Podcast Of The Week: Rocky Horror Comfort

I managed to move and get COVID in December - so the podcast time and brain power was pretty lacking. On the times I did throw a podcast on, I found myself reaching for my comfort categories.  An old favorite feed to check in on is Stuff You Should Know.  SYSK did a Rocky Horror … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Rocky Horror Comfort

Lizzo’s People’s Choice Awards Speech

When Lizzo gets a People’s Choice award, she doesn’t just accept it. She turns it into a point about not needing a trophy - and using her power to elevate others.  I love this sentiment. Here’s some snippets of quotes, but watch the whole thing. Then go champion somebody you can help.  Imma be honest, … Continue reading Lizzo’s People’s Choice Awards Speech

Disney Park Character Training

I was talking to a friend putting together a memory book of trips to Disney World for her kids. She highlighted how the characters sign autographs and how the kids had multiple autographs of characters from multiple visits that were all the same.  That’s some serious character training.  Businesses that can capture the right vibe … Continue reading Disney Park Character Training

The Reverse Five-Dollar Shake Test

There’s a scene in Pulp Fiction where John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s characters are sitting in a restaurant booth, talking about “uncomfortable silences.”  The one-way conversation from Thurman goes, Don't you hate that? Uncomfortable silences.  Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bulls*** in order to be comfortable?  That's when you know you've … Continue reading The Reverse Five-Dollar Shake Test

Podcast Of The Week: Dr. Marcia Reynolds On Coaching, Culture, And Crossroads

Dr. Marci Reynolds was the 5th global president of the International Coach Federation and currently is a director on the board. She bleeds coaching. Listen to her in this conversation with Michael Bungay Stanier talk about how she ended up on her journey, and what she still is working on getting better at. I'm inspired. … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Dr. Marcia Reynolds On Coaching, Culture, And Crossroads

When Experience Ceases To Help

Something I’ve experienced firsthand AND witnessed multiple other times within organizatoins is the “experienced” card.  Sometimes its valid. Years of work can lead to a strong gut-intuition that senses what’s what.  However, sometimes its invalid too. The mental barrier of “this is the way we’ve always done it” can end up being the wall the … Continue reading When Experience Ceases To Help

Coaching Great Players (Jesse Marsch on Tyler Adams)

Here’s a quote from Leeds United coach Jesse Marsch, on his player (and current USMNT captain) Tyler Adams. It’s about helping talented people do their best work, and it just might bring a lump to your throat too.  Find people of outstanding character who know who they are, and who they want to be. Invest … Continue reading Coaching Great Players (Jesse Marsch on Tyler Adams)

The US Ragamuffins: 1950s World Cup (Almost) Glory

Soccer, in America, was a game for immigrants, played by immigrants. So it was no surprise the 1950 US Men’s National Team was mostly first and second-generation Americans. It’s also not surprising that they had no “true” professional experience playing in the states, where quasi-local amateur leagues were the most competitive option. And yet, this … Continue reading The US Ragamuffins: 1950s World Cup (Almost) Glory