I believe in Tom Izzo and Santa – It must be March

 I love March Madness. I don’t love the way the non-basketball committee chooses and seeds the teams, but I love the promise of the underdog, the Cinderella story and the grit and determination of a small group of leaders of young men that are the elite college coaches.

Tom Izzo is one of those leaders that helps to shape the character of his players, and his record of getting his players who stick with him for four years to a final four is un-matched. He keeps his teams focused on hard work, practice and preparation. His Speeches to his teams over the years are classics – “Just give me two hours, and you’re going to have 50, 60, 70 years of memories,” Izzo said. “Two hours, can you sacrifice, and reach down and give me two hours, so that you can have a lifetime of memories for you, your family, your kids and your kids’ kids? That’s the memories I’m talking about!”

As I re-read this article from TechCrunch it serves as a reminder that leaders need to understand what they ask of their teams and how you motivate your players comes from that depth of understanding and the experience that you bring to bear.

Like Player Coaches, Tech CTOs should know how to code

Obama and rain – what to look for at SXSWi

cropped-shutterstock_156983735.jpgSXSWi has been growing and getting more crowded. This year with construction, rain and President Obama speaking in a few hours from now being in traffic will be like sitting in a house by the side of the road, as Ernie Harwell used to say about batters looking at a pitch.

There’s the usual companies that go overboard with their lounges and parties, and expect to see a much larger international component this year: http://www.sxsw.com/interactive

Here’s the best overall guide to VR and Unicorns this year: http://mashable.com/2016/03/08/sxsw-interactive-2016-what-to-expect/#OLTQZrhma5q3

And, if you stay for the music – make sure to check out The Guardians insiders guide: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/08/sxsw-south-by-southwest-insiders-guide-2016

Skills we need to teach our kids

shutterstock_288233360Teaching our children to be intellectually curious, ask well formed questions and show an interest in the speaker or teacher could save our country. It’s generally understood that people who ask questions are considered more intelligent and engaged.

Most companies hold brainstorming sessions that identify solutions, but Hal Gregersen, executive director of the MIT Leadership Center and coauthor of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, suggests holding “question-storming” sessions that think of nothing but questions about a problem for a given period of time.



Remember to breathe


Finding ways to win at work and succeed at life (Michael Hyatt) remains elusive to many of us. I haven’t been on a fishing trip in years and, as odd as it sounds, it feels as if there’s a hole that needs filling in my soul.

Whether it’s finding a way to meditate each day (Meditation Tips for Lazy People) playing the Ukulele, or whatever that third thing is for you, this is the time and this is the year.

Read more on the 9 reasons you need to go fishing.