Author Archives: Stephanie Zonars

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Captain Sully on Leadership & Teamwork

Captain Sully on Leadership & Teamwork

You’ve heard the story about US Airways Flight 1549 and its miraculous landing on the Hudson River. Like me, perhaps you’ve seen the movie, Sully. (Highly recommended, by the way!) Before seeing the movie, I didn’t know many details about how the situation unfolded on that fateful day in January 2009. A bird strike caused

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A Surefire Way to Select Team Captains

One of the best parts of speaking at coaching conferences is meeting and learning from coaches. At Dan Tudor’s recruiting conference over the summer, I met two volleyball coaches from Gonzaga. As we chatted over dinner, they shared some valuable tips about selecting captains that they learned from Gonzaga Rowing coach, Glenn Putyrae. Deciding how

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Change Your Coaching Staff Dynamic (in 20 minutes)

A team can’t develop healthy team cohesion if the leadership team (i.e. coaching staff) isn’t cohesive. [Tweet That!] Seems logical, yet somehow coaches believe they can still build a unified team despite distrust and other fractures among the staff. Won’t happen. Can’t happen. Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business reviews some of

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The Day I Met Pat Summitt

I didn’t know Pat Summitt personally, but like thousands (if not millions) of young girls growing up when the Tennessee Lady Vols earned dynasty status, her influence touched my life. Since her passing, many players, friends and fans have written remembrances documenting how her courage and determination blazed a trail for them to experience competitive

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8 Tips to a Better Relationship With Your Boss

Most of us have a boss. Someone that has a lot of say as to our professional fate. For head coaches overwhelmed with the demands of running a program, investing time in building a better relationship with their athletic director—often called “managing up”— can seem daunting. Many coaches don’t feel heard by administration and don’t

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The Key to Creating High Performing Teams

Last week at the What Drives Winning Conference, Florida softball coach, Tim Walton, referenced a TED Talk by business leader, Margaret Heffernan. In it, she cites research by evolutionary biologist who studied productivity using chickens. William Muir devised an experiment to find out what would make chickens produce more eggs. Chickens live in groups, so

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