It was a gathering of coaches; college, high school, youth, men’s, women’s, boy’s and girl’s from a wide variety of different sports.
The topic was Integrity in Coaching. Two of the panelists were longtime coaches in the small community in which I live. Both had distinguished themselves as successful from a wins and losses standpoint but, more importantly, both were known for being men of integrity who placed that value ahead of the success measure most coaches are evaluated on.
“It’s very scary stuff!”
Those are the words sheepishly uttered by Dunder-Mifflin Regional Sales Manager Michael Scott when he was asked by his administrative assistant Pam Beesly why he had waited so long before deciding who he was going to fire.
Scott’s corporate office had apparently told him some time ago that he was going to need to let someone in his office go for budgetary reasons. He received a call from his boss on his morning arrival in his office asking who it was he had decided to release.
Fear is a door closer. Slammed shut. Tight. Darkness. The key is thrown away.
Courage is a door opener, a life changer.
The Tuesday before Halloween I had the pleasure of taking my granddaughter to the library for Story Time!
Because it was just a couple of days before the big day a few of the kids were in costume. The stories for the day revolved around spiders and were well presented by the young lady in charge of Story Time.
It is always fascinating to me how two, or even three or four people can view the same thing or the same situation and see completely different things.
The NCAA men’s basketball championship was played recently. North Carolina was the winner of the game but this is about the loser, Gonzaga University.
Now, if you’re not a basketball fan, please don’t check out of this blog. Gonzaga basketball is merely a tool to share my point today!
Virtually everyone who can read that headline can finish that sentence.
Passionate. Animated. Glowing.
These are the words I would use to describe the young mom as I visited with her during parts of our conversation.
I love reading and studying on leadership and culture. With all that I’ve learned over the years you would think I wouldn’t mess up with people as often as I do. I need to be a better listener and I need to stop jumping to conclusions about situations and about people.
My wife and I were fortunate to have our family with us for the Easter holiday. On Saturday night we made some popcorn and watched Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. If you haven’t seen it yet I would highly recommend it. If you have seen it you may want to see it again as I’m sure I will. I’ll do my very best to not give anything away in this writing.
Seven years ago was the start of a difficult time for my wife and I from which we have slowly been recovering.
In January of 2010 I lost my job.
In February of 2011, while I was still unemployed and looking for work, my wife lost her job.
Often times, I don’t really know where to start. Today is one of those days.
Generally, I know what I want to say but transferring it from my head to my computer is where the challenge comes in.
Usually in these cases I just start typing and see where it leads.
It was a Saturday morning and I needed to head out of town for a speaking engagement in the early afternoon. Everything was ready to go and I had some time so I turned on Netflix and looked at what I had stored in my queue.