“A business strategy course in my senior year stands out. I had maintained a 4.0 average all the way through, and I wanted to graduate with a perfect average. It came down to the final exam, and I had spent many hours studying and memorizing formulas to do calculations for the case studies.
“We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another.” (Toby Mac)
One day while I was a high school student, a bunch of us were playing pickup basketball at a nearby gym. I was playing well and doing my fair share of trash talking that day. Finally, my friend had enough of this as some of my verbal barrage was directed at him.
He told us that he didn’t want to play any more and that we all had to leave. You see, he was the one that had the key to the gym and had opened it up for us to play. He literally took his ball and went home. He didn’t have very thick skin and didn’t react to the situation very well. I, on the other hand, was not very respectful as I acted like a punk.
Most of the time, showing respect to people (even those that you don’t think deserve it) is more a reflection of your character than it is a reflection of theirs.
“What are you doing? There are cars coming”, said my mother.“Don’t worry mom”, I replied confidently. “Pedestrians have the right of way”.“Yeah and you’ll be DEAD RIGHT”, she retorted.
All of us have jobs that we have to wake up for each day. Do you like this job? Is it a good place to work with a fun environment? For one company, a CHAMPIONSHIP CULTURE has been built upon doing things a little different than the norm.
A story is told of a husband and wife sitting at a table at the husband’s high school reunion. He keeps staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.
Perspective. We all see things differently. Even husbands and wives. Come to think of it . . . especially husbands and wives!
Anyways, moving on . . .
Podcast host, author, and motivational speaker, Jamy Bechler will be conducting a Free Leadership Workshop that will provide practical tips, strategies, and insights to help you maximize your leadership abilities and your team’s success. This live, online workshop will last around 30 minutes and there will be a time for Q&A at the end of the workshop. Though all leaders are welcome to register for the workshop, it is geared toward athletics. Visit www.FreeLeadershipWorkshop.com to see the date and time for this upcoming workshop.
I first saw this quote on Kobe Bryant’s twitter feed a few years ago as a “Mambo-ism”. I don’t know who originally said this but I have said similar things for years. Among them is the one quote that my players always rolled their eyes at ‘Don’t tell me about the labor pains, just show me the baby.’
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” (Dr. Seuss)
No truer statement may ever have been uttered. It’s amazing how much you learn after you realize that you don’t have to please everyone.
If you want to please everyone then go sell ice cream.
We must continually learn and one of the best ways is to read books. I have previously posted some books for coaches and books for leaders. Many of these books are by very popular authors and are on most bookshelves across the nation.
However, I have put together a list of 7 books that you might not have heard of but can help you maximize your potential influence and increase your leadership skills.
The world is always changing. We are always learning more and more. Technology is ever-changing. Athletes are getting bigger, faster, stronger. John Maxwell says that change is inevitable but growth is optional.
My wife and I have lived in 8 places during our marriage. We have seen different cultures, perspectives and belief systems. Ironically, we have found that one thing has remained the same through the years…the world is in a constant state of change.
Your ability to adapt to situations can lead to a higher level of success. As a coach, I was faced with hundreds of decisions each game. Some of them I was prepared for but many of them I was not. I had to be ready to change course if need be. That is life.
(originally posted on June 28, 2016)
Today is a sad day not only in Tennessee, but across the nation.
I first wrote those words in April of 2012, when she left coaching at the too young age of 59 after a legendary and unprecedented career and I proclaimed that she was the best ever.
This morning we lost one of the greatest leaders as Pat Summitt her battle with Alzheimer’s type dementia.