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Coaching, Coding and Learning By George Evjen TeamBuilding
My Best Player Isnt My Hardest Worker -
At some point every athletic coach will have a player that has the mindset to do whatever is necessary to disrupt any team cohesion that you are trying to create. You have basic team standards that you expect everyone to follow and adhere to but this one player will always do the minimum or assume those standards are for the other people on the team. The player comes to practices, games, and meetings late, is the last one on the floor and is the first to leave when the practice is over. He walks ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2016 8:59 AM

Extreme Ownership : Prioritize & Execute
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' By Jocko Willink & Leif BabinPrioritize and Execute How could we possibly tackle so many problems at once. Prioritize and execute - even the greatest of battlefield leaders could not handle an array of challenges simultaneously without being overwhelmed. Determine the greatest priority for the team. Then rapidly direct the team to attack that priority. - full resources of the team were engaged in that highest priority effort. I could then determine the next ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2016 10:14 AM

Extreme Ownership : Simple
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' By Jocko Willink & Leif BabinSimple I appreciate your motivation to get out there and get after it - but perhaps we should for these first few patrols - we need to simplify this a bit Simplify ? - its just a patrol, how complex can it get? There are some risks that can compound when working in an environment like this. Lets just keep this simple to start and we can expand as we get more experience. Just as he had been taught: simple, clear, concise information ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2016 9:51 AM

Extreme Ownership : Cover & Move
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin Cover and Move I was so focused on our own squads dilemma, I didn’t think to coordinate with the other team, OP1, to work together. This was the first rule in Jocko's Laws of Combat - Cover and Move We had operated independently, failing to support or help each other. It was foolishness to not work together. We were all trying to accomplish the same mission We should have utilized every strength and tactical advantage possible ......

Posted On Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:47 AM

Extreme Ownership : Check The Ego
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin Check the Ego Task Unit Bruiser, we were confident and perhaps even a little cocky - but I tried to temper that confidence by instilling a culture within our task unit to never be satisfied; we pushed ourselves harder to continuously improve our performance. If U.S. forces were to win in Ramadi, I saw right away that all of us had to work together and support each other. But if the US forces were to win this difficult fight here ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:40 AM

Extreme Ownership : Believe
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' By Jocko Willink & Lief BabinBelieve Questioning the Mission When we know the man covering our 'six'(backside) is someone who has been through the same training, has the same gear, and speaks the same language - someone we trust In the SEAL Teams - the bond of our brotherhood is our strongest weapon. I knew my actions and mind-set carried great weight among my troops These were my orders - and for me to lead I had to believe - so I kept my doubts to myself ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2016 12:07 PM

Extreme Ownership: No Bad Teams - Only Bad Leaders
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' by Jacko Willink & Leif Babin No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders It pays to be a winner Hell week is not a fitness test - it was not a physical test - but a mental one Success resulted from determination and will, but also from innovation and communication within the team. The boat crew leader bore responsibility for the performance of his boat crew. - each member of the boat crew had to perform, but the leader received the most scrutiny from the instructor staff. ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:03 PM

Extreme Ownership : Blame
Book Notes from 'Extreme Ownership' by Jocko Willink & Leif BabinIntroductionProper understanding and application of the Laws of Combat Leadership: The Single Most Important Factor Without a team - a group of individuals working to accomplish a mission - there can be no leadership The only meaningful measure of a leader is whether the team succeeds or fails For all the definitions, descriptions, and characterizations of leaders - there are only two that matter Effective and ineffective. Effective ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 1:06 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Caring
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Jon Gordon & Mike SmithCaring Relationships are the foundation upon which winning teams are built - and all great relationships are based on value, respect, love, trust and care. Caring is a Strategy Jonathan Ive: designed many of apples products said "we believe our customers can sense the care we put into our products I believe caring is one of the greatest success strategies of all The greatest organizations on the planet care about the ......

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2016 8:30 AM

You Win in Locker Room First : Commitment
Book Notes From 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Jon Gordon & Mike SmithCommitment It's not about you It's about committing yourself to your team. Commit if You Want to Commit The hen is involved in creating the eggs for breakfast, but the pig is committed. He has to sacrifice everything To be a great leader, coach and team member you must be more than involved - you must be committed. Self-evaluation to make sure that his or her level of commitment is greater than that of anyone else in ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:29 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Connect
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Jon Gordon and Mike SmithConnect Communicating and Collaborating Leads to Connection A great benefit of communicating and collaborating is that they develop connections between you and your team members. Communication begins the process of building trust, collaboration fosters this process and enhances relationships - this leads to stronger connections between team members. A connected team becomes a committed team. The more I have worked with ......

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2016 4:36 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Communication
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Jon Gordon and Mike SmithCommunicate When there is a void in communication, negativity will fill it. Fill the void with great communication. The Most Important Thing a Coach Can Do Doc Rivers: Head Coach LA Clippers - what was the most important thing he does as a head coach. I communicate with my team. Not just collectively as a team but individually. I have to know where each person is in order to lead them where I need them to be. Since I communicate ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:26 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Consistent
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' by Jon Gordon and Mike SmithConsistent If you are not consistent you will lose the trust your team has in you. When you lose trust you lose the locker room. Consistency Wins the Locker Room As a leader you must be consistent in your leadership style, approach, attitude, philosophy and tactics. If you are not consistent throughout the year you will lose your team's trust, and as soon as that happens, you lose the locker room and in turn lose games. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 1:08 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Contagious
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' by Jon Gordon and Mike SmithContagious Germ or Vitamin C Research shows that when you have feeling in your heart - it goes to every cell in the body - then outward and other people up to 10 feet away can sense feelings transmitted by your heart. This means that each day you are broadcasting to your team how you feel. You are either broadcasting positive energy or negative energy. Research from Harvard also supports the idea that emotions you feel ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:07 PM

You Win in Locker Room First : Culture
Book Notes from 'You Win in the Locker Room First' By Mike Smith & Jon GordonCulture Culture drives expectations and beliefs - expectations and beliefs drive behavior; behavior drives habits; and habits create the future. It all starts with culture I was going to turn this team around, the first step would be to focus on transforming the culture I knew the biggest priority was to create a winning culture in which every member could thrive and excel. This meant we would not only have to create ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2016 10:55 AM

Calipari - Changing Our Approach
Prior to my time in the world of software development, I spent roughly 12 years coaching college basketball. I enjoyed every minute that I was afforded to be part of coaching a team. Laying out a vision, implementing that vision and developing tools and process to develop our program and players, was as thrilling to me as being on the floor teaching a player how to rebound from the weakside of the floor or the proper way to shoot a basketball. Winning games and fortunately a few small college national ......

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2016 2:43 PM

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