Measuring Coaching Success (Part 4): Core Values

Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers Measuring Coaching Success (Part 3): Getting better or getting worse? Every season is different. Even the slightest change in players, schedule, unforeseen circumstances, can shift the trajectory of a team pretty dramatically. Without preparation and shared values, this shift can be even more dramatic. As you listen … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 4): Core Values

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Measuring Coaching Success (Part 3): Getting better or getting worse?

Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers Prior to the season, I listened to John Wooden’s biographer talk about his pyramid and how he measured his team by effort rather than wins. Obviously that’s a bit easier to say when you’ve won 10 national championships, but there’s something to be said for the attempt … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 3): Getting better or getting worse?

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Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers

Read Part 1: Reflections on a season past My high school football coach used to tell us that high school sports weren’t meant to be fun, they were meant to be rewarding. I’ve never fully subscribe to this belief, but completely understand his sentiment. My son’s under-8 YMCA games are meant to be fun. There is a scoreboard, but you generally shouldn’t care much about … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 2): Winners and Losers

Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past

Our team closed our season yesterday with pizza and ice cream, crowded around a TV in my house watching college basketball games. I made the obligatory coach’s speech before I handed the seniors a memento to remember their final season of basketball at our school. (A framed version of the quote above.) We’ve had a week and a half since our final team meeting and … Continue reading Measuring Coaching Success (Part 1): Reflections on a season past

Highs, Lows, and the In-Between

This past Thursday, I sat in a special meeting for worship at our school that celebrated the life and work and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is something we do every year, which starts with our Kindergarten students leading a Peace March to the meeting room. Students and parents line the hallways as these 5 and 6 year olds walk silently, holding posters they … Continue reading Highs, Lows, and the In-Between

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Ten (or Eleven) books that tell the story of my reading life

As the year closes out and Top Ten lists pop up everywhere, I thought I’d get in on the game, but take a different route. Recently, my friend Danny Bauer shared the first book he remembered reading as a kid – Danny the Dinosaur – and what made it so memorable for him. He also asked our group to share the first book we remember … Continue reading Ten (or Eleven) books that tell the story of my reading life