Trying To Stay Warm In ‘Toon

Hey all — Typically when there’s a gap between posts, it’s because I’m on the road (and, I always feel that I should only write when I have something substantive to say). Well, I just got a really nice reminder this from a friend, and basketball coach, that sometimes it’s nice to drop a quick note because people are often curious about where you are.

Here’s the quick update… I’ve been on the road for the past week in Vancouver, BC, and had the pleasure to work with some up and coming athletes in Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance. Big thanks Coach Rich Chambers and Goulet for the warm welcome and letting me get back on court and mix it up with the athletes.

During that time, I also caught up my boy Biggs (a.k.a. Coach Steve Anderson). Biggs and I played together in university and I’d be doing an injustice if not to say that in one season, he taught me more about leadership than any other had at that time. (“Sometimes you have to fake it to make it,” he’d say). Biggs is now the senior boys basketball coach at Southridge High School, so there was a lot of basketball talk for the three days we hung out together. (His wife, Erin, had to be subjected to it all!)

I also had the fortune of catching up and chatting with Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team Head Coach, Allison McNeill. I think our Starbucks gatherings will have to become the rule whenever I’m in BC. Thanks for your time and insight, Allison.

[ Check out Coach McNeill’s blog on the Canada Basketball website. ]

Fast forward to today… I hunkered down in my hotel room in the chilly town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I’ll be working with another group of athletes this weekend. Love being on court!

“Innovation is the point at which you question the (firmly held) assumptions that have been leading you.” —Benjamin Zander

I’ve had some interesting, and challenging at times, discussions/exchanges this week. And, in stumbling across this video on Alwyn Cosgrove’s blog, got my wheels spinning: What are we doing today that we’ll look back on in 10-20 years and say, ‘What were we thinking?’


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