It is often said that the Masters tournament doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday. However, a detailed look at some of 2017 winner Sergio Garcia’s quotes both past and present reveal that his victory was the culmination of a journey that started many years before. There is much that can be learned from watching the world’s best perform under the brightest lights. Here are three lessons we can apply in our own lives, whether athlete, coach, or leader.Read More
“Leadership is the ability to make those around you better and more productive. Leadership isn’t a rank — it’s not only for the coach, it’s not only for the captain, it’s not only for the seniors. It’s a skill. If I’m the leader, that means everyone else is a follower. I’m not happy with that.”
Jack Clark, Head Coach, University of California Rugby
When a coach with 25 national titles in 33 years speaks on leadership, it’s best to listen and take notes. Jack Clark has been leading the University of California’s rugby program for over three decades. His resume speaks for itself. And his definition of leadership is both simple and profound.
As a reader of this newsletter, you are either a coach leading a program, an athlete aspiring to become a leader, or a parent leading your family. One reason I love Clark’s definition is its relevance to each of us no matter our circumstances.
Leadership is the ability to make those around you better. It isn’t a rank, it’s a skill - and if it’s a skill, then it can be trained.Read More
I hope you had the chance to watch last week’s college football National Championship between Alabama and Clemson, but not for the reason you might imagine. As a fan I was as thrilled as anyone to watch the two best teams in the country go back and forth, with the game coming down to the final seconds. But that’s not what is still with me a week later.
I still have Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s post-game words ringing in my ears: “I told my guys tonight, that the difference in the game was gonna be love...tonight, we’re gonna win it because we love each other.”Read More
You didn't have to be a baseball fan to appreciate and enjoy the epic World Series Game 7 between Chicago and Cleveland. Two teams with tortured fan bases going back and forth, with players from both teams stepping up in the most pressure-packed moments and delivering performances that will be talked about for years to come. A perfect example of why sport is so compelling.
With the Cubs ending a World Series championship drought of 108 years, we would be wise to dive into how they did it. And the way they did it starts with their manager, Joe Maddon. I offer up three lessons taken from Maddon's mantras:Read More
Regardless of your sport or the level you are competing (or coaching), there is one thing we are all in search of - the next level in performance. Performance is the bottom line. So I'm hoping that title catches your eye.
Attention is the currency of performance. For the athletes I work with we are constantly looking back at previous performances, and the clues to what led to a certain result are found in where attention was directed.
I want to make one distinction - attention is not thought. Attention is where you choose to place your focus. Sometimes that may be on your thoughts, but at other times your attention will be directed to how you feel, what an opponent is doing, what happened last hole/play/game, etc. Think of attention as a spotlight shining on where you choose to focus.
So with that in mind, here are some ways to practically apply your new knowledge: