Doc Rivers, underrated coach of the Boston Celtics


“From here on out our team needs to be of service to each other.

When serving, we need to have the Three I’s:

Intentionality (Plan it!),

Intensity (Seize it!),

and Intimacy (Feel it!).

The passion must originate from the heart.

Not a me first mentality”.

“DOs & DON’Ts” For Getting Back In The Game

Bill Walsh, legendary San Francisco 49ers coach

An excerpt from “The Score Takes Care of Itself,” by legendary NFL football coach, Bill Walsh, with Steve Jamison & Craig Walsh

In chapter 1, Walsh states, “When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything. survive and win.”

Walsh further states: “The competitor that won’t go away, who won’t stay down, has one of the most formidable competitive advantages of all. When the worst happens; and it did to me, I was helped by knowing what it took to be that kind of competitor—to not go away, to get up and fight back….. I have tried to adhere to some simple dos and don’ts for mental and emotional equilibrium in my personal and professional life, nothing profound, just a few plain and uncomplicated reninders that helped me manage things mentally and stay afloat:


  1. Do expect defeat. It’s a given when the stakes are high and the competition is working ferociously to beat you. If you’re surprised when it happens then you’re dreaming; dreamers don’t last long.
  2. Do force yourself to stop looking backward to dwelling on the professional “train wreck” you were just in. It’s mental quicksand.
  3. Do allow yourself appropriate recovery—grieving—time. You’ve just been knocked senseless, give yourself a little time to recuperate.  The keyword here is “little”. Don’t let it drag on.
  4. Do tell yourself “I will stand and fight again,” with the knowledge that when things are at their worst you are closer that you can imagine to success. Our Super Bowl victory arrived less that sixteen months after my “train wreck” in Miami.
  5. Do begin planning for your next serious encounter. The smallest steps—plans—move you forward on the road to recivery. Focus on the fix.


  1. Don’t ask “Why me?”
  2. Don’t expect sympathy.
  3. Don’t bellyache.
  4. Don’t keep accepting condolences.
  5. Don’t blame others.

What great advice from one of the greatest coaches ever! I must thank my friend, Joey Burton, for recommending this book. He has become a great friend and shared this book at the right time in my development! Thanks, JB!

For more information on this book or to purchase it, click here.

Congratulations To The 2010 NBA Champs: LA Lakers!

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John Wooden – Leading at a Higher Level (via Blanchard Leader Chat)

Coach Wooden

Great post to read about Coach Wooden’s example!!

John Wooden’s passing on June 4, 2010 marked the loss of a legend in the field of leadership. “Coach,” as he was known, inspired countless people over the years through his teachings, writings, and selfless acts of service. Wooden’s contributions as a writer, speaker, and thought leader far exceeded his impact as a basketball coach which is no small feat considering he won 10 NCAA national championships while coaching at UCLA! Last week I had a c … Read More

via Blanchard Leader Chat

The Myth Of Overnight Success


Success Comes From Hard Work & Preparation

One of my favorite books when I began my journey to improve my personal leadership development was “Diamonds In The Rough”, by Barry J Farber. I recently reviewed my notes from this book and have decided to share them with you periodically. The following are my notes from chapter 2: “The Myth of Overnight Success”:


The Myth of Overnight Success

  1. Being successful is hard in many ways; if it wasn’t hard, everybody would do it. When we look at successful people, we see the result of their blood, sweat, and tears – we don’t usually see the tremendous effort that went on before.
  2. Ordinary people expending extra ordinary effort can be whatever they want to be.
  3. There is only one sure-fire antidote for depression and that is action – meet challenges head on!
  4. Hustle + Confidence + Consistency + Competence = Success
    1. Hustle: give that extra 10% to go beyond what is expected of you.
    2. Confidence: the closer you are to your goal, the better you feel about yourself; the stronger you get and more likely to repeat successes.
    3. Consistency: practiced and repeated performance — which produces consistency of performance.
    4. Competence: confidence and consistency often lead to the discovery of abilities that we didn’t know that we had.
  5. “The secret of success is constancy to purpose” – Ben Disraeli
  6. Preparation is one of the cornerstones of any successful endeavor. Lack of preparation causes a lack of confidence
  7. Tips for getting ahead:
    1. Learn to analyze well: do research!
    2. Don’t be afraid to act!!
    3. Be a team player: give your employer allegiance & support. If you are frustrated and dissatisfied, go somewhere else.
    5. Don’t let success go to your head.
  8. Come early, stay late, work hard, play by the rules, and stay physically fit.
  9. Have the courage to stick with your goals and ideas, even if they don’t always pan out.
  10. Most people who don’t achieve as much as they want in life don’t fall short because of lack of ability; but because they gave up too soon!
  11. Give 100% all the time. Ask yourself after every endeavor: “Did I give my best?” Remember William H Danforth’s motto: “To be our own selves; at our very best at all time. Knowing you put in your best at work allows you the guilt-free pleasure of enjoying your leisure time.


  1. Improve everyday: Be yourself & at your very best in everything you do. After every task, ask yourself: “Can I do better?” Do all the little extras you’d rather not do. There’s one thing that everyone has in common: “There’s always room for improvement….”
  2. THINK: Most people don’t succeed because they don’t think. Sit down with a notepad and write down your goals & ideas. Come up with ways that you can improve the things you’re doing now, and ways you can work more efficiently in the future.

In Memory: Coach Wooden

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On Friday, June 4, 2010, we lost a legend: Coach John Wooden, “The Wizrd of Westwood”. He was a role model, a teacher — someone who touched players & coaches’ lives all over the world! I will honor his memory with posts of quotes, stories and his principles throughout the month of June! Thank you for the momories, Coach! Today I post ten of his famous quotes:

10. The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

9. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

 8. Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

 7. Never mistake activity for achievement.

 6. Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.

 5. Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

 4. Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

 3. Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

 2. Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

 1. You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.