Category Archives: Winning

Why Some Game-Plans Work

Every team is excited about their game-plan on the day they think it up. Some teams are excited when the game-plan works and they get to hold up a trophy or the equivalent to it. Other teams never really get to see their game-plan pan out. There are lots of reasons why a game-plan fails but there

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Finding the Summit

Success makes us busy because when we do something successful, we find that there is no real summit on the mountain to rest on. There is always another path to climb. This is why success is not often long-lived or repeated. The additional work that comes with winning often causes people to relax and thus head back

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Sooner is better than later.

Holding the line against compromise is difficult. Sometimes it’s a battle of wills between the coach and team. Sometimes it’s a parent who is trying to do the right thing by saying “no” to their wonderful whining child. The temptation to give in is real. Especially when you know you have the power to make the whiner

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Lucky or learning?

One and done? Flash in the pan? Winning once should never be the goal. In fact it could be the attitude that we would rather be lucky than good that explains why so few people win and even fewer win consistently. It also explains why the same few seem to win consistently. These people make winning the

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The Blinding Win

The flip side to the encouraging truth that nothing is ever as bad as it seems is that nothing is never as good as it seems either. Wins can have a way of hiding our liabilities. Small mistakes are overlooked and, if you win often enough, neglected as if they never happen. Mistakes and bad practices that

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The Defining Moments

Everyone has a defining moment that they can point back to when they make choices. These moments can be earthshaking childhood memories that help shape our world view. They can also be small victories early in the day that help set the tone for how we see the rest of our day. The point is that we

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Any Given Sunday

Winning is the toughest thing to manage. Winning feels great. Winning often feels even better. That good feeling can be a trap because it can create a sense of entitlement to always come first. True winners earn the top spot. They work hard to get there because they know that it isn’t guaranteed. Once someone expects to

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Humility and Entitlement

The clearest indicator of pride may be a sense of entitlement. It can manifest in a number of ways. We can feel entitled to a position on the team because of the expectation of certain rites of passage like tenure and effort. We can feel entitled to an endless supply of resources because we think our job

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Looking for the finish line or the excuse?

Tenacity is an important attribute for a great teammate. Tenacious people don’t quit as easy as others. I believe this is because they have enough confidence to accomplish what they set out to do. That may sound like a no-brainer but it isn’t what everyone does. Some people start endeavors with no real intention to finish. They

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The Learner’s Opportunity

The valuable insight we find in rethinking what we once thought grants us wisdom that helps us to make real time adjustments. Those adjustments allow us to not only be reactive to things we didn’t anticipate in our original plan or method, but to also learn. The wisdom gained from the humble attitude of a learner usually

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