Leadership 101

simple insights for those in leadership

Quote of the Day | 02.27.19

Hold your forms loosely and your functions firmly.

  • Daniel Im & Thom S. Rainer

February 27, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coaches . . . Get. A. Grip!

Before going on my rant and then offering some thoughts, let me start with a disclaimer.

I get it. I really do. I’ve coached baseball for the last ten years, everything from tee-ball to high school varsity and every age and competitive level in between. I also assisted as a basketball coach for a number of years (which is really funny if you know me well and my complete lack of basketball abilities). I’m also a parent. I sit in the stands and on the sidelines. I’ve watched great coaches do their thing with my daughter and terrible coaches “bully” their way around the gymnastics floor. I’ve watched coaches with great technical skills work with my kids and coaches who might have lacked all the knowledge but loved kids. I’ve also seen some flat out terrible coaching and officiating as a coach and as a spectator. I really do get it.

But coaches, it is time for a reality check. It’s time to get a grip.

I had the opportunity to go watch my nephew’s rec basketball championship game last week. I won’t mention names or teams or locations because shaming a particular individual is not the point of this. The teams were comprised of 14-15 year olds. After another bad call by the official in this game, one of the coaches went flat out crazy. Yelling and screaming at the officials (two of which were just high school kids). Cursing … loudly in front of everyone. Then picking up chairs and slamming and hurling them into bleachers. Nuts. Insane. And sad. Very very sad.

Coaches, it’s time for a reality check. Time to get a grip. There’s no money on the line here. No parade. No scholarships. No visit to the White House if you win. No Coaches Hall of Fame. This is not about winning and losing (although we all want to win). What is on the line are the futures of the kids you are coaching, and I’m not talking about their athletic futures. Whether you like it or not, as a coach, you are a leader and therefore a role model. Kids look up to you. Your example speaks more loudly than you will ever realize. Much more is caught than ever taught. Your primary job in coaching these kids is not to win championships but to shape the character of the next generation of athletes. A fraction of a percentage of the kids we coach will ever get a scholarship to play their sport after high school. An even smaller fraction will receive a cent for doing it. But…the character that you have the privilege of shaping in part will stay with them for the next 50+ years.

Coaches are leaders and a leader’s most important attribute is his or her character. The very nature of the position makes you a role model. Eyes are on you. It’s time to figure this out. Time to stop making it all about you. Time to steward the responsibility of building the character of the kids you have the privilege of coaching, leading and being a role model for. Enough is enough.

February 26, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 02.25.19

Change happens when you appeal to an individual’s rational side and emotional side, and then shape their path to make it easy to change.

  • Daniel Im and Thom S. Rainer

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Quote of the Day | 02.22.19

Running away never solves anything; it just delays the inevitable.

  • Daniel Im and Thom S. Rainer

February 22, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 02.20.19

When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur . . . Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens—and when it happens, it lasts.

  • John Wooden

February 20, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 02.18.19

Input goals are the things that you can do today that will produce the results that you want tomorrow (output goals).

  • Daniel Im & Thom S. Rainer

February 18, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 02.15.19

If you know your enemy, you’ll win half of the battles. But if you know yourself, you’ll win the other half.

  • Sun Tzu

February 15, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 02.13.19

Dreams are the hidden potential for the future that lies dormant within each and every one of us.

  • Daniel Im & Thom S. Rainer

February 13, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day | 02.11.19

Dreams require courage and strength.

  • Daniel Im & Thom S. Rainer

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Quote of the Day | 02.08.19

Dreams are like the statue that’s imprisoned in the walls of marble, awaiting the sculptor to set it free.

  • Daniel Im & Thom S. Rainer

February 8, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment