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Systems: 5 ways to Use the Feedly RSS Reader

During a recent drive I caught some of Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s show on SiriusXM. While I’d heard the show before, this time I was really struck by how well informed he is, not just about college basketball and other sports, but about business in general. It got me thinking about how we go about finding

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5 Lessons from NASCAR

I am not a die-hard NASCAR fan, but it has always amazed me how closely the people involved with racing work together. Watch the pit crews, for example; every movement is so carefully choreographed that they can refuel, change tires, even make minor repairs, all in just a few seconds. A race can be won

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5 Ways to have Fun as Proven by the Carolina Panthers

Professional sports is often all business. While there are moments of happiness, too many people forget to have fun and enjoy the journey. And then along comes the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers celebrate all their successes on the field, from first downs on. And since they won the NFC Championship, the hate they have drawn

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4 Factors for Success in Clutch Moments

Playoff football! The drama, the passion, the excitement… It’s 4th & One. You have to gain the yard to stay in the game. You simply have no choice. As you watch playoff football games, you will see teams go for it on 4th & One because in that moment that one yard is the difference between success

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5 Ways Young Players can put in the Work

How often do you hear stories about young players in sports frustrated by how little they get to play? When high school players move up to college, or college players turn pro, all of a sudden they’re not stars anymore. As “the new kid on the block,” they don’t receive the same playing time, they

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Going to the Movies for Motivation: Miracle

Miracle Speech – You Were Born For This: In 1980, the US Olympic Hockey Team won an upset victory over the Soviets and then went on to win gold. The “Miracle on Ice” gave America a much-needed burst of national pride in the depths of the Cold War. The movie, Miracle, shows how Coach Herb

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Going to the Movies for Motivation: Friday Night Lights

This is the second of a series of posts each discussing a different iconic scene in a popular sports movie. We all know these scenes, but you might be surprised by how much they can tell you about running your business. Friday Night Lights: Being perfect is not about winning 1st place; it’s about knowing

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Going to the Movies for Motivation: Any Given Sunday

This is the first of a series of posts each discussing a different iconic scene in a popular sports movie. We all know these scenes, but you might be surprised by how much they can tell you about running your business. Any Given Sunday | Al Pacino Speech The final speech from the movie “Any

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“We are Talking About Practice. Not a Game”: 6 Ways You Can Practice in Business

We’ve all seen Allen Iverson’s practice rant, but actually we should talk about practice. Practice is important precisely because it’s not a game. Practice is how new players come up to speed and how established players try new things without the distraction of risk. It’s when the team can work on skills they don’t use every

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Self-Awareness Leads to Success as Proven by the Princeton Offense

Remember that great upset in the 1996 NCAA Basketball Tournament? The one where the defending champion, the talent-laden UCLA Bruins, lost in a thrilling last-minute game to Princeton? Watch it here: Go to 4:07 of the video. UCLA was favored in every way–talent, point spread, seeding. And while upsets do happen, the way Princeton did it

You Make Your Own Luck | Golden State Warriors Example | SportsE

You Make Your Own Luck

It seems like every time you achieve some kind of victory there’s someone who stands up to say “you just got lucky.” What do you do? Get discouraged? That’s a natural response, but it’s not recommended. Far better to let their doubt fuel your fire—or even just ignore it and move on. Actually, you need

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The Punt is the Most Important Play

The Punt. It’s perhaps the most boring play in football. A guy takes a snap and kicks a football high into the air. Usually, another player catches it, it’s a fair catch, and then the game goes to a commercial. What’s the big deal? Business will not always go well. Actually, sometimes things might go

3 Reasons Talking to Your Team is Critical to Your Success | SE Content

3 Reasons Talking to Your Team Is Critical to Your Success

If you watch any sporting event, live or on television, you will see the team members talking with each other. Not all of that talk is helpful (yelling and complaining does nobody any good), but the best teams communicate well and often. The same is true in business. Here are three ways you can use

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It’s How You Respond that Counts as Shown by the Kansas City Royals

Congratulations to the 2015 World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals. Last year, the Royals came within just two runs of winning the World Series, but lost in Game 7 to the San Francisco Giants. Imagine getting that close only to come up short—and then coming back the next year to push even harder and

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Systems: 1 Way to Mimic the NFL Using Evernote Scannable

Evernote Scannable – A tool I couldn’t do without When you’re watching an NFL game, ever notice the quarterback and offensive coordinator on the sidelines talking…and they’re both looking at something? That something is a tablet. Technology makes transferring and reviewing information simpler, faster, and more efficient—and that’s what you want, in both sports and

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Building Your Brand #4: How Look and Style Contribute to Long Term Success

We’ve been talking about brand recognition, why it’s important, and what happens when negative press threatens your reputation. But how do you build your brand to begin with? Of course, if you don’t win, people won’t watch. You can run an elaborate and fun offense, but if it doesn’t work against good teams no one

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Building Your Brand #3: How to Manage Negative Publicity

So, you’ve taken a risk, tried a few new things (that worked) and now the public is watching. That’s the good news—brand recognition is a big part of business success. But the bad news is that the public is watching and anything that goes wrong, or even seems to go wrong, can lead to bad

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Building Your Brand #2: How to Score Big with Innovation

This is the second in a four-part series on branding. I’ve already talked in the introduction about how an unrecognized team can succeed, but to keep that success coming you’ve got to build name recognition—you’ve got to build your brand. And you can do that through innovation. That’s as true in college football as it

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Building Your Brand: A 4-part Series / College Football Shows Us How

It seems like every year we see a blue chip program, a college football team everyone expects to win, beaten by a relative unknown. How is this possible? The public just didn’t recognize the second team’s brand. People like what they know—that doesn’t mean unknown teams can’t be any good. It all is a part

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Game Plan – Or Lose!

In the previous post we talked about Knowing the Playbook. Now is the time to prepare for the big game. You show up to the meeting with your perfect potential customer. He is so excited to see you–how great is this? You can’t wait. He sits you down in the conference room. You small-talk with

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Know the Playbook – or Else!

NFL and College Football seasons are underway. That means players across the country have been studying their playbooks. Some are more complicated than others, but all are essential—they explain not just what to do but why, and how the plan might change on the fly with just a nod or a hand signal. Show up on