Leadership: Be a Good Human
What do you really want to do?
One of my former assistant coaches recently called to share a great story with me. As we talked about her story we discovered that it resonated with what we both believe about being a good leader.
My friend now works with aging adults, many of whom are struggling with memory loss.
The conversation started something like this …
I answered the phone, “hello?”
“Heyyyy! Is this Molly Grisham!?!” The voice on the other end spoke as if we were long lost best friends who had finally reconnected after many years of being apart.
Take Care of the Corners
I have a friend who has experienced several difficult years in a row, in fact, it might be closer to a decade of struggles. During this season of life, she shifted into survival mode, but now she is beginning to find herself and is moving toward a healthier place.
Endings & Beginnings
Due to my work, I fly a lot. I have my packing and travel day routines down to a science and I know what I need to do to be at my best when I’m traveling.
Creating success; micro choices
Years ago I was recruiting a talented soccer player. I had watched her play many times and we had developed a good relationship. All of my interactions with her led me to believe she was exactly the kind of person I wanted to coach.
The strength of teams
I like to workout, but I really like working out at night; I sleep better, I clear my head from a full day, and there aren’t too many people at the gym. I should also share that I LOVE doing cardio workouts! My gym has a lot of cardio options and I feel so alive when I do 60 minutes of cardio.
Dear soccer Mom ...
I am currently working with a team that is in a tough position; an epic plague has all but hit this team! You name the injury, illness, or bizarre twist of fate and odds are it applies to this team. Players are being asked to play different positions,
Leaders: How can I help?
It was a beautiful October day and my schedule that afternoon was wide open. I made the easy decision to attend a local NCAA women’s soccer game. I know the coaches of both teams so it was a great opportunity to support a couple of former colleagues.
Leadership: Jack Pine
In my work with teams I am amazed at how often a participant will make a comment in a group setting that strikes me to the core. Recently, there were two particular experiences with two very different groups that stayed with me long after the sessions ended.
I recently learned an interesting fact about the Jack Pine. This type of Pine tree produces a specific cone called the serotinous cone. These cones are unique because they need a heat element in order to reproduce. Each cone will stay on a tree for several years before dropping to
Second Year Syndrome
The month of August was a very busy time for me. With many college teams returning to campus for preseason I found myself crossing times zones as I worked with soccer, rugby, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and field hockey teams. It simply wasn't possible for me to say yes to every preseason invitation but the truth is preseason is not the only option for teambuilding.
Leadership: "I'll gladly go in the middle."
If you aren't familiar with the term Second Year Syndrome, let me introduce you to a phrase that is very present in my world when working with college athletic teams. While there are many reasons a coach may bring me in to work with their team, one reason is Second Year Syndrome.
Can good leaders make bad decisions?
I could tell as soon as they walked in the room that this was going to be a fun group to work with. My task for the afternoon was to take a corporate leadership team of about 40 people through some team building activities. As I stood before the group I explained that our session would
Goldfish and Leadership
In the In the last week I’ve had several people reach out with an underlying common question; can good leaders make bad decisions? The conversations have been broached by leaders who have made what they believe to be a bad decision and in turn, are questioning their own ability to lead, as last week I’ve
Make today special ...
Recently I was doing some research about the process of transferring goldfish from a bag to an aquarium. I should state that I do not own any goldfish nor do I have plans to purchase a fish tank! However, what I read got me thinking about how this also applies to leadership.
How deep are your roots?
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Missouri Special Olympics. My job was to help at the award station. There were about 20 of us assigned to this station. We were all from different backgrounds and different walks of life. We represented several generations and to my
Calluses, scars & dirt …
When I was a kid there was a tree in our front year. I used to race home from elementary school to climb that tree. I wanted to see just how high I could climb. I loved to push my luck as I inched dangerously higher and higher than the day before. As a kid, it was all about how high I could
I recently had the opportunity to speak at a convention for soccer coaches. While I was excited about speaking I was also really looking forward to some one-on-one conversations that I had scheduled. I was purposefully using my downtime to connect with some really good people.