Pumping Iron: Not-Invented-Here

Pumping Iron: Not-Invented-Here Dr. Cory Dobbs The Academy for Sport Leadership www.sportleadership.com Today every student-athlete lifts weights.   But this hasn’t always been the norm.  If you look at the black-and-white photographs of athletes from the 1960’s you’ll see mostly underdeveloped physiques.  Weightlifting began on the fringes in the 60s, and mostly in the form of […]

How Positive and Negative Feedback Effect Motivation

Feedback is the backbone of coaching; it is essential for goal pursuit.  Feedback is necessary on successful and failed actions.  Feedback gives the student-athlete information on a number of levels.  It lets the athlete know where he or she is at in the development of the ability to perform a task.  It also lets the […]

When (Key) Players Clash

When (Key) Players Clash TURNING CONFLICT INTO STRENGTHJudas deceived Jesus. John chose Yoko over Paul, George, and Ringo. Shaq couldn’t stand Kobe. Steve Jobs was fired by John Scully, his hand-picked CEO. Aristotle rejected Plato’s theory of forms. Both the West Coast rapper Tupac and the East Coast legend The Notorious B.I.G. were killed as […]

What if Everything You Learned is Wrong?

“I want the truth!” “You can’t handle the truth!” So goes the memorable exchange between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men.  We, at least most of us, sympathize with Cruise’s character, a hotshot attorney,  going face-to-face with the hard-core lifer Colonel Nathan R. Jessep (Nicholson).  Cruise is relentless […]

Relationship Building: The Missing Ingredient?

Our success depends as much on our relationships with others as it does on our knowledge, skills, and abilities.  However, American culture teaches us to celebrate independence, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, self-interest, and self-determination.  Individualism is one of our core principles.  James Coleman, one of the most influential social scientists of our generation called individualism “a broadly […]