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Remember This: Work Comes Before Success

Work and success are virtually synonymous. The dictionary defines work as, “Exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something.” Success is defined as, “goal reached; accomplishment.” When you look at both work and success, you find the words, “accomplish something” and “accomplishment.” Vince Lombardi, the legendary Green Bay Packers coach, wrote, “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Work is the key to success and hard work can help you accomplish anything.” The key to the words, work and success, is always their order. Work precedes success. In my 44 years of coaching basketball – 10 at the high school level and 34 at the collegiate level – I was fortunate to coach numerous All-Conference and All-State [...]

By |2021-05-06T14:00:43-07:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Success|0 Comments

The 4 Principles to Excellence

Our college coach, Gordie Gillespie, had this to say about athletic practices, “You play as you practice.” Excellent practices lead to excellent games; poor practices make for poor performance. Dean Smith, the former University of North Carolina basketball coach, believed, “The practices belong to the coaches; the games belong to the players.” The practices must properly prepare the players for the games. Practices in athletics can be based on four principles. Are these four principles relevant to the training in your business or your organization? Does your organization’s training properly prepare your people for excellence in execution of your policies? 1. Effort Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, used to tell his players, “We will chase perfection, and we [...]

By |2021-04-21T14:00:27-07:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Success|0 Comments

How a Properly Planned Agenda Eliminates Ineffective Meetings

Organizations spend a great amount of time throughout the course of a year in meetings. Meetings should always be meaningful, organized, and necessary. Unfortunately, too many meetings I have sat through fit what a friend once told me, “Meetings are people sitting around talking about things they ought to be doing.” I can recall many meetings I attended through my career wishing I could have been in my office working! I think meetings are more fruitful if they are preceded by a comprehensive Planning Meeting at the beginning of the year. The purpose of this initial meeting is to get everyone on the same page for the upcoming year. University of St. Francis Athletics Our full-time people in the St. Francis athletic program [...]

By |2021-04-06T14:00:04-07:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: Success|0 Comments

How a Properly Planned Agenda Eliminates Ineffective Meetings

Organizations spend a great amount of time throughout the course of a year in meetings. Meetings should always be meaningful, organized, and necessary. Unfortunately, too many meetings I have sat through fit what a friend once told me, “Meetings are people sitting around talking about things they ought to be doing.” I can recall many meetings I attended through my career wishing I could have been in my office working! I think meetings are more fruitful if they are preceded by a comprehensive Planning Meeting at the beginning of the year. The purpose of this initial meeting is to get everyone on the same page for the upcoming year. University of St. Francis Athletics Our full-time people in the St. Francis athletic program [...]

By |2021-04-06T14:00:04-07:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: Success|0 Comments