First of all a teacher

April 07, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Teachingby Dan Oswald

Vince Lombardi once said, “I think coaching is teaching, see? So I don’t think there’s any difference whether you teach on the football field or whether you teach in the classroom. They’re both exactly the same. It’s a question of . . . a good teacher puts across what he wants to his pupils. Whether it’s done on a football field or whether it’s done in a classroom, it’s one and the same.”

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Learn important lessons from Lombardi’s eight-hour session

March 10, 2014 1 COMMENTS

Lombardiby Dan Oswald

Over the weekend, I was watching a piece on legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The documentary chronicled Lombardi’s life growing up in Brooklyn through his storied years as a championship coach with the Packers. As a Packers fan, I’ve read biographies on Lombardi and other books that have discussed the man and his abilities, but there was one story told in this piece that I had not heard before. The story was told by none other than John Madden, himself a Super Bowl champion coach and famed football broadcaster.

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Whom Would You Choose as Your Career Coach?

May 09, 2011 2 COMMENTS

The other day, a colleague sent me the results of a survey that says Americans would like to have Vince Lombardi or Oprah Winfrey as their coach. That got me thinking. It got me thinking about whom I would choose as my coach. Who should be in the running? What makes each an appealing choice?

I started my list with the two mentioned in the survey results and moved on from there.

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Words of Wisdom

September 24, 2010 4 COMMENTS

Each week, I sit down at my computer to write. Sometimes I’ve been tossing an idea around in my head for the better part of the week and the words just flow. Other times, I’m racking my brain for something I feel is worthy of writing about. In one of those moments when the latter was more true than the former, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea . . .

Instead of coming up with something intelligent or, God forbid, witty to say, why not just rely on what others, who are much more intelligent AND witty than I, have already said?

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3 Questions About Your Attitude Toward Your Job

November 13, 2009 0 COMMENTS

Do you have a passion for your work? I mean, do you really love what you do?

I was at a conference recently and one of the speakers really grabbed my attention. What he had to say was interesting but not earth-shattering. His presentation and speaking style were strong, but that’s still not what caught my attention. This guy was clearly passionate about what he did, and it came screaming through to everyone in the audience. Here was a guy who was having a blast, not because he was in front of a crowd of a couple hundred people but because he genuinely loved his work.

When someone is passionate about what they do, it shows. You can see it in their eyes. You can hear it in how they talk. You can even see it in the way they walk. I had a colleague so convinced of this last one that he claimed many of the prospective job candidates he interviewed had lost the job just on the basis of the walk back to his office. If they didn’t walk with purpose, if they couldn’t keep up when he led them down the hall, they had a big strike against them before the interview even started. People who are excited about what they do have an energy about them that’s contagious.

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