Blog on coaching

March 28, 2016

Loyal Opposition; Champion the Cause

  You’re driving.  Your boss is in the backseat.  You are approaching a fork in the road. The boss tells you to turn right at the fork. You happen to know that turning right will lead to Baltimore-style chaos.  Nasty stuff. A riot is breaking out. Yet you know that […]
March 21, 2016

Your Brand: Tell Me in One Word

How do people describe you? Beyond your age or gender or general storefront?  Smart or nice or silly or clever or quiet or aloof or moody? There would be similarity in the adjectives parents, friends, colleagues, and general acquaintances would use to describe you. In total, the adjectives they use […]
March 14, 2016

Aspiration is an Eagle; Apathy a bit of a Serpent

    Aspiration is an eagle; apathy a bit of a serpent. You do people a great service when you expect much from them.  It is no favor to let others slide, to not aspire. Apathy, on the other hand, eats away.  It erodes you. I think it lends itself […]
March 7, 2016

Positive Reinforcement “The Pot Calls the Marijuana Dope”

Basketball coach: “Billy- you’re in for Stevie.  Top of the 1-3-1 zone defense.  Two minutes max then back out.  I need you to be all asshole and elbows.  Two minutes.  Whatever kid has the ball? That kid’s got YOUR ball. Got it?  Can you make this a track meet?” Billy […]
February 29, 2016

The Power of Compounding: Weeds on a Neglected Tomb

Put just a little away. 3 bucks a day over 40 years should result in a million. $3 a day. And you can do better than $3 a day. Nobody gets rich; everyone can amass wealth. It is really hard to get rich quickly. Win the lottery or start a […]
February 22, 2016

Bob Loblaw has no Enthusiasm, No Motivation. Say it out loud! Bob Loblaw.

Ohio State University’s marching band has a famous halftime show. Trombones chasing flutes all over the damn field.  Those kids have a great time. Bob Loblaw didn’t make the band. Every Marine you meet, no matter how long they’ve been out, are proud?  Semper Fi. Always loyal. Bob Loblaw was […]
February 8, 2016

Atlas Shrugged

If you are reading this and you don’t know what is meant by market share or labor cost or EBITDA or net income you need to learn them. Soon. Strong Dollar What does that mean? Anyone serious about a career should know what terms like this mean.  At least generally. It is […]
February 1, 2016

I think my way is better.

How do you like this gem? “Tell me about a time you had a difficult customer and what you did to turn the conversation?” Like that is a good interview question.  Hah! Scripted interview questions like that are HR psychobabble. The interviewer decides what is a good answer. Stilted and […]
January 25, 2016

Everything Before the “But” is Bullshit

Everything before the “But” is bullshit. Whatever is said before that critical word- BUT- can be entirely discounted. Your bullshit meter needs to be going off at least a bit. Maybe a lot. “But” announces the point that is trying to be made. Everything before the “but” is window dressing. […]
January 18, 2016

The Past Doesn’t Matter and the Future Doesn’t Exist. Yet.

This term was a voiceover prior to an NFL playoff game. As I heard it I shot up from an oh-so relaxed position on the couch. Googled it but no attribution. “The Past Doesn’t Matter”……nuance is important and in some ways that phrase is objectionable. We should not emulate Pontius Pilate […]