There is not a more insidious problem for leaders than pride. The pride I am talking about is the kind that creeps into our lives that produces an unteachable spirit, arrogance, and an unhealthy focus on self. I have experienced and seen first-hand how pride creep into leadership. So how does someone who is not overtly prideful allow…

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Quick question: Do you get your identity FROM the room or do you TAKE IT into the room with you? It is critical that you know your true identity. Who you are… how you’re wired, how you’re gifted, your passions, your internal compass, and spiritual DNA… all of these things together make up your true identity. So why…

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My wife Cherice is a speech therapist in the school district where we live… here in Midlothian Texas. When she is scheduled to do therapy with a student, she will usually go down to their classroom and pull the student out of class. She has made the observation that the teachers that are loud, have…

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Maslow’s hammer is a mental model that says “if all you have is a hammer, then everything will look like a nail.” Too often a coach has one tool and then uses that tool on everyone and in every situation. For example: Let’s say you have an athlete that is struggling in a certain area.…

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All of us have a shadow or a dark side to our strengths. In athletes, I see two patterns of gold and shadows (These are very general): Pattern 1 1. The young person who is a team player, a hard worker, and conscientious of others, and a coach’s dream. The shadow can be a lack of confidence and…

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I am coming to believe more and more that self-awareness is a superpower in leadership. The benefits of knowing your strengths, constraints, your leanings, wirings, giftings, the areas that give you the most trouble, how you come across to others, the things that trip you up, your emotional triggers, the things that fill you and…

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