“Early on, it was probably more about wanting so badly to be successful,” says Donovan, 48. “You actually think you’re going to be more complete as a person (if you win a title). When it happens, you expect to feel more complete, and you don’t, necessarily. … What ultimately ends up completing you as a…

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Feedback is a key principle of growth and improvement. It is nearly impossible to grow without feedback. I want to split this email into Part 1 and Part 2. In part 1 I will talk about encouragement and correctional feedback. In part 2 I will talk about giving and receiving feedback. Part 1: Importance of encouragement and correction…

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  When you inspire the people you lead, you spend less time prodding and pushing. French writer Saint Exupery gave a great picture of what inspiration is when he wrote “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to…

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First off, if you are reading this right now, thank you! Thank you for those who have sent me encouraging notes after reading an email and thank you for those who have sent emails pointing out a discrepancy or error or disagreement. I started writing this weekly email for myself. The quote “if you want…

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The most important element in a program, team, or organization is trust. If there is no trust, there is no shot at maximizing potential. How do people win trust? I want to throw out three primary ways I think leaders win trust. Connection Clarity Competence. Before I break these down, I have a few items…

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During the most recent episode of the documentary on Tom Brady called Man in the Arena, he shared the parable of the Chinese farmer. I had heard the parable about 5 years ago and think of it often. The Parable There was a Chinese farmer whose horse ran away. All his friends came to him and…

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Coaching is hard. It has always been hard. However, I don’t think it has ever been as hard as it is right now. There is more stress and strain than ever before. I have been reflecting lately on leading and coaching in 2022. Here is what I am seeing and hearing. There is more pressure on kids…

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