Witty Wisdom



  •  Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  •  If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong. 
  • Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
  • To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
  • We have strange and wonderful relationship. You're strange and I'm wonderful.
  • I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.
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An Effective Leader's Skill Set


  • Loyalty 
      • It is better to  have a loyal soldier than a great soldier.--General Patton
      • Loyalty is the greatest form of love.
      • What we do here, what we see here, what we say here, let it stay here when we leave here.
      • Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
      • A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.
      • Loyalty is the cornerstone of team building.
  • Work ethic
      • Make a living by what you get; make a life by what you give.
      • Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan
      • Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.
      • Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
  • Communication  
      • Make sure players listen and make sure you have something worthwhile to say.
      • It is as easy to draw back a stone, thrown with force from the hand, as to recall a word once spoken.
      • Many can argue--not many converse.
      • Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
  • Teaching ability
      • The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
      • Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.
      • In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.
  • Leadership
      • Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
      • The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
      • Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
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Nine Attributes Of Effective Leaders




  1. Productivity. They outsource their most time-consuming, repetitive or annoying tasks. 
  2. Convenience. They learn t to leverage their time. They learn new ways to do old things such as learning to use technology.
  3. Efficiency. Successful leaders batch their work to work most efficiently. They work more efficiently not necessarily harder.
  4. Effectiveness. They evaluate before taking action.
  5. Management. They learn to manage difficult things and difficult people. 
  6. Conflict resolution. They realize that conflict is part of leadership and is practically a requirement if you expect to achieve great things.
  7. Relationships. They  follow networking guru Harvey Mackay's advice of  “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty.”  They build a relationship with their AD, janitor and other people they'll be calling on for help before you need them.
  8. Communication skills. They learn key techniques and phrases that will allow them to avoid damaging conflicts. Communication requires practice. Effective leaders never stop practicing.
  9. Tact. It’s easy to get stuck in an endless conversation with emotional people. Effective leaders learn to bow out tactfully. They have learned how to tactfully bring conversations to an end.
 Adapted from coachfore.org

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Tony Bennett's Five Program Pillars



  1. Humility: Don't be conceited. Remain grounded and humble in recognizing strengths while also having the self-awareness to improve upon weaknesses.
  2. Passion: Be energetic and fully embrace the hard work that's needed in achieving whatever goal that has been set.
  3. Unity: Basketball is a team sport. So is life. A group that works together can accomplish greatness.
  4. Servanthood: Team success always comes first. Know your role. Act upon that role. Work with those around you. Listen to suggestions and ideas.
  5. Thankfulness: Be appreciative when success has been achieved. But also embrace the lessons that can be taken from adversity.
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Coach Yourself: A Motivational Guide For Coaches And Leaders

About This Book
Coach Yourself is a unique book, compiled exclusively for coaches to provide you with physical, mental and spiritual motivation throughout the season. In his follow-up to A Season In Words, veteran coach Dan Spainhour arms you with quotes and motivational ideas to help you achieve peace of mind throughout the season from how to stay motivated to handling critics.

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Coming In The December 2015 Issue Of The Coaching and Leadership Journal





  • Leadership profile of Mike Brey
  • Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly’s benchmarks
  • Dale Brown on Leadership
  • Can data predict injury?
  • Players don’t hate losing like they used to
  • Leadership lessons of Santa Claus
  • Four villains of decision making
  • Lessons from Mad Dog Mattis
  • Never be too busy to read
  • How to be a great teammate
  • Some good news about athletics
  • The power of belief
  • Showing up & listening got Becky Hammon to the NBA
  • Things a real competitor never says
  • Tips from Jamie Dixon
  • And much more!


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A Few Motivational Quotes For Coaches


  • It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.—Lou Holtz
  • Publicity is like poison.  It doesn’t hurt unless you swallow it.—Joe Paterno
  • It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.—Arnold Toynbee
  • I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars. I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.—Warren Buffett
  • All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself. —Bill McCartney
  • Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.—Albert Einstein
  • If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted on the Sistine floor.—Neil Simon
  • If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind. –Seneca
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Lincoln's Leadership Lesson--Never Take Away People's Primary Reason For Action



A friend once told Abraham Lincoln he was concerned about Cabinet Officer Salmon Chase's ambition for the presidency, and he thought Lincoln should ask Chase to resign. Lincoln had observed that Chase's department was functioning very well, and as long as it continued to do so he would not worry about Chase's presidential aspirations. 

To drive the point home he told of a time when he and his step-brother were plowing a corn field in Indiana, he driving the horse and his step-brother guiding the plow. The horse, naturally lazy and slow, suddenly rushed across the field so fast the boys could hardly keep pace with him. On reaching the end of the furrow, Lincoln discovered an enormous horse-fly fastened to the horse and knocked it off. His step-brother asked why he did that; whereupon Lincoln explained that he didn't want the horse bitten. 

"But," protested his step-brother, "that's all that made him go!" "Now," said Lincoln, "if Mr. Chase has a presidential horse-fly biting him, I'm not going to knock it off if it will only make his department go."

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Leadership Lessons of Abraham Lincoln: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Leadership, Responsibility, and Power

A Dozen Insights That Can Be Helpful For Coaches


  1. Put five people in a lifeboat and they will get along splendidly. Put those same five people on a luxury yacht and they’ll fight over who has to serve the drinks.
  2. Even Jesus had trouble with twelve guys.
  3. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.– Thomas Jefferson
  4. Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.– Louis L’Amour
  5. A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.– John Lubbock
  6. Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.– St. Francis of Assisi
  7. It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.– Alfred Adler
  8. If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.– Morris Wesley
  9. You can’t get much done in life if you only work when you feel good.–Jerry West
  10. Did you know that the term “Blue Chip” comes from the color of the poker chip with the highest value, blue?
  11. I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.– Lily Tomlin
  12. Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.– Walter Savage Landor 
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A Season In THEIR Words--Quotes From Coaches From The Preseason To The Postseason by Dan Spainhour

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Doing Too Many Things At Once May Not Be Saving Us Time And Could Be Harming Our Health



In the 1740s, Lord Chesterfield offered the following advice to his son: “There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time. Here are a few things that bear out Chesterfield my have been right:

  • Numerous studies have shown the sometimes fatal danger of using phones and other electronic devices while driving.
  • A 2005 British study found that workers distracted by email and phone calls suffer a fall in IQ more than twice that found in marijuana smokers.
  • A Vanderbilt University found that task-switching leads to time lost as the brain determines which task to perform.
  • An UCLA study found thru the use of brain scans that multitasking adversely affects learning. “Even if you learn while multitasking, that learning is less flexible so you cannot retrieve the information as easily,” it says.
  • “People who have achieved great things often credit a finely honed skill for paying attention. When asked about his genius, Isaac Newton responded that if he had made any discoveries, it was “owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.”

—Adapted from Toronto Star: Can you finish this story without being interrupted? Doing too many things at once may not be saving us any time, and could be harming our health by Christine Rosen

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  The Myth of Multitasking: How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done

In The November Issue Of The Coaching And Leadership Journal

  • Leaders can learn from the pilgrims
  • Ohio State's power of the unit
  • Benefits of team conflict
  • Seven deadly sins of speaking
  • Leadership profile of Harry Statham, basketball's all-time wins leaders at a four-year college or university 
  • Qualities of a team player
  • New study destroys 10,000 hour rule
  • Very presidential 
  • Bill Belichick and the three P’s
  • The Buzz--Buzz Williams
  • Toughness takeaways
  • The worst ways to end a meeting
  • Off-season contenders or pretenders
  • Nuggets of wisdom from NFL legends
  • And much more!
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Life Lessons From Dr. Seuss


  • Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. 
  • Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
  • You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
  • A person’s a person, no matter how small.
  • The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
  • Everything stinks till it’s finished.
  • Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
  • I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind. But I’ve brought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see; now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
  • Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
  • Think left and think right and think low and think high.
  • And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.
  • Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act. 
  • From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.

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Coach Yourself: A Motivational Guide For Coaches And Leaders

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Coach Yourself is a unique book, compiled exclusively for coaches to provide you with physical, mental and spiritual motivation throughout the season. In his follow-up to A Season In Words, veteran coach Dan Spainhour arms you with quotes and motivational ideas to help you achieve peace of mind throughout the season from how to stay motivated to handling critics.

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Lessons From A Wolf: Team Unity Through Individual Uniqueness



Every wolf has his own voice. Every wolf respects the voice of every other wolf.

There is not a more eerie, mournful, frightening or beautiful sound at night than the musical extravaganza of a howling wolf pack. Campers and hunters who have heard this chorus are filled with wonder but are also usually immobilized by fear. Because of the melody of voices, it often sounds like they are surrounded by scores of wolves.

In truth, there are usually no more than five to eight wolves howling in a pack. The secret is that the wolves are always careful not to duplicate each other. Each wolf assumes a unique pitch, respecting the distinctiveness of the other members of the pack. While the notes may change, as in any beautiful song, one wolf will not copy the pitch of another.
Interestingly, this respect for the individual only emphasizes the true unity of the group. They are one, but they are individuals, each contributing to the organization in their own unique way. Every wolf has his own voice. Every wolf respects the voice of every other wolf.

While no one knows for sure why wolves sing, nature has blessed them with a talent they have perfected through the generations. However, we can make some educated guesses about the phenomenon; they are happy, excited, playful, territorial, and sorrowful. They may be simply reaffirming the spirit and unity of their pack. After all, why do birds sing? Why do we?

An additional reason that wolves may howl is that it provides a time, a place and an event for all social barriers to be broken. Wolves have a strong social order, with each member understanding its role and place. When we observe wolves eating together, we see what seems to be curtsies, bows, whines and hugs—all according to each member’s “place” in the organization. But when wolves howl together, all barriers are dropped, as if to say, “We are one, but we are all unique, so don’t tread on us.” As anyone who has ever listened to this magical howling choir will testify, its message is heard.
The wolf symphony makes the pack appear a much more formidable foe than would be the case if they all sounded the same. No wonder intruders become confused and frightened at what they assume to be an army of wolves.

So, too, are human organizations and teams more formidable when the awareness of each individual is celebrated rather than stifled. Each person assumes his share of responsibility for the group by employing his special talents and strengths. By members expressing their own uniqueness and respecting and encouraging the uniqueness of others, the unit becomes a strong, formidable one.




The Wisdom of Wolves : Nature's Way to Organizational Success(revised)

The Sandwich Method—Morgan Wootten



In communicating with the players on the court, I find it extremely helpful to precede constructive criticism with praise. I use what I like to call the ‘sandwich technique.’ First, I compliment an aspect of the player’s performance, then I slip in the constructive comment, and then I top it off with more praise.

An example of this is, ‘Hey, Bill, great rebound! But you didn’t look up. And if you had, we had someone wide open who could have triggered the break. But you did a great job of protecting the ball, and that at least assured us of the possession.’

The two things people like to hear the most are the sound of their own name and a compliment — preferably together. So when talking to your players, if you call their name and pay them a compliment, you know you’re going to have their full attention. And that is communication as it’s best.

—Adapted from Morgan Wootten’s Coaching Basketball Successfully




Coaching Basketball Successfully - 3rd Edition

In The October Issue Of The Coaching and Leadership Journal






  • Insights from a World Series champion
  • Arrogant or humble
  • Leaders can learn from a hippie love fest
  • Earn respect the easy way
  • Leadership Profile of Jill Ellis, Head Coach Women's National Soccer Team
  • From the mind of Tom Izzo
  • Using meditation to improve performance
  • One style does not fit all winners
  • Billy Donovan—see the big picture
  • Things confident people don’t do
  • 6 danger signals of the disease of me
  • And more!

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The purpose of the Journal is to provide ideas and insights to people who are passionate about leading and to provide it in a quick and easy-to-read format. The Coaching & Leadership Journal serves coaches, athletic directors, administrators, and practitioners in education. Our journal publishes article summaries that pertain to both leadership theory and insights from athletic professionals as well as top leaders in all professions. 

Like a monthly debriefing, our journal allows you to get valuable information without having to waste time searching for it. You'll refer to it again and again. It is not just a journal but a valuable resource delivered to you each month.

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What Equals 100 Percent? An Interesting Formula



What equals 100 percent? What does it mean to give 100 percent? What determines 100 percent in all of your endeavors? This formula provides an interesting answer.

If you take:
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
And represent it as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Then:
H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11
= 98 PERCENT

And
K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5
= 96 percent

But
A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5
= 100 percent
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Coach Yourself: A Motivational Guide For Coaches And Leaders

About This Book
Coach Yourself is a unique book, compiled exclusively for coaches to provide you with physical, mental and spiritual motivation throughout the season. In his follow-up to A Season In Words, veteran coach Dan Spainhour arms you with quotes and motivational ideas to help you achieve peace of mind throughout the season from how to stay motivated to handling critics.

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The 5 X 3 Communication Process



When your team is going through change, good communication is essential. Try the 5 x 3 method--offer your message 5 times using 3 different communications vehicles. Repeat the message 5 times  in different ways—team meeting, one-on-one, text message, etc. to ensure your message is received.

–Adapted from Leadership and the art of transformation by Stephen Ekstrom

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