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Life Lessons

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Elephants and Ropes

There’s a true story about elephants and the rope. When elephants are very young, they are chained so that they can’t run away. But later in life, when the elephants are much bigger and stronger, the keepers need only a flimsy rope to keep the animals tied up. Why? Because the elephants become conditioned to feeling […]

Five Things Great Coaches Know

The mood at a coaches clinic always excites me. People are there because they want to be, not because they have to be. They want to learn. They talk shop. Right now I’m in Elmhurst, Ill., speaking to the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. While here I’ve already met great coaches. One of […]

Why the Jets Picked Joe Namath

You can make the case that Super Bowl III, which took place on Jan. 12, 1969, was the single most important sports event in the history of North America. Without that game, in which the New York Jets defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Colts 16-7, there might not be a Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. […]

How to Change a Team Culture

If you’re looking for insight into leadership, check out the recent Sports Illustrated profile of Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter by writer Tom Verducci. Showalter is trying to turn around a franchise that has not had a winning season since 1997. So he is talking to his players about the approach to success. In one […]

Hating the Yankees for Their Money

Every time a fan rises to cheer the Yankees, you can bet there’s someone somewhere who doesn’t feel the love. Yankee-hating goes to another level in these tough economic times, when multi-millionaires win the World Series as millions of people look for work. Dr. John Tauer, a psychologist blogging for Psychology Today, examines Yankee-hating, using […]