Monthly Archives: March 2016

Take Charge of Your Team Culture

culturePhil Niemela shares 20 messages that coaches can use to improve the culture of their program.

Coaches constantly send messages to their players, school, and community that shape the culture of their team/program. The clearer a coach is on the messages they send, the more effective those messages will be, and the more control they will have on their culture. Decide what you value and communicate it every day to the people in and around your program.

Here is a list of 20 messages I have seen and heard from successful coaches regarding shaping team culture:

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The Process Behind March Madness

men basketball CLIPARTDan McEssy shares how the journey to the NCAA Tournament begins long before the calendar flips to March. 

March Madness is upon us! The excitement of postseason tournaments invigorates a nation emerging from yet another winter season. Elite teams put their final touches on an envious regular season, while others scrap for a postseason opportunity. The nation eagerly awaits for Cinderellas to dance as giants fall. The purpose of a regular season is unclear, if not fully forgotten. National rankings become irrelevant, and tournament seeds are no guarantee to success. So why did we have to wait for all this excitement? The truth is, March itself didn’t create the madness. It’s a result of a process.

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Invest in your APE to Improve Performance

Feed the APE $100Dakota Gillmore speaks about mental energy, and how to improve performance by investing in thoughts within our control. 

As you are probably well aware, there is only so much information that our brains can process before mental fatigue inevitably sets in. This often happens when we try to do or think about too many things over a prolonged period of time. Mental fatigue occurs when we exceed our limited stores of mental capacity, or what I like to call “mental energy.” We spend mental energy every time we use our brains to process information, an example being when we are deep in thought or completing complex tasks.

The ability to manage thoughts, process information and think critically is an important predictor of success in most performance domains. Unfortunately, when our mental energy is drained, cognitive performance suffers, as does our ability to complete tasks effectively and efficiently.

Often, during athletic competition and other performance scenarios, we do not spend enough of our limited mental energy on things that actually benefit our performance. Take a moment now to think about what you spend mental energy on before an important competitive event (examples being an athletic competition, job interview, or business proposal)…

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