When you think about great leadership, you tend to think about big moments: daring decisions and inspiring speeches; moments when a great leader shows the path forward.
But in my research, I kept seeing leaders deliver something different. They weren’t big moments, but rather little moments of confession, when they admitted to a mistake or a …
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It’s the oldest problem: what should you do about bad apples in your group, those chronically negative, team-sabotaging people who possess a genius for dragging others down?
The most straightforward solution is to simply fire them. Many groups have zero tolerance for bad apples (“No Dickheads” is the way the New Zealand All-Blacks rugby team puts …
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Check out this story of Eric Thames, a washed-up ballplayer who used his time in the Korean league to transform his skills. As this story shows, boredom isn’t a problem; it’s the solution, because it gives you the opportunity to reflect, plan, and build something new.
Eric Thames and the Transformative Power of Boredom
Wanted to share some news: The Culture Code has an official release date: January 30, 2018. We originally were going to launch in fall, but the more we thought about it, the more we liked the idea of the new year.
It also has an actual, real-life cover:
We were aiming for an image that captured the cohesive, magical …
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This is the coolest/most inspiring video I’ve seen in a long time: Bruce Springsteen talking about practice.
Anybody else get goosebumps? How about you, Allen Iverson?
(Big thanks to Lisa Vahey. And also to Cousin Frankie)
What if you could measure the productivity of each practice session? That is, what if you could look beneath the surface and see precisely how much learning and progress each session generates?
If you did, I think you’d find that your productivity, like so many things in life, probably follows a bell curve.
At one end, you …
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There are lots of cool videos out there on the power of effective practice. But this might be one of the best — especially to show learners before a session.
It’s by Annie Bosler and Don Greene, and animated by Martina Mestrovic. And it’s awesome.
When you look out at the vast ecosystem of teaching and coaching, you see two main species: people who are focused on building skill, and people who are focused on building people.
Most coaches and teachers are in the skill-building business. They spend their time thinking about how to get better. They understand technique and strategy …
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This revisit of a 2013 post is made timely by the fact that Tom Brady, now nearly 40, just went 11-1 and set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio. Which means 1) he’s pretty good for a sixth-round draft choice; 2) he’s almost made up for his choice of underwear in the photo at right.
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Question: How much better would you be if you practiced a skill every day for one or two years?
Would you be ten times better? Twenty? Fifty?
Here’s the answer (tip: watch the first few seconds, then fast-forward to the end):
This guy did a similar experiment, learning a skateboard trick in six hours.
You wouldn’t be ten or …
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