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Five Gifts Athletes Need From Coaches

Recently, I had the opportunity to share with the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) community the following thoughts. I wanted to share them with you as well… I made an observation some time ago that’s been confirmed over and over, among student athletes. Most want to be “seen” as leaders, but few want…

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7 Generation Z Stats Every Adult Should Know

If you’re like most of our readers, you’re committed to preparing the emerging generation for real-life opportunities and challenges. But the truth is, you struggle with understanding why today’s young adults think and act the way they do. That’s exactly why I wrote our new ebook.

The Most Common Mistakes Parents Make

Recently, I was interviewed by pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker for her podcast. The theme was the topic of my book, Twelve Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid. During the course of our conversation, several concepts were discussed that I felt you’d benefit from in a blog post. I have included them here. 1. In your book:…

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What’s the DEAL with Kids Today?

Now that we’re over a month into a new year, I felt it was appropriate to ask you a question. Are you approaching your work with students in the right frame of mind? Centuries ago, Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not necessarily…

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A Bridge or a Wall?

It’s always sad to go backwards. People love progress not regress. Some could argue that we’ve gone backwards in race relations over the last ten to fifteen years. I am not sure if that’s true, but one nationwide survey reported in 2004 that 3 out of every 4 white people felt that race relations were…

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One Surprising Reason High School Students Score Higher

I was reading a number of studies recently about what enables students to perform better in school. I stumbled upon a finding that intuitively makes sense—but I had never considered its impact. Teachers often bemoan the fact that students’ writing and communication skills are poor. Perhaps it’s due to our current world of instant messaging…

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Three African American Leaders Who Changed My Life

This month is Black History Month across our nation. February is when we take time to remember and appreciate the African-Americans who’ve changed the course of our lives, including people like: George Washington Carver Sojourner Truth Frederick Douglas Harriet Tubman Hiram Revels Jesse Owens Rosa Parks Jackie Robinson The names on this list are intentional.…

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Marshall’s Four Rules When Leading in Troubled Times

Many would say we live in troubled times. Perhaps, most of us would say so. This past year, 2016, was a crazy year, which included: Alarming terrorist attacks in several locations A volatile economy full of underemployed people Disturbing racial tension between police and minorities An unpredictable presidential election in November You might be surprised…

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Why Resiliency Is Rare

Last December, I spent time with my long-time friend, Dave Dravecky. Dave was the major league pitcher for the SF Giants, who in 1989 threw the “pitch heard round the world.” Dave was diagnosed with cancer in his pitching arm and was forced to leave the game he loved. But he fought back and against…

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Five Culture Killers in Your Organization

I’ve said it before; I will say it again. The organizational culture you experience at your work will impact the performance of team members more than anything else. As Peter Drucker eloquently said decades ago, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” So, if culture is so important, leaders must guard it at all costs. They must…

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