No Credit?

No Credit?

I looked around the locker room at the major college basketball team. They'd just come off the court after another grueling practice. Their effort had been great, their coach had assured me. It was a good group on the court, in the weight room, in the classroom. Good...

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Fired

Fired

“Now we just have to win it again.”
I was reminded of those words recently as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs to win the most recent Super Bowl. When they were spoken eighteen years ago, we were about 35,000 feet over New Mexico or West Texas, a landscape of dusty red rock passing beneath our flight. I was holding the Lombardi Trophy…

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Coach Cutcliffe

Coach Cutcliffe

Even hanging in my closet, relationships are what matter. I’ve got an eclectic closet, with shirts, shorts and hats sporting logos ranging from the University of Maine’s hockey team to Colorado State, Virginia Tech, Maine and Florida Atlantic’s basketball teams, the...

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Situational Leadership

Situational Leadership

No, no. I'm not talking situational ethics. As Tony Dungy and I discussed in The Mentor Leader, there are times where our leadership approach will vary as a result of external forces. This wasn't a new concept from us. As I understand it, Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard...

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Cut Day

Cut Day

The six years that I worked in the NFL, this was the most dreadful day, when rosters had to be trimmed from 80 players to 53. So many dreams crushed, or at least momentarily sidelined. And not the dreams of people who had no business being there...these were the best...

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Win It Again

Win It Again

“Now we just have to win it again.”
I was reminded of those words recently as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs to win the most recent Super Bowl. When they were spoken eighteen years ago, we were about 35,000 feet over New Mexico or West Texas, a landscape of dusty red rock passing beneath our flight. I was holding the Lombardi Trophy…

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Starting a Streak

Starting a Streak

A good friend just broke a long sobriety streak, one that was just shy of twenty years. To his credit, he immediately pushed through the emotion of it and owned up to the lapse, but I suspect he was crushed, breaking a streak that long…

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Platform Thoughts

Platform Thoughts

The basic concept of “platform” is that each of us has a unique sphere of influence that no one else can fill in the way we can.
No one…

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Moral Victories

Moral Victories

Moral victories?
I was pondering the other day – again – what do you do when nothing seems to be going your way? Or when you’re completely outmatched before you take the field?

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