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Three Mindsets to Build in Students and Athletes: Podcast #47

Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Joe Castiglione. Castiglione is currently the Athletic Director at the University of Oklahoma and the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletic Programs. In 2009, Joe Castiglione was named National Athletic Director of the Year by the Sports Business Journal. Here are some highlights from our conversation.…

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Eight Action Steps for Managing Team Expectations

When we work with athletic departments, under the leadership of J. T. Thoms, we almost always take surveys of both coaches and student athletes. They provide us with data that informs our events and ensures that our partnership is guided by their pain points. These surveys also furnish us with a clear picture of what…

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How to Help Your Team Bond Quickly

They made it look so easy. I am speaking of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic last month. Thirty-four guys from different professional teams got together to play against the world’s best baseball teams—and they won it all. How could such a diverse group that played together less than three weeks become such a…

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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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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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The Top Reason Why College Sports Teams Lose

Can you guess the number one reason of why teams lose at the Division One level of intercollegiate athletics? According to an informal poll we’ve done with NCAA Division 1 coaches, the number one reason they believe their teams lose is: “We didn’t have enough leaders.” One athletic director after another has invited our Growing…

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Sportsmanship and the Male Ego

For years now, ESPN and other television networks have commented on whether football players, like Cam Newton or Victor Cruz, should be celebrating the way they do when they make it into the end zone. Now Cam Newton has complained about being hit as a quarterback behind the line of scrimmage—more than other quarterbacks (like…

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What Makes Great Teams, Great: Podcast #42

Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Don Yaeger. Don is a nine-time New York Times best-selling author, award-winning speaker, business leadership coach, and former Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Tim Elmore: Don, I’d like to talk to you about this idea of teams. I’m…

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