Team Culture – The Next Step

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The Missouri state high school girl’s tennis season is now over. I plan to make time again for more blog posts. I intended to do a follow-up to the last blog post on team culture in a more-timely manner. The intent of the follow-up blog post is to give you examples of how a team could define its culture. Ultimately…

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Team Culture – What’s That?

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Team culture is made up of values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors shared by a team. It’s how people work together towards a common goal and how they treat each other. These attributes might be positive or they could be negative. A positive, or good team culture, is one in which team members collaborate, communicate, and support one another. These teams…

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Irish Hero Perseveres To Win the British Open

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Shane Lowry, British Open Champion 2018. I found myself rooting for him as many others did in his quest to win the Open Championship in his home country of Ireland. Lowry had a four-shot lead going into the final round after shooting a 63 in the third round that broke the 54-hole scoring record at the British Open. But how…

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Normalizing Pressure

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How can you go about preparing for the big moments in sports? I subscribe to an email newsletter (free) sent out by Patrick Cohn, a sport psychologist. His company is Peak Performance Sports – Mental Training for a Competitive Edge. Patrick sent out an email on July 4th about Cori Gauff, the 15 year-old girl that had such a great…

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The Blues Go Marching In

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“When the Blues go marching in, oh when the Blues go marching in. Oh Lord, I want to me in that number, when the Blues go marching in.” I’ve been singing that song for decades. Actually, I’ve been singing that song for 52 years. Over the past few weeks I’d find myself singing it on bike rides as the Blues…

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The Warriors Are Warriors

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There is a lot to admire from watching the run of the 2-time defending NBA Champions. They exemplify so much grit and determination in their attempt at winning the NBA title for the third consecutive year. The truth is the NBA season should be over. The Toronto Raptors should be NBA Champions by now. The Golden State Warriors have been…

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The Tiger Comeback

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The amazing happened at the Masters Golf Tournament in early April. Tiger Woods won the tournament. By all accounts a couple years ago most people, including myself, thought Tiger Woods would never win a major tournament again. Tiger has had to overcome so much adversity over the past many years. Some of which was within his control, but much of…

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Leadership 101

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This “course”, has no real manual. Much of what you learn is through your own experience. You can gain more insight by reading about the topic or by discussing real experiences with other people in a leadership position. The journey should likely have so many positive experiences and interactions with the players on a team or with employees in an…

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Two Deadly Mistakes

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This past weekend I attended the United States Professional Tennis Association/Missouri Valley Division Annual Convention in Wichita, KS. I gave an on-court presentation that was tennis specific entitled “Coaching Dynamic Team Practices the Bruin Way.” There was also a presentation given that included some valuable tips on the mental side of sports. The presentation was given by Jeff Salzenstein (www.tennisevolution.com)…

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Leadership and The Roller Coaster Ride of Managing Emotions

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The 22nd Annual WIN (Women’s Intersport Network) Luncheon was held today, February 5, in Columbia, Missouri. The feature guest speaker was Katrina Adams. Katrina is the Immediate Past President and Chairman of the Board of the United States Tennis Association. She shared her personal story about how she grew up on the west side of Chicago and her road the…

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