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Dec 07 2017 Berkeley CA U.S.A. California head coach Lindsay Gottlie(C), guard Asha Thomas (L) and forward/center Kristine Anigwe (R) at the press conference celebrate her 200 career win after NCAA Women's Basketball game between San Diego Toreros and California Golden Bears 89-64 win at Hass Pavilion Berkeley Calif. Thurman James / CSM(Credit Image: © Thurman James/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 2: Enthusiasm

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 2: Enthusiasm

The Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help coaches bring their teams together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 2: Enthusiasm “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson I really love that quote by Emerson, because it’s so true! To truly appreciate what he is saying we need

January 28, 2018 - Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China - Guangzhou,CHINA-28th January 2018: Guangzhou Long Lions Basketball Team defeats Beijing Begcl Basketball Team 118-108 at CBA 2017/18 in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire)

Building a Culture of Greatness – Pillar 1: Unity

Our Building a Culture of Greatness series aims to help teams come together by sharing real life examples of team culture. Pillar 1: Unity “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -African Proverb The single, greatest joy in a team sport is losing yourself in the team.

December 5, 2017 - Piscataway, New Jersey, U.S. - Michigan State's head coach Tom Izzo talks with guard Cassius Winston (5) during NCAA basketball action between the Michigan State Spartans and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan State defeated Rutgers 62-52. Duncan Williams/CSM(Credit Image: © Duncan Williams/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Better Coaches Mindset: Feedback, Criticism and Trust

This is the third post of the #BetterCoaches Mindset series in partnership with HoopGrind, and was originally published on its site here.  Read the first post exploring the Hedgehog Concept here, and the second post on Passion vs Obsession here.   If you attend any basketball practice around the world, you are likely to hear the Coach stressing

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Better Coaches Mindset: Hedgehog Concept

This is Part 1 of a Better Coaches Mindset Series from Coach Doug Brotherton and our partners at HoopGrind Basketball. It was originally published here. Three years ago, I listened to the audio version of the book, “Good to Great,“ by Jim Collins. One of the concepts that has stuck with me is the Hedgehog Concept. This

Top Articles of 2017

Top 10 Coaching Articles of 2017

Anyone else feel like 2017 was a blur? In the coaching business, every year goes fast. As we wrap things up, it’s a great time for reflection. It was a year of strong growth for this blog which makes us very proud. We added some phenomenal contributors to our roster in 2017, so a big thank you

December 19, 2017 - December 19, 2017 - Braydon HOBBS ( 15, FCB), FCBB - Coach Aleksandar Sasa DJORDJEVIC (FCB) und Reggie REDDING ( 15, FCB). Basketball, FC Bayern (FCB) - Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (POD), Euro Cup, Gruppe B, 9.Runde, Saison 2017/2018, am 19.12.2017 in Muenchen / A U D I D O M E / Deutschland. *** Braydon HOBBS 15 FCB FCBB coach Aleksandar Sasa DJORDJEVIC FCB and Reggie REDDING 15 FCB basketball FC Bayern FCB Buducnost VOLI Podgorica POD Euro Cup Gruppe B-9 round season 2017 2018 on 19 12 2017 in Munich A U D I D O M E Germany x20171219_106x (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

4 Keys to Developing Mental Toughness

“Mental toughness is having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to generally cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle); specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure.”* The late John Wooden once said, “You can’t have

November 15, 2017 - Jinan, Jinan, China - Jinan, CHINA-15th November 2017:(EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT) ..Members of the Shenzhen Team including American professional basketball player Jared Sullinger do warm-up exercise before the match during CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) 2017/18 in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, November 15th, 2017. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire)

Pregame Visualization Techniques to Improve Performance

Visualization in sports and athletic performance has become more common over the last several decades. Teams and players have been using it to help clear their minds, think positively, review the game and improve performance. Athletes such as Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Vonn, actor Will Smith and even Oprah Winfrey have been known to use

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Mindful Leadership: Uncovering Authenticity, Giving Attention and Building Trust

Mindful leadership is leading from the inside out.  It starts with being able to uncover who you actually are so you can authentically lead. This is the only way to build trust.  And, it’s where mindfulness comes into play. With a mindfulness practice, we train our minds to recognize when our attention drifts, and develop

The BJU Bruins vs Trinity College in the men's basketball regional championship. Photo by Kayla Pierce 2017. Courtesy of Tony Miller

What it Means to be “Champions Today”

Several years ago, our coaching staff chose the phrase “Champions Today” as our program’s motto for that season. Throughout the year, people would ask what exactly “Champions Today” meant. Some figured we were placing an added emphasis on winning, while others thought it had something to do with the pursuit of a championship. In actuality, the phrase

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Finding the Space to Lead

Your days are all over the place running from home to school to practice. And, they’re a blur. When your head hits the pillow at night, you can’t even remember what you did that day. Sound familiar? If so, keep reading. Your mind is constantly running from scrolling Twitter, to a real conversation, to posting

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