Motivation & Leadership

Yeats and the Volleyball Season

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing  – William Butler Yeats At LMU we play in the West Coast Conference. And it is a tough this year…really tough.  The teams that finished towards the bottom last season are greatly improved. Two…

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The Ultimate Over-Achievers

This past weekend, unbeknownst to many here in the United States, the Wallabies (Australia) defeated the Springboks (South Africa) and advanced to play the All-Blacks (New Zealand) in the second semi-final of the Rugby World Cup.  Over the past year, these three teams have been the most dominate in World Rugby. So the stage is set for…

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The Dog Days

I was reading a fishing report a few weeks back, and it was entitled “The Dog Days of Summer.” The report went on to explain the current fishing conditions, the hot weather, how to avoid rattlesnakes, and the challenges of trying to catch fickle trout. Today I spent several hours chatting with camp clients about…

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Staying the Course–Process over Outcome

Last Thursday we played our first conference match of the year at BYU–a new member of the West Coast Conference. We knew they were very good–even better than when we played them earlier in the season. I felt like we were ready to play well and we were expecting a very competitive match. It wasn’t…

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Fundamentals of Relationships

The Fundamentals of Relationships When traveling with the Men’s National Team, there is inevitably a significant amount of downtime.  I try to be as productive as possible while waiting for the next flight, bus ride or meal by reading a variety of non-fiction books that might help my coaching.  Two weeks ago while in Puerto…

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Courage

The following blog post is not so much about volleyball, camps, clinics, and instruction. It’s a bit of reminder that there are much bigger issues facing our players, our colleagues, and our communities. Sometimes, however, we can try to use our influence to help relieve or tackle some of those issues. To the community of…

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Why Talent is Overrated

By Geoff Colvin, senior editor at large (Fortune Magazine) — It is mid-1978, and we are inside the giant Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, looking into a cubicle shared by a pair of 22-year-old men, fresh out of college. Their assignment is to sell Duncan Hines brownie mix, but they spend a lot of…

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How Not to Talk to your Kids – the Inverse Power of Praise

The Inverse Power of Praise John Kessel from USA Volleyball passed this along to us. The article below, while not specific to volleyball, has some very direct and beneficial application to coaching. It also forces us to ask some very difficult questions about ourselves as coaches. Some of the questions I was forced to ask…

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The Competitive Cauldron

The Competitive Cauldron Written by Tom Black Explaining the Competitive Cauldron There is no improvement without intensity. This is what draws us to the cauldron. If we want our players to improve, they have to play hard. If we want them to play hard, we have to get them to compete. If we want to…

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Coaching Rollercoaster

The BYU Women played their first home matches this weekend (and therefore as the volunteer assistant I was able to be on the bench) and while we went 2 and 1, we lost a close 5 game match to K-State on the last night. At some point in his career, the NFL QB (and BYU…

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