Friday, August 30, 2019

Leading Narratives At The National Principal's Conference



Dan Spainhour's latest book Leading Narratives was used as a resource at the National Principal's conference in Boston. Many thanks to presenter Andrew Marotta @MarottaAndrew for including us!

About the book

 Leading Narratives is the latest book from Dan Spainhour. The book contains his collection of stories and parables that he has used during his 34 years as an athletic professional. Each story ends with a moral and lesson for leaders to impart to the people they are leading.




Dan Spainhour on the book

​​A huge part of my coaching foundation was formed when as a very young coach, I got the opportunity to work the Duke Basketball Camp. My first year was the summer following Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s third season at Duke which saw his team finish 11-17—his second consecutive losing season. At that time there were lots of rumblings about how long it was going to be before he was fired. I’m sure Coach felt pressure but he never showed it. On the last night of camp we always had a pizza party with Coach K. We sat around talking hoops, discussed coaching philosophy and there was always the occasional BS story thrown in. I distinctly remember Coach K saying that coaching is as much about choosing words as it is about coaching strategies. He said you must know your team and you must tell vivid stories—stories that not only make people think but make them feel the way you want them to feel. Little did I know that I was receiving advice from an hall-of-fame coach who would go on to become a legend and the winningest college basketball coach ever.

​I don’t think it is a coincidence that the greatest leaders teach with stories. I think everyone needs a good story to tell and thanks to Coach K, I became very interested in learning what parables or interesting stories I could use to teach lessons to my team. Here are some I have collected from 34 years in the business.  I will admit that some stories may be a little edgy and may not be considered “politically correct” by some but I chose to include all that I had in my collection. I hope no one is offended and that you enjoy them!
—Dan Spainhour, Winston Salem, NC, 2018





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Friday, August 23, 2019

In The September 2019 Issue of The Coaching and Leadership Journal


Here is some of what your will find in the September 2019 issue of the Coaching and Leadership Journal:
  • Leadership profile—Dave Clawson, Wake Forest Football
  • Labor day quotes for leaders
  • Dave Ramsey on lessons from football coaches
  • Ways to stay positive when you’re having a bad day
  • Takeaways from Jimmy Johnson
  • Persistent Tim (Brown)
  • Learning from Buck O’Neil
  • Get your butterflies into formation
  • Actually winners do quit
  • Learning from the World Cup champions
  • Move forward by feeling your disappointment 
  • Ways to recharge
  • And much more!
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Meet Laura Beeman A Coaching & Leadership Journal Subscriber


The 2019-20 season of the University of Hawaii women's basketball program will be the eighth season under head coach Laura Beeman. She and her staff have revitalized the program, leading the Rainbow Wahine to their first conference title since 1997-98 with the 2015 Big West regular season championship, and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 1998 following its 2016 Big West Tournament championship. Before reaching the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Hawaii advanced to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament in three-straight years from 2013-15, plus an additional appearance in 2019. Under Beeman’s reign, UH has notched four different national postseason appearances.

Laura picked up her 100th career victory at UH with a 59-54 win over Cal State Fullerton on February 8, 2018. While accomplishing career win No. 500 on Feb. 7th, 2019 in a 70-68 victory at UC Irvine. Prior to Hawaii she was at Southern California as the associate head coach under Michael Cooper where they re-established the Women of Troy as a PAC-12 power. Just this year she was inducted into the California Community College Hall of Fame for her time at Mt. San Antonio College.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

A Leadership Profile of Mike Martin In The August 2019 CLJ Issue


Mike Martin is the former head baseball coach of the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. Martin is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball. Upon the completion of his career, Martin had compiled a record of 2,029 wins, 736 losses and four ties over 40 seasons of collegiate coaching. On May 5, 2018, Martin reached 1,976 career wins, surpassing legendary coach Augie Garrido.

Along with Mike  you will also find much more in the August 2019 issue of The Coaching and Leadership Journal including:

  • World Cup Champion Jill Ellis and Mark Thompson, CEO of the NY Times talk leadership
  • Life changing lessons from Anne Frank
  • A body language checklist for public speaker
  • How to use your stature in your favor
  • The Secret and success
  • Sir Dave Brailsford and his 1% model
  • Learning from Stanley Cup winner, Craig Berube
  • Get hot without getting mad
  • Don’t be a spirit crusher
  • How to have healthy disagreements
  • The 3T’s of leadership
  • Jeff Bezos’ difference maker
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Friday, August 2, 2019

Jill Ellis and Mark Thompson Talk Leadership In The August Issue Of The Coaching and Leadership Journal

World Cup Champion Jill Ellis and Mark Thompson, CEO of the NY Times talk leadership
Along with Jill and Mark you will also find much more in the August 2019 issue of The Coaching and Leadership Journal including:
  • Life changing lessons from Anne Frank
  • A body language checklist for public speaker
  • How to use your stature in your favor
  • The Secret and success
  • Leadership profile—Mike Martin, FSU baseball
  • Sir Dave Brailsford and his 1% model
  • Learning from Stanley Cup winner, Craig Berube
  • Get hot without getting mad
  • Don’t be a spirit crusher
  • How to have healthy disagreements
  • The 3T’s of leadership
  • Jeff Bezos’ difference maker
  • And More!
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