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:
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

= 96 percent

= 100 percent

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.


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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You Don’t Do It Alone

Author Alex Haley, had a picture in his office, showing a turtle sitting atop a fence. The picture was there to remind him of a lesson he learned long ago: “If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he had some help. Any time I start thinking, wow, isn’t this marvelous what I’ve done! I look up at that picture and remember how this turtle—me—got up on that post,” said Haley
—Adapted from Phillip Barry Osborne,
The Handbook of Magazine Article 


A Season In Words by Dan Spainhour

Honest To Goodness Leadership Traits—Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is regarded by many as one of the greatest leaders of all time. What can leaders take away from what we know about Honest Abe that is relevant today? Here are just a few suggestions that leaders everywhere can learn from the sixteenth president.

  • Listen deeply to what people on all sides say. Lincoln was a northerner, but understood the plight of the southerners. He incorporated their feelings and struggles into his speeches and correspondence.
  • Acknowledge your errors and learn from your mistakes. That was something Lincoln was particularly good at, and it commanded respect from allies and opponents alike.
  • Be able to relax and replenish your energy. In Lincoln’s case, he went to the theater and told humorous stories before tough cabinet meetings. Roosevelt had cocktail hours during World War II. One rule: Attendees couldn’t talk about the war. Instead, they discussed books and other leisure activities.
  • Keep your anger in perspective. When Lincoln got angry with someone, he had a ritual of writing a letter that expressed all his emotions. But he then put it aside and never sent it.
  • Don’t be a success hog. Lincoln knew he would not be able to accomplish things without the help of his cabinet and staff. He shared credit for successes among his team.
  • If you have a weakness, choose someone who is strong in that area to counterbalance you. Lincoln brought his political adversaries into his cabinet. He did it with Edwin M. Stanton, who publicly belittled him. Lincoln later made him secretary of war because felt Stanton was the best person for the job.
  • Be visible during a crisis. Whenever something bad happened during the Civil War, Lincoln went out amidst the troops. For leaders, in tough times let yourself be seen. Setting an example is the most powerful thing of all.
  • Master timing. Lincoln would announce changes in policies after gauging public sentiment. After you’ve absorbed the feeling of your staff, make the right decision about the time to announce a change or new way of doing things.
  • When speaking publicly, get it right. Lincoln worked for days on speeches and letters and used the best examples he could. He used examples from everyday life. People were able to relate to them better.
  • Shoulder responsibility for the failures of your subordinates.Lincoln knew that he was the leader of a team and he was ultimately responsible for what everyone under him did.

--Adapted from Lincoln’s Leadership Lessons forbes.com

Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

In The September Issue Of The Coaching And Leadership Journal

  • Leadership Lessons From The World Cup
  • Coach K’s Keynote Speech
  • 5 Commandments Of Leadership
  • Say It Seven Times To Make It So
  • Their Thoughts—Jimbo Fisher
  • Inspirational Movie Quotes
  • The Best Make Great First Impressions
  • Improved Eyesight Training
  • Ways To Become A Better Leader
  • Stages Of Team Membership
  • Unconventional Wisdom
  • Time Management Lessons
  • Winning Beliefs
  • How To Be A Better Listener
  • And more!

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Try These Ideas When You Are Forced To Reprimand A Team Member

Here are some things to keep in mind when you need to reprimand a team member:

  • Let the team member know that the behavior is undesirable, not the person.
  • Let the person know that you care about him or her as a person, but that you expect more from them.
  • Do not punish anyone who is unable to perform a task. Take action on those who are able to perform the task but are unwilling or unmotivated to succeed.
  • A team member should be called on the carpet immediately after the undesirable behavior.
  • Do not humiliate a person in front of others.
  • Make sure that the person understands exactly what behavior led to the reprimand or punishment.
  • Do not hold a grudge. When it is over…it is over! Move on!

Reprimanding is never a fun task. However, by following these concepts you will reduce the number of repeat offenders on your team


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