Leadership

The Power of Small Business Team Players

This weekend, the United States women’s soccer team defeated the Netherlands and won the Women’s World Cup final. This is the fourth time the U.S. women’s soccer team has won the World Cup, the first team to reach three consecutive finals. One of my favorite parts of watching any sporting event, from the Olympics to…

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Belief and Action Equals Passion

I believe that if you’re going to do something, you have to really commit to it. Whatever you do, give it the best of yourself, not just “enough.” A big part of that commitment is having great passion for whatever it is you’re doing. If you look around at the people giving business advice, you’ll…

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Are the Right People in Your Culture?

What kind of culture do you want to have in your workplace? Your culture will depend in large part on the people who are part of your business. During my time in the NFL, I saw this first hand. On game day in our locker room, if we had 39 All Pros and one total…

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Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

In 1989, the 101st Congress passed what is popularly called the Whistleblower Protection Act, designed to encourage federal workers to report violations of law or regulations, gross mismanagement, waste of funds, abuse of authority, or dangers to health or safety in the federal agencies in which they work. The act protects whistleblowers against retaliation for…

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Everybody Needs a Coach

Many of us underestimate the power of coaching. In sports, coaches make players better—as long as the player will listen to the coach. Why does it work? It’s because coaches have a vast experience of the sport that they’re playing, whether it’s an individual sport like golf or a team sport like football. Coaches can…

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Strive to Be Your Best Self

Your business is like a family: You need to create a culture of respect that makes everyone want to be their best self. My dad created—to use a business term—a very special culture in my family. It was a culture of respect, transparency, and kindness, of openness to people as they are. We didn’t yell…

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How to Achieve Peak Performance

I would have to think that most people are interested in peak performance, whether it be individually, as a team, or as a business. How do we, in the most stressful situations, perform at the highest level? I think this is one of the great challenges that we face in life. There is no question…

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How Asking Questions Leads to Success

I have often said that I have never had an original idea. I can’t speak for anyone else, but in my life everything I’ve learned has come from what I see, what I hear, and what I read. But above all, I like to learn from watching and listening, so I make a point of…

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6 Traits of a Great Leader

Great business leaders don’t merely reach their goals of achieving growth within an organization; they carry themselves in a way that garners the respect of those around them. By observing great leaders, we can gain a better understanding of what it takes to emulate their success. I’ve put together a list of 6 traits that…

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