are free to let go of the past and move forward to tackle the present and future. Your teammates respect your courage, honesty, and willingness to express your human fallibility.

Read More

When it comes to team building, say 'goodbye' to blame! To become an extraordinary parent, leader, coach, and catalyst you must move beyond blame. Blame is the most venomous and insidious destroyer of teams, families, and organizations. It eats at you, sucking your energy and infecting your attitude, and actually working against your best team building efforts.. When you think about blame in the context of time, it becomes apparent why blame serves no constructive

Read More

As a collegiate basketball coach for 23 years I understood that we could have great players, but if we didn’t play as a team, we didn’t win. Time and time again we would defeat opponents who relied on one or two players to get them the victory. The truth is a group of people playing as ONE is far stronger than several great players who are in it for themselves. How did my coaching staff

Read More

Leadership and the abilty to lead others is often a skill you learn through life experiences. I learned a valuable leadership lesson when I was a swimming coach. A common technique flaw that many of the kids needed to overcome in the freestyle stroke (or crawl) was the habit of not pulling far enough under the center of their body where they had the greatest leverage and power. But if I attempted to correct swimmers

Read More

  BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP   Black Belt Leader as Team Builder: Part Three   “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”  – Albert Einstein   Here’s an example of a company – Southwest Airlines – whose practice of “hiring for attitude” bears witness to Einstein’s vision of equality among all human beings.   “Not everyone who applies for a job at Southwest

Read More

"No soul is desolate so long as there is a human being from whom it can feel trust and reverence." D.H. Lawrence  When I was a young man, "legacy" wasn't part of my thought process. The word wasn't discussed in our home but "reputation" was mentioned and reinforced often. Perhaps they're the same. I didn't know or understand what "legacy" meant, and frankly, I wasn't the least bit interested what my legacy should or would be. I

Read More

+ People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. But let God love them through you, anyway. + If you do your best, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Do you best, anyway. + If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed, anyway. + Honesty and frankness may make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank, anyway. + The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. It will

Read More

Within the world of business, sports and entertainment there have been many famous partnerships:  Sears and Roebuck, Lord and Taylor, Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, Elvis and Col. Parker, Ali and Dundee, Frazier and Futch.  Most of these partnerships found success because of a willingness to participate in shared leadership.   Leadership often makes us think of one great person who stands alone with all the answers and wisdom needed to move the organization

Read More

BLACK BELT LEADERSHIP Black Belt Leader as Visionary   “The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.” – John Fowles, The Magus   In the short statement below, Albert Einstein asks, "Is the universe a friendly place?" This is especially pertinent for those of us who aspire to become true Black Belt Leadership masters. Because how we interpret and respond to Einstein’s question will fundamentally influence our choices and actions as

Read More