Dear Failure: Thanks for these 9 Lessons

Dear Failure, You probably didn’t expect to hear from me so soon after everything that went down. I was devastated for sure. But now I’m moving forward with encouragement from well-known people who have overcome failure as well, and I really need to thank you for all you have done for me. 1. Thanks for … Continued

Dear Failure: Thanks for these 9 Lessons

Your Team Needs A Coach, Not A Manager

Teams don’t need managers. They need coaches. And a great coach is more likely to increase capacity and inspire the team’s peak performance than a manager is. This compelling trend is explored in my new podcast (coming soon) with guest Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company. I’m … Continued

Your Team Needs A Coach, Not A Manager

Stop Procrastinating: ‘Eat The Frog First’

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning, and if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first. – Mark Twain We’re at the end of the first month of 2017. How are your yearly goals going? Have … Continued

Stop Procrastinating: ‘Eat The Frog First’

10 Questions Every Leader Is Afraid To Ask But Should

What leader doesn’t want to be more trusted and more effective? To get there, you must find your blind spots so you can resolve them intentionally to become a stronger leader. It takes openness, vulnerability and fearlessness to have this kind of curiosity. Many leaders are afraid to ask tough questions, but trust me, your … Continued

10 Questions Every Leader Is Afraid to Ask but Should

The Key to Nick Saban’s Success? Embracing Now

So much has been written about what makes football coach Nick Saban great and what makes a great leader in general. No matter how much his University of Alabama teams win, they continue to play with urgency and force opponents to raise their level of play. As a sports agent, I saw how Saban’s mentality … Continued

The Key to Nick Saban’s Success? Embracing Now.

Keep One Purposeful New Year’s Resolution in 2017

New Year’s is such a wonderful opportunity for making professional goals that align with our purpose. What’s not so great is that we keep so few of the resolutions that we make. Less than one in 10 resolutions, by some counts. So here’s a challenge/opportunity: Make just one meaningful New Year’s resolution for 2017. Why … Continued

Keep One Purposeful New Year’s Resolution in 2017

Tap Craig Sager’s Secret for a Successful Business Style

Sportscaster Craig Sager’s recent passing made me think about what made him so special and unique– in part because of his successful business style. “There will never be another Craig Sager,” his boss at Turner said, and that was an understatement. Inside sports and beyond, people knew him and he was well-liked for his personality … Continued

Tap Craig Sager’s Secret for a Successful Business Style

The Best Blogs of 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, we take a look back at our most popular blogs from the year. From public speaking tips to personal mission statements to confidence boosters, here’s what you were reading and sharing in 2016. Before you leave this page, be sure to sign up for our newsletter for more … Continued

The Best Blogs of 2016

The Gift that’s not in a Box

With the holidays just around the corner, the shopping malls are jammed and online shopping is just a click away. It’s easy to find ourselves with our list of people we need to get gifts for… and a desire to check the box. I know I’ve been guilty of this approach. But pause with me … Continued

The Gift that’s not in a Box

What the Jerry Maguire Manifesto Teaches Us About Purpose

The 20th anniversary (yes, that’s not a typo!) of the movie “Jerry Maguire” is this week. Based on real characters in pro sports, this famous romantic comedy gave audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of the sports agent business. For me, the movie brings me back to where I was in 1996 when it was … Continued

What the Jerry Maguire Manifesto Teaches Us About Purpose

8 Ways To Boost Team Morale

If your team or a team member is suffering from low morale, productivity suffers for everyone involved. Maybe it’s a lingering issue or related to a specific event, but whatever the reasoning, low morale impacts productivity and isn’t sustainable (not to mention not fun).  It doesn’t have to be that way! Today, you can and … Continued

8 Ways To Boost Team Morale

Intentional Gratitude: It’s Not Just for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on the power of gratitude. Thankfulness is such a great way to pivot toward what matters. We think about it a lot during this time of year, but I’d like to encourage all of us to make intentional gratitude part of every single day. In addition to a … Continued

Intentional Gratitude: It’s Not Just for Thanksgiving

Don’t Let High Expectations Ruin Your Team’s Motivation

Great sports teams—and industry leaders—must learn to cope with high expectations. If you don’t, this pressure can cause fear to ruin your team’s motivation. We set high expectations on the basis of past success (we are at the top or near, and we want to stay there) or aspiration (we want to be at the … Continued

Don’t Let High Expectations Ruin Your Team’s Motivation

How to Respond to Tough Feedback

Defensive: It’s what we easily feel when we get tough feedback. In a flash, defensiveness (and anger, etc.) wall ourselves from words that sting. Even when the words are true. Recent research suggests that we drop people who give us critical feedback. Don’t miss out like this! Tough feedback can really help us. If we … Continued

How to Respond to Tough Feedback

How to Turn Around Your Struggling Team Now

This year’s remarkable World Series match up shows us that it is possible to turn around your team. No matter how toxic the history, it is possible to let go of your team’s old story and embrace a new one. If you are coping with a team that needs a turnaround, study these important lessons … Continued

How to turnaround your struggling team now

How To Be Present—And Why It Matters

“The greatest gift you can give somebody is your attention because your attention is your time, and your time is your life,” author Rick Warren says. “You’re never going to get it back, and that’s why it is so precious when you give it.” We find meaning and closeness in recognizing each other’s important moments. … Continued

How To Be Present—And Why It Matters

The Myth of Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

The pro golfers that I represented as a sports agent had a difficult challenge. Because their work took them on the road, sometimes for weeks at a time, their family time suffered. Some players chose to bring their families with them on the road, and that sometimes compromised their sleep and concentration.   Some traveled solo … Continued

The Myth of Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

Close but No Cigar? 5 Strategies to Recover from Disappointment

We all deal with challenges, failures and disappointments at some point, and these five tactics can immediately help you recover better and faster. You’ll come out with fewer bruises and be on your way to regaining your confidence. 1. Quickly break down the game film. Immediately pause from any urge to beat yourself up. With … Continued

Close but No Cigar? 5 Strategies to Recover from Disappointment

10 Things That Require ZERO Talent

How often do we equate success with talent? All the time. But the reality is, success isn’t created by talent alone. Just like we might see immense talent squandered, we also see underdogs unexpectedly overachieve. Here are 10 behaviors that we can always control that require zero talent yet have a huge impact on our … Continued

10 Things That Require ZERO Talent

7 Fresh Ways to Ask for What You Want

We all find ourselves in situations daily where we have to ask for what we need and want. Maybe it’s needing a colleague’s help with a project, approaching a conversation with your boss, or even asking a small favor of a complete stranger. What helps are fresh ways to ask so you will get what … Continued

7 Fresh Ways to Ask for What You Want

What Each Decade of My Life Has Taught Me

Once a year (usually around my birthday), I like to look back at what I have learned (sometimes the hard way!) that has helped me learn fearlessness and now find a way to spark it in others. Confronting our fears is such a big key to pursuing purpose, meaning and productivity in our lives. As … Continued

What Each Decade of My Life Has Taught Me

5 Secrets to Success as Seen at the U.S. Open

It was such a great mother-daughter experience recently when I took Emma, age 13, to New York for the U.S. Open tennis championship. This is a sporting event I had been to years ago, but never before with any of my daughters. I could have settled for telling her details when I got back home, … Continued

5 Secrets to Success as Seen at the U.S. Open

6 Warning Signs That Your Leadership Approach Isn’t Working

Small moments can have big outcomes if we pay attention, and that’s especially true for leaders of business teams (and sports teams). Sometimes your leadership style develops subtle cracks in its foundation that can lead to structural weakness and collapse. Think you’re doing a great job? Wondering if you could improve? This checklist of six … Continued

6 Warning Signs That Your Leadership Approach Isn’t Working

The Difference Between Achievement and Fulfillment

Have you ever noticed how the lines blur between achievement and fulfillment? Yes, you can have both, but often people confuse the two. Achievement becomes addicting and, if we are not careful, becomes mistaken for fulfillment. I saw this all the time working with elite athletes. When I signed them as young players, I could … Continued

The Difference Between Achievement and Fulfillment

The 4 Types of People You Need In Your Life

Leading can be lonely, which is why it’s critical to surround yourself with people who make you better every day. No matter what your goals and aspirations, these four types of people will help you grow and get there. 1. The Motivator: The motivator is someone who inspires you. When adversity hits, this person will … Continued