I can count on two hands the number of NFL players I know who still have their money. According to Sports Illustrated,1 two years after retiring, three-quarters of NFL players are broke (or nearly), and five years after retiring, more than half of former NBA players are in the same rudderless boat.
First, it was a veteran testing my tolerance for hazing. Fistfight. Then defensive players with an extra push in practice? Fistfight.
Over the years, I’ve seen three key ways that accomplished leaders inspired and pulled their whole team together, gaining focus and function. As a team member, I’ve also experienced how breaking these three rules can break your team, losing you respect and influence and making your team unproductive.
Here are five ways I’ve seen winning teams improve employee engagement. Use these ideas at your company to boost your team’s productivity.
Who is going to sign somebody with three back surgeries? No one. My career was over.
The coach made one poor decision and we lost the game. Then we lost 13 more. That “one poor decision” the coach made is what we call nut-cutting time. In three specific plays our coach tried to do too much. As a team we knew we couldn’t make it happen — not because we didn’t…
There’s something to be said when we arrive at a conclusion all by ourselves. When someone gives us a piece of advice, we may or may not take it. But if we can think and feel the information ourselves, we can incorporate it into our lives.
He put both fists on my chest and drove me back towards the quarterback. F*ck. I messed up and it was my fault. A player from the other team had given me a bull rush in the last preseason game of the year. All of a sudden — WHAM! — my guard comes and knocks…
Goals are infectious in the best way possible.