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  • Smith Leadership Apr 28, 2016 | 09:00 am

    Practice the REALLY Hard Stuff I was working with a group of high school athletes, teaching them the competitive advantage of emotional intelligence. They were learning that if you know what triggers your emotions, that awareness may help you keep from being emotionally hijacked. In the middle of the explanation, a player held up his hand. He wanted help. A … Continue reading Practice the REALLY Hard Stuff

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  • Smith Leadership Apr 12, 2016 | 09:00 am

    You Don’t Have to Love It Have you ever been asked if you have passion for your sport or your work – and when you look inside it felt a little parched? No love to be found – just the feeling that it’s hard. It’s OK. It happens. It’s human. When you are heads down, working diligently on a long-term goal, … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Love It

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  • Smith Leadership Mar 25, 2016 | 09:00 am

    In Between Yes and No In between the answers YES and NO we can find the place of NOT YET – but only if we are wise enough to look.   If you are like me, you typically think of YES and NO as absolute.  It either is or it’s not…there’s not a lot of wiggle room. But what if there were more … Continue reading In Between Yes and No

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  • Smith Leadership Jan 12, 2016 | 09:00 am

    You Can Be Wrong – It Doesn’t Hurt One of the great myths in coaching/leadership is that being wrong is a sign of weakness.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  The challenge is, in a world where competition is so powerful, it’s almost natural to see things strictly through the lenses of win or lose; strength or weakness.  If that were the … Continue reading You Can Be Wrong – It Doesn’t Hurt

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  • Smith Leadership Jan 5, 2016 | 09:00 am

    Control When It Counts I am sitting in my office saddened by the behavior of young athletes during this bowl season. The latest casualty of “stupid college student behavior” is a young man who had a bright future in professional sports. Perhaps he still does, but he has tarnished his reputation and could have cost his team a bowl … Continue reading Control When It Counts

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  • Smith Leadership Dec 15, 2015 | 09:00 am

    Sportsmanship vs Gamesmanship As we enter into this time of end-of-year, end-of-season pressures, it’s critical to remember – there is a difference between Gamesmanship and Sportsmanship. Gamesmanship is where the rules are bent – if you’re not caught,  it can feel like you are not actually breaking the rules. Sportsmanship is doing this right thing because it’s the right … Continue reading Sportsmanship vs Gamesmanship

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  • Smith Leadership Nov 24, 2015 | 09:00 am

    Hard Not Harsh I was privileged to watch a college basketball practice recently.  The team is close to the beginning of their season and their practice was ragged.  It happens.  The energy was uneven – swinging from under-energetic to desperately urgent. I watched as the coaching staff abandoned their original practice plan to focus on the team’s concentration, … Continue reading Hard Not Harsh

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  • Smith Leadership Nov 17, 2015 | 09:00 am

    Even When No One Is Watching The mark of dedication and commitment is to do the hard stuff – even when no one is watching. I was watching basketball drills (and realized it’s the same as baseball and softball) – one of the drills was to run and run and run because that’s what’s required to build up stamina for a … Continue reading Even When No One Is Watching

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  • Smith Leadership Nov 10, 2015 | 09:00 am

    Meet…Point…Dance Have you noticed how young people are different?  As a boomer, it’s been explained to me that they are digital natives and I am a digital refugee.  Whatever it is, this generation of athletes, students and employees have grown up differently than us.  They are motivated differently, see teaming differently and have different expectations of … Continue reading Meet…Point…Dance

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  • Smith Leadership Nov 3, 2015 | 09:00 am

    Random Acts of Kindness I was on an airport bus this week and experienced an extraordinary person.  She wasn’t the driver (the one who is responsible for customer service) – she was just another rider. She exuded an engaging energy and seemed to have a sense of shared well-being.  Well-being she shared with the world. When I got on … Continue reading Random Acts of Kindness

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