“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill Embrace failure. Celebrate failure. Sounds crazy? I love John Maxwell’s book Failing Forward. I studied in John’s pro- gram and learned a great deal. He states, “The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception and response to failure.”Continue reading “Failure”

Adversity (Excerpt from Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned)

“Life is not fair. Get used to it.”—Bill Gates 212 I was proud of the way I emotionally managed the 8-20 season. I never placed blame on the players or the previous staff. A leader needs to be out front and handle criticism in a professional manner. You have to lead with grace in timesContinue reading “Adversity (Excerpt from Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned)”

Hire Right

“It is easy to hire, hard to fire.” – Matt Doherty First of all, when taking over a new organization, you needto give your employees a clean slate. They may just need a fresh start. You would hate to overlook some gems. Wouldn’t you want to be treated that way? If I listened to otherContinue reading “Hire Right”

The Bridge Over The Bitter River (Excerpt from Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned)

“The Bridge” is a long winding road with a hefty emotional toll. There are many treacherous curves without guardrails. It was easy to drive off into “The Bitter River.” Plus, the toll was so hefty I wasn’t sure I wanted to even try to cross “The Bridge.” I was raised to say the right thingContinue reading “The Bridge Over The Bitter River (Excerpt from Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned)”

Model the Behavior (Excerpt from Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned)

Model the behavior you want from your team. If you don’t model it, but you demand it, you are a fraud! “RTCP.” Showing respect, clean up after yourself, show up on time, give people your full attention, follow up in a timely manner, etc. Consistency is critical, as once people witness you doing something wrong,Continue reading “Model the Behavior (Excerpt from Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned)”

Forgiveness (Excerpt from “Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned”)

I had to learn to forgive others. They were “renting space” in my head and my soul. Selfishly, forgiveness is the best thing one can do because it is freeing. If Jesus could forgive the men who crucified him, I could forgive people that I felt may have wronged me. In addition, I needed to forgiveContinue reading “Forgiveness (Excerpt from “Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned”)”

Organization (Excerpt from “Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned”)

Put systems in place to ensure that your organization is run as efficiently as possible. Learn from others who have run successful organizations. Have a daily plan. This guards against slippage and distractions. Prioritize your time because it is such a valuable resource that can’t be wasted. Write down your most important daily tasks andContinue reading “Organization (Excerpt from “Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned”)”

Lessons from The Park

What did I learn at The Park?  (From the book Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lesson Learned) I learned about meritocracy. Meritocracy is defined as a system in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achievement. Skin color didn’t matter. Income didn’t matter. Your ability to help aContinue reading “Lessons from The Park”

Ingredients of a Good Leader: Accountability

Accountability is defined as the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility. (The following is an excerpt from Rebound: From Pain to Passion. To be released in March, 2021)Don’t be afraid to hold your staff accountable for their performance. They need this to grow. The top performers want to be held accountable. They are competitive peopleContinue reading “Ingredients of a Good Leader: Accountability”


“With an ever-increasing number of career choices, 30 percent of the workforce will now change careers or jobs every twelve months.” — Career Change Statistics In today’s workplace, you need to be prepared to pivot into a new job or career. People get fired, positions get eliminated, and companies are bought out on a regularContinue reading “Pivoting”


Protocols keep your priorities in check. Legendary North Carolina Coach Dean Smith prioritized his time in this order:  1. Current players  2. Recruits 3. Former players If a former player was on the phone with Coach and a recruit called to talk with him, he would have to hang up and talk with the recruit.Continue reading “Protocols”


“Put a picture of your family on your desk. This will be a reminder that every decision you make should be in their best interest.” — John Black When I was a head coach, I felt the need to fire an assistant coach. It was the first time I was going to do this. ItContinue reading “Decisions”

Beyond the Speech

“What is beyond the speech?” As the November election approaches, Donald Trump and Joe Biden stand before us giving speeches about their beliefs and policies. They often say negative things about each other. The candidates and their political teams do everything in their power to make each candidate look good while trying to make theContinue reading “Beyond the Speech”


Do you have what it takes? Does our country have what it takes? I doubt it! It would be a great time to attack our nation. Oh, yeah, it is under attack! COVID-19! Why can’t we improve our nation’s COVID numbers? Why are so many people overweight? Why are so many people in debt? Discipline!Continue reading “Discipline”

The Importance of Training

Great athletes train. They prepare for competition through practice. Practice includes drills to create winning habits. Practice includes simulations that create game like situations and game like pressures. Practice also includes mental preparation. Seeing yourself being successful in live action. Visualization. The mind is a powerful tool. Coaches then need to trust the preparation thatContinue reading “The Importance of Training”


As our country deals with civil unrest one word continues to be in the forefront of my mind. RESPECT! I run a leadership practice and I teach about values driven behavior. Core values are critical in every organization and in every human being. The core values I tried to instill in my teams since 2005Continue reading “Respect”

Take a Knee

We are at a critical time in America. Racism has divided our country. It has gotten ugly, but maybe it needed to get ugly for people to become uncomfortable enough to change. Change needs to start at the grass roots level. Laws and policy won’t change one’s belief system. Belief systems change through education. EducationContinue reading “Take a Knee”

Truth Tellers

We all need truth tellers in our lives. Whether you are leading a company or leading your household you need someone that will tell you the truth.  Easier said then done! Keys: You need to invite people to tell you the truth. You need to create an environment that is safe for that person toContinue reading “Truth Tellers”

Coaching Scars: E+R=O

Every leader has moments that they can look back on and cringe. A moment where they reacted harshly in a staff meeting or in a game where someone said something or did something they didn’t like. That harsh reaction by a leader will leave an emotional scar, not only on the employee or player, butContinue reading “Coaching Scars: E+R=O”

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