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  • Flash or fire: what is your game built on?

    The preceding post, in which I wrote of Michael Jordan’s work ethic and constant will to prepare and improve, caused me to think back to a remarkable Nike commercial from the 1990s. It is indeed exceedingly rare that I find anything in a television advertisement that reaches viewers on a philosophical plane and strives to impart a valuable life lesson.

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  • Nobody is a natural born scorer

    This week, I continue to focus on some interesting client activity and board meetings in New York and Boston. Nonetheless, I have been able to catch a bit of the football (soccer to Americans) World Cup—not much the matches themselves, but at least a half-hour highlight show most evenings. On one of these occasions, I listened to four commentators analyze

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  • Keep walking…… and stay on the path

    Thinking these past weeks about the “will to prepare” concept has reminded me of an incident I wrote about approximately one year ago. The event I reference here was a small but perhaps significant coincidence that happened in June 2017, at the end of a busy three-day speaking tour in Lima, Peru. After my final engagement—a half-day executive seminar at

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  • Why the desire to prepare is key to learning any complex task

    My last post, about Bob Knight and the desire to prepare versus the desire to win, drew a number of reactions that surprised me. One faithful reader, for example, commented that it was one of her favorite pieces ever. What surprised me in her particular case was that this is a woman who has little interest in basketball, or sport

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  • The will to prepare is more crucial than the will to win

    Many years ago, when I was a high school basketball coach, I taught at a summer camp where legendary coach Bobby Knight was invited to speak. At that time, Knight was truly an icon in the trade. One of his teams at Indiana University had recently won the national collegiate championship, the pinnacle of his profession. He was known as

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  • How to avoid slipping back into old habits

    This week, I am back with my favorite New York client once again, so their corporate storytelling is top of mind, for them as well as for me. A few days ago, I invited the firm’s CEO to a Stanford alumni event in the city, where one of my former professors was discussing the advantages of public funding for a

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