Tag: Team Culture

The Iceberg Illusion & Why Mistakes Matter

Icebergs have two parts: what people see (above the surface) and what people don’t see (below the surface). Success Is An Iceberg We often get mesmerized by someone’s above the surface success and don’t factor in all the below the surface opportunity-costs they paid to achieve that success. This is the ‘iceberg illusion’. It’s been a …

Dysfunctional Teams (and Your Ultimate Trump Card)

Here’s how you end up with a dysfunctional team culture: Someone points out that one of the team members is negative and a real problem. And the coach says, And here’s how you end up with a toxic environment on your coaching staff: Someone points out that people are afraid to contradict this person. And the …

Sharing The Thinking With Your Players

Read this quote today by Luke Walton (Head Coach, Los Angeles Lakers) on building a winning culture and developing basketball IQ: Let’s Go Deeper… I agree with the basic premise of the quote; yet, I think we can go deeper. Think about replacing freedom with responsibility. As the saying goes, ‘with freedom comes responsibility’. (I don’t think Luke will be …

Mortar Not Just The Bricks

Five-time CEO Margaret Heffernan, spoke at length on the topic of social capital during her June 2015 TED Talk. The words that hold true for developing a winning culture are: “What matters is the mortar, not just the bricks.” Character, as defined by personal discipline and helpfulness, is the the glue that holds your team together. Teams that are made up …

Character Revealed

This is great insight into the impact that Buzz Williams is making on the lives of the young men that come through his program. This video on Marquette Basketball’s “Life Lessons” a testament – in more than one way… Here’s another video (via Coach Starkey’s Hoop Thoughts) of Marquette’s head coach, Buzz Williams, mic’d up …

Try This On For Size

“People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do.” —Nannie Helen Burroughs It’s easy to pipe up out of frustration in the locker room and chastise your team(mates). But, what speaks loudest are the quiet, nondescript actions – or inaction – in the thousand of lost minutes that came prior. …