Posts tagged "Coaching"

You Get What You Reward

In my second year as the Boys’ Basketball Coach at Fairmont Prep Academy we are in the process of trying to establish a particular kind of culture and were having some trouble getting certain players to commit to things we felt were important. Some of this was the players not understanding yet, some was parental... Read more »

You Get What You Emphasize. Or Do You?

Anytime you enter into a new leadership position, whether it is in business, for an organization, or as a head coach at a different school, the first and primary task at hand is to begin to establish the kind of culture you are looking for. Jim Thompson, founder and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance... Read more »


I love using that as an acronym that stands for Together Everyone Achieves More. Easy to say, looks good on a locker room wall, but hard to achieve. It has to start with breeding togetherness that builds the trust we previously discussed. At a Positive Coaching Alliance event titled “Insights from Experts” Westmont University Head... Read more »


Yes, that was “Do You!” with an exclamation point  not “Do you?” with a question mark.  If you were to come to one of my young son Tyler’s baseball games, at any point during the game either at the plate or on the pitchers mound, you might hear his Mom implore from the stands, “Do... Read more »

Sports: Conversation Sparks “Idea,” Inspiring Book for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches

Over this past year, I have spent a good deal of time adding articles to my blog here at ChicagoNow. Pieces that I felt warranted a highlight, articles written to inspire thought and action, commentary (sometimes unpopular) I thought necessary, and writings with the specific purpose of building strong foundations for success…athletic success. My goal…something... Read more »

Sports: Athletes Seeking Championship Success Start With “ROA”

This past summer we watched some of the very best athletes in the world compete at the London Olympics. Whether it was swimmers Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte or Missy Franklin; gymnasts Gabby Douglas, Alexandra Raisman or Mckayla Maroney; or track’s Usain Bolt, Ashton Eaton or Lolo Jones; all demonstrated the results that unequivocal dedication, commitment,... Read more »


Being the holiday season of office parties,  Secret Santas, and gift lists for all those who have been naughty and nice, the practice of “re-gifting” gets a  somewhat of a bad wrap. It is not always bad to give something to someone else that has already been given to you. I’m not talking about that... Read more »

High School: Downers Grove South P.E./Health/Drivers Ed. Show Undeniable Support For Colleague

I am writing this piece in order to thank a very special group of people in my life…a family away from home of sorts. You see, I am in my final year of teaching, after 34 years, and will be retiring from education at the end of this school year. My feelings about this retirement... Read more »

Sports: Regardless of the Sport, Athletes are Much More Alike Than They are Different – Part III

Continuing our discussion from Part II (Wednesday), make no mistake, the last three categories that encompass the commonalities between all athletes when striving to succeed is every bit as important as the first three. Next up…the CDSPH Principle. CDSPH Principle: An acronym created for Becoming a True Champion, the CDSPH Principle (Commitment, Discipline, Sacrifice, Priorities,... Read more »

Sports: Regardless of the Sport, Athletes are Much More Alike Than They are Different – Part II

Well…the answer to the question posed at the end of Part I of this post (what are those relative aspects, qualities, ALL athletes/teams need in order to reach their potential and become the very best that they can be?) is certainly quite long. That is, at least, if I were to elaborate on all points... Read more »