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An Open Letter to My Son's Coach

Jen Cohen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Jen Cohen

Coach, your words of advice, "Arrive on time, prepared and ready to deliver a best effort," were met with an eager-to-please attitude from my 10-year-old son. When other young players neglected to demonstrate this same courtesy, your actions spoke louder than your words.

The Link Between Leadership and Process Improvement

Ellevate | Posted 03.18.2015 | Women
Ellevate

If you've ever tried to instill a culture of process improvement in an organization, then you know it is not an easy task. There are cultural and leadership issues that need to be addressed even before the process improvement tools are launched. Not everyone gets this.

20 Ways To Find Your Life Purpose

Deborah Chalk | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Chalk

You're ready to find out what you are here for, other than being able to explain every plot twist of your favorite show beside the company water-cooler. What next? Here are 20 ways to find your life purpose:

The Responsibility And Privilege Of Coaching Youth Sports

Jackie Bledsoe, Jr. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports
Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.

I still run into people to this day who share with me the impact my dad had on them as a coach. Over 30 years later the impact he had through coaching us and our friends is still there. That is a tremendous responsibility, but an even greater privilege.

How A Group Of Outcast Teen Boys Taught Me The Value Of Youth Sports

Brooke de Lench | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports
Brooke de Lench

Don't expect to win any games, they said. Some of the boys have attention issues, they said; several chronically misbehave. Some lack "talent" or are slow footed. And we think so and so is selling weed, and, oh, by the way, we don't think a woman should be coaching a boys' team in the first place. I had a different perspective.

Parental Athletic Dreams Can Become Youth Sports Nightmares

John O’Sullivan | Posted 03.11.2015 | Sports
John O’Sullivan

All too often these days, sports are not a positive, rewarding experience for our children. There are numerous kids for whom early sport specialization and inappropriate adult-centered environments lead not to elite athletic performance, but to physical and emotional scars that may last a lifetime.

Youth Sports And Lessons In Life

Fred Engh | Posted 03.09.2015 | Sports
Fred Engh

The bottom line when it comes to sports, and I speak as a physical educator, is that sports participation provides children the opportunity, like nowhere else, to learn life lessons of perseverance, abiding by rules, discipline, etc. We need to emphasize this more to people.

The Law of Attraction Is a Crock

Jennie Mustafa-Julock | Posted 03.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jennie Mustafa-Julock

The law of attraction is total bullshit. There. I said it. I know the self-help police are on their way now to fit me for a straightjacket and make su...

Winter Roads and Training Ruts

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

What are you doing to breathe new life into your training this spring? Has the winter been tough for you?

9 Reasons Why Sports Are Valuable For Our Children To Play

Janis B. Meredith | Posted 03.04.2015 | Sports
Janis B. Meredith

We've been hearing for years that youth sports build character, persistence and teamwork. I'd like to get a bit deeper and explain nine very specific reasons why I am glad my three 20-something kids played sports from preschool through college.

Finding Ourselves in Translation

Pioneers for Change | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By Justine Lutterodt My life has been defined by straddling multiple identities. As a child growing up in the U.S. with a white English mother and...

Vanderbilt's Stallings and His Coaching Ilk Need to 'Grow Up'

Ken Reed | Posted 03.02.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

I don't have a big problem with Vanderbilt deciding not to suspend Stallings. The bigger issue is the on-going prevalence of boorish, autocratic, "kick-'em in the butt" style coaches in this country, especially at the high school and youth levels.

Furious Basketball Coach Bans Players From Locker Room

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.23.2015 | Sports

Someone's REALLY not happy about that blowout loss.

Are You a Great Coach in the Office?

Ellevate | Posted 02.20.2015 | Business
Ellevate

More and more businesses are realizing that management is more than task-based directive behavior. Effective coaching leads to more engaged employees, and research shows that engaged employees lead to happier customers which of course leads to improved business performance.

The Link Between Youth Sports And High Profile Athlete Misconduct

Jen Cohen | Posted 02.19.2015 | Sports
Jen Cohen

In the weeks leading up to the mother of all football events, the Super Bowl, there was no shortage of defining moments for me to tell my 13-year-old twin athletes: "Be humble -- first, last and always."

Why I Walked Away From $65,000

Kate McCready | Posted 02.19.2015 | Women
Kate McCready

The moral of the story -- sometimes it pays to say no and walk away from the things that are not serving you. And when you do walk away -- reflect back, learn and take that knowledge forward with you for the rest of your journey.

Get Bigger, Not Dumber: Tips to Grow Output instead of Bureaucracy

Edward Muzio | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Edward Muzio

Small organizations and startups proudly tout their size, they boast about how they're more nimble, and they decry the evils of their large, monolithic counterparts.

A Thank-You to the College Athletes Who Welcomed My Son

Michael Plansky | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Michael Plansky

Like every new dad, as I held my newborn son, I dreamed of teaching him to play catch, shoot a basketball, and ride his first bicycle. But Max was different. A premature twin, I couldn't hold him for months, and when I did, he fit in my two hands. A few months later, I found out Max had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Life Lessons for a Hockey Mom (From Squirt Hockey)

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Dr. Logan Levkoff

What I am trying to say is that I never expected to love this hockey mom job. And more importantly, I never realized how much these kids -- and their coaches -- would teach me.

The Mental Abuse Of Young Athletes

Tyson Hartnett | Posted 02.13.2015 | Sports
Tyson Hartnett

A bruise or slap will heal. A young athlete hearing that he is "selfish and not good enough" will last much longer. I can still hear the terrible things my high school coach told me, and I've been out of high school for years.

Crack Your Heart Wide Open

Carolyn Messere, MD | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Messere, MD

For 18 years, I met people on what was arguably the worst day of their lives. You have cancer. You have a bowel obstruction and need emergency surgery. You need to have your entire colon removed and poop in a bag for the rest of your life.

10 Theater Concepts That Will Help Your Business Thrive

James M. Lynch | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
James M. Lynch

Imagine your efforts as heading for an "opening night"; creating not just applause, but a standing ovation. Cast the right people, give them the right tools and give them constant feedback and you're sure to have a "hit".

Beyond the Development Plan: 5 No Cost Ways to Inspire Others to Greatness

Laura Berger | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
Laura Berger

Now in a new year with performance planning in the rear-view, as c-level executives and leaders, what more can you do to cascade a culture of achievement throughout your organization?

Five Practices That Promote Cheating in Sports

David Briggs | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In building a profile of someone likely to cheat, you might start by imagining an individual full of hubris who is driven to succeed by any means possible. Would this description fit anyone within the New England Patriots organization?

Surf's Up: Five Leadership Lessons I Learned From Surfing

Anne Loehr | Posted 01.29.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

Not surprisingly, I also began to notice how all of the surfing lessons I learned also applied to leadership. Just like learning leadership lessons in the kitchen, it turns out I also learned leadership lessons in the ocean. Here are five of those lessons...