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Counted Out? Not So Fast: 3 Reasons OKC Won Game 2

Game One of the Western Conference Playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC) and San Antonio Spurs ended quickly. The Spurs won–by a lot. The buzz from the sports talk shows over the next couple of days was that the series is over, that playing through the rest of the series is a joke, that

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3 Reasons Why the St. Louis Blues Won Game 7

and How You Can Apply it to Your Business   For three years now, the St. Louis Blues have lost in the first round of the playoffs. History seemed about to repeat itself this year as their first round opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks fought back hard after being down three games to one, to tie

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Foul Trouble Means Opportunity

Basketball is one sport where if you commit too many fouls, you can’t play anymore. Often times, the coach needs to sit a player to keep them eligible to play later in the game. The big problem is the coach then needs to replace a good player with a lesser player. It might seem there

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The Sky Hook: Making the Most of Change

Unexpected change can hurt your game, or it can be a tremendous opportunity, depending on how you respond to it. That is one of the messages in John Wooden’s brilliant bestseller, Wooden on Leadership, and it’s a point that jumped out at me when I read the book, partly because my colleague, Jared Nichols, often

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3 Reasons Execution Wins as Proven by the Villanova Wildcats

The Villanova Wildcats just won the National Championship on a buzzer beater. If you haven’t seen the play yet, here it is. How did they do it? Execution. Execution means putting a plan or a process into action. Each step leads to the next and, hopefully on to success. But miss any step or aspect

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Who Wants the Ball

The Final Four, the NBA Playoffs—a time when everything will come down to who wants the ball. Coaches will be looking for their go-to players, because that’s who will have the best chance of winning the game for them. Notice, I didn’t say that’s who will win—there are no guarantees, and even the best of

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Keep Your Composure

Basketball is a game of runs–and business can be to. Knowing this is critical. Why? Because not all runs are of good luck. There are days when just everything goes wrong and then keeps going wrong. And how you deal with those tough days, how well you can keep your cool, is ultimately what separates

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March Madness: Time Management is a 3-Step Ladder

Who can forget that moment when Michigan tried to call a time out that they didn’t have? It was one of the stand-out time management blunders in the history of sports. Mismanaging time can be a great way to lose off the court, too. Don’t take my word for it, look up pretty much anyone offering

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March Madness: 6 Ways to Get on a Hot Streak

March Madness is here, the grueling six-game playoffs of college basketball. Many factors lead to success, including talent, matchups, and hard work, but in the end, the team that gets on a hot streak will be crowned National Champions. Experts have argued for years over whether hot streaks really exist, but the latest research suggests

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Summary of Fellow Entrepreneur Post: Prepare for Challenges

I have a colleague, Tom Hamilton, an entrepreneur who maintains a blog for his company, Hamilton Edwards, and recently posted something that made me think about Sportsepreneur. I thought it would be good to summarize it for you and then send you to his website so you can see it for yourself. The piece starts with

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Stop Jumping Offsides!

You’ve seen it before. It’s third and two. If the defense stops them, the momentum will turn. The quarterback calls out his cadence–the stadium thunders–this is it! Except… The defense jumps offsides before the play even happens. 5 yard penalty. First down for the offense. This is what I think about when someone I don’t

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College Recruiters Tell a Story: You Should Too

Picture yourself as a high school student who is exceptionally good at football. In walks a college football coach. He is going to try to convince you to join his program. He tells you: We have won 2 conference championships in the past 5 years We send players to the NFL every year We have

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4 Lessons I Learned from Coaching Youth Basketball

The 5th grade boys basketball team that I coach finished its season recently. We won one game! More importantly, memories were made and lessons were learned—lessons that reach far beyond boys’ basketball.   1. Focus on the fundamentals Not once throughout the season did we face a team that played man-to-man defense. Not one time.

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdmyoMe4iHM 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

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-iPiN_YHjY Being perfect is not about winning 1st place; it’s about

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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 Speechhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4tIrjBDkk&t 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

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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

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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