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The Importance of Gratitude

Sam Obitz / November 23rd, 2017 / No Comments »

I don’t know many people who would argue against the value of giving thanks, so on the surface it would appear that I am simply preaching to the choir here. It’s easy to be thankful for all the blessings we

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Professional Sports and Ivy League Schools

Sam Obitz / October 26th, 2017 / No Comments »

Many high school athletes pick a university based on the likelihood that the one they choose will enhance their chance of having a professional career. Similarly, many high school students pick a school based on the likelihood of it helping

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The Other Side of Fundamental Attribution Errors

Sam Obitz / September 28th, 2017 / No Comments »

I previously wrote about the problems of hiring people of high character and the danger of making the fundamental attribution error. In that article, I focused on how people of high character in one area are perceived as being of

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Signs of Trouble and Signs of Hope (in Teams)

Sam Obitz / August 31st, 2017 / No Comments »

I have worked with players and coaches of many teams that have undergone a regime change while I was working with them. As a result, I have been fortunate enough to have an inside view of many of the dynamics

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Answering a Coach’s Question about Excuses vs. Reasons

Sam Obitz / July 27th, 2017 / No Comments »

An assistant football coach who was mired in a difficult situation last fall, read my article entitled: The Choices You Make, Make You which was about the necessity of not falling into the trap of making excuses and learning to

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Time to Review a Couple of Always Relevant Blog Entries

Sam Obitz / June 29th, 2017 / No Comments »

Summer’s always a good time to look back and take time to review things, so here are two blogs (below) for you to read or re-read: Since football season is fast approaching and training camps will soon be opening, I

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You Have to First Know Who You Are to Lead Others

Sam Obitz / May 25th, 2017 / No Comments »

Have you ever had a coach or manager who you initially wanted to work or play for, but over time found it difficult to trust or believe in? You may have even really liked them, but you still could not

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Attitude and Peak Performance – Part 1

Sam Obitz / April 27th, 2017 / No Comments »

Many people wrongly assume that if they have the skills required to do the job, their attitude makes little or no difference. I look at someone with great ability and a bad attitude the same way I look at a

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Character Counts, But it Can Lead You Astray

Sam Obitz / March 30th, 2017 / No Comments »

Let me start by saying I place a high value on a person’s character. However, unlike like many coaches and executives I have worked with, I also understand that it is not as determinative as it is often portrayed to

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The Essential Ingredient for Teams to Perform at Their Peak

Sam Obitz / February 23rd, 2017 / No Comments »

What came to your mind first? Great leadership, cohesion, exceptional communication or perhaps respect for one another? Certainly, all of those components are required for a team to perform optimally, but none of those things are possible without TRUST. Without

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