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Archive for December, 2011

Christmas Eve from the Moon

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known,” said author and astronomer Carl Sagan. And so it was 43 years ago when we came home from Midnight Mass to one of the most memorable Christmas Eves in my lifetime. On the television were grainy images and a message at the bottom of the screen that […]

Five Tips for Effective Leadership

Here’s one of the better articles I’ve seen on leadership. It comes from Forbes and, among other things, it has valuable things to say on what goes into creating a cohesive unit and making each person feel valued. It makes the point that leadership isn’t about the leader, it’s about the people on the team! […]

The Perfect Christmas Gift

Before entering the hospital for open-heart surgery, my mother-in-law spoke lovingly to her daughters. “I’ve had a long, wonderful life,” she said. “I have wonderful children. I saw my grandchildren, and even my great-grandchildren. I’m ready for whatever happens.” My mother-in-law, whose name was Fran, never left the hospital, and died Thursday. With her words, […]

What If You Won the Mega Million?

Novelist E. M. Forster said, “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” Forster’s quote comes to mind as the Mega million jackpot climbs to $173 million entering Friday’s drawing. What if you hit? Would you be doing the same things you are doing now? Is there anything about your life that […]

How One Sneaker Changed a Coach’s Life

What does the first day of winter mean to you? Some people think of the long, difficult slog until spring. Others rejoice that the days begin getting longer. For some, winter means ski season. For others, a countdown to baseball’s Opening Day. In other words, it’s up to you. Peak performance coach Dave Cross of […]

Cardinals Think of the Future

Few things in sports are as hard as keeping perspective. The fans care only about now. So do the newspapers. That’s why the St. Louis Cardinals deserve credit. They refused to re-sign superstar Albert Pujols, even though he is an icon in the city, and one of the greatest players who ever lived. That’s the […]

Communication Traps

We are all salespeople. For example, coaches are trying to sell a system, or new habits, or principles to their team. They’re trying to motivate, teach, reinforce, you name it. Whatever you’re selling, take a look at this article and see if any of these traps are holding you back. Remember, communication is a skill […]