Posts Tagged ‘team’
Don Yaeger, Experts - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 9:30 - 0 Comments
Many of my best days these days, at least professionally, involve getting the chance to talk about the 16 consistent Characteristics of Greatness I’ve witnessed in great winners. This past month alone, my speaking engagements included travel to Los Angeles, Louisville, Costa Rica, and Puerto Vallarta. However, there’s one date on the calendar that ranked higher than all else. A tiny adjustment to my schedule allowed for a coast-to-coast flight, a dynamic lesson about Greatness, and a memory that will resonate with me for the rest of my life. I was able to make it to my four-year-old son Will’s final T-ball game of the season. There was no way I was going to miss that!
This is a team with so many young characters and concepts of baseball that the only thing uniform about it might actually be the black and orange team uniform. When the season began, there were kids who would make contact with the ball and cheer instead of running to first base. There were kids who knew to run after hitting the baseball, but didn’t realize that third base wasn’t the desired option. My son Will—normally dressed in his team jersey with his cap pulled down over his eyes –soaked in all the antics of his teammates.
He also witnessed a remarkable head coach by the name of J.R. Long. Coach Long is actually a Tallahassee real estate guy who took up the challenge of teaching young four- and five-year-olds how to play baseball. I was impressed, but it went deeper than his patience and ability to deal with the challenges of a baseball team rich with young emotions. At the end of every game, Coach Long gathered the team together in a circle. Sometimes it was on the infield dirt; other times it was near the benches. It was during this postgame circle that Will’s T-ball experience went from good to Great. Continue…
- Five People You Need On Your Dream Team
The NBA Finals are some of the highest-rated games yet. The young, fast Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, take on superstars Dwyane Wade & Lebron James from the Miami Heat. While these stars get the media attention, basketball is a team sport and the winning team will get a big contribution from [...]
- High-Fiving Your Way to a Championship
With the NBA playoffs in full bloom, I’m looking for something a little different as I try to assess who might win this year’s title. I’m looking for high fives, butt pats and chest bumps. During last year’s championships, The Wall Street Journal wrote about a study done by researchers at Cal-Berkeley. The VERY academic [...]
- Peyton’s Place: How One Person Can Elevate A Team
I’m sad to see it end, but so glad it was handled with such class. Last week, the incomparable Peyton Manning, after sitting out a year with injury, was released by the Indianapolis Colts. His exit press conference, with the team owner that was cutting him standing just feet away, should be the standard for [...]
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