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How Quickly Do You Make Decisions?

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As a speech coach, I think of “thinking on your feet” in the verbal context:  thinking quickly and responding appropriately with words.  But—watching the NCAA Final Four and the Championships—both men’s and women’s—gave me a whole new appreciation of thinking … Continue reading

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Leaving It All Out There On the Field (Ice)!

Now that the football season is no longer inspiring my Sundays, I turned to Olympic figure skating!  I find the couples’ synchronized twizzles (multi-rotational one foot turns) in ice dancing moved me to instant tears, just as the running back … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your “Offense” Get Beaten by the Noise!

  Super Bowl 2014:  My man, Peyton Manning, goes down in spectacular fashion.  After breaking all-time offensive records in the regular season—touchdowns thrown (55) and yards thrown (over 5400), it didn’t matter.  He gets rattled and rolled by the best … Continue reading

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Comeback Time! Find the Fire

How cool is it that the NFL Playoffs and the College Championship and Bowl games happen for New Year’s?  Just when we are fighting our tendency to hash over last year’s regrets — the unfulfilled expectations– the thwarted intentions, here … Continue reading

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Why Not Have a Players-Only Meeting?

What I love about sports is they keep it simple.  Any member of a sports team can call for a “players-only meeting.”  Detroit Lions running back, Reggie Bush said, after his team’s second consecutive loss, “We definitely need to have … Continue reading

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Think You Can Do It Alone? “Not so fast, my friend.”

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Why is it that NFL teams with the most talented players aren’t Super Bowl champions that year?  Take the San Diego Chargers. Philip Rivers, the Quarterback, has the best individual stats (including accuracy leader in passes completed), so why aren’t … Continue reading

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“Worst to First”–the Power of Resilience

One of the great things about sports is you can see the human condition ebb and flow in a microcosm lasting 60 minutes on the football clock (which we all know is not really 60 minutes) and interminable minutes on … Continue reading

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Stay Poised in the Noise

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Statistics are fun.  I mean, don’t you love knowing that Edison patented almost 1300 inventions in his lifetime?  Or that summer on Uranus lasts 21 years?  Or that more than 10 people a year are killed by a vending machine?  … Continue reading

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NFL—Ultimate Employee Engagement

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The season of the NFL, or the demonstration of “ultimate employee engagement has begun!  “Employee engagement” is defined as “the emotional and functional commitment an employee has to his or her organization.” Statistics from Gallup show that 71% of all … Continue reading

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“Look up, get up, and don’t ever give up”

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These are the words Michael Irvin used at the end of his acceptance speech when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.  I am a Hall of Fame junkie as you know (see my blog … Continue reading

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