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Coaches Corner: Kelly Sheffield via @Coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted April 14, 2014 at 10:21pm

source I’m excited to start a new series called Coaches Corner.  I’ve had the idea to connect with my fellow coaches in a meaningful way for a while now.  I finally decided to go for it.  I put my list of coaches I’d like...more

Compilation Of Knowledge From Coaching Legends via @Coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted April 11, 2014 at 7:11pm

source I had some fun during March Madness.  I wrote a bunch of articles based on the thoughts of basketball coaching giants.  Check them out and learn from the masters. The John Wooden series: John Wooden won ten national championships in twe...more

7 Championship Quotes
by Total Female Hockey Club
posted April 10, 2014 at 9:47pm

The Provincial Championships start today for all the girls hockey teams who qualified in Ontario, so I thought it would be a perfect time to send out a few motivational “Championship” quotes to get players, coaches and families fired up for th...more

5 Steps to Building an Unshakable Team
by womenwhocoach
posted April 10, 2014 at 11:24am

Take the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni and turn those team breakers into team builders...more

The Two Sides Of Every Coach via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted April 9, 2014 at 9:46pm

source Over the years, the image of VanDerveer has taken two forms, one warm and engaging, one not so much.  Her defining yin and yang appears to be toughness and tenderness. She demonstrates the former as needed; it’s the latter that people c...more

Is Your Best Athlete Your Best Leader? via @Coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted April 7, 2014 at 7:36pm

source When your best players are your hardest workers, you have the chance to be very good. —Tara VanDerveer When your best players aren’t vocal leaders.  This is a common problem.  I don’t know how many times I’ve com...more

How To Teach Leadership via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted April 2, 2014 at 10:23pm

source Leadership is really a form of temporary authority that others grant you, and they only follow you if they find you consistently credible. It’s all about perception—and if teammates find you the least bit inconsistent, moody, unpredict...more

Women Lead Differently
by womenwhocoach
posted April 2, 2014 at 5:35pm

Women tend to adopt inclusive leadership styles. They are solution-oriented. They get things done! Women understand, appreciate, and identify with those around them....more

Using Feedback As Motivation via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 31, 2014 at 9:56pm

source In the absence of feedback, people will fill in the blanks with a negative. They will assume you don’t care about them or don’t like them.—Pat Summitt Try this experiment with your team.  As players migrate in at the beginn...more

On The Value Of Hard Work via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 29, 2014 at 10:11am

source There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.—Coach K The other day, I was speaking to another coach about her season and the different approach she decided to take with her team.  She said instead of yelling or punishi...more

Creating A Connected Culture via @Coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 26, 2014 at 9:23pm

source When members of a group of any size, from a basketball team to a business organization, share a vision that makes them feel proud, feel valued, and feel that they have a voice to express their ideas and opinions, it c...more

5 Qualities That Make Every Team Great via @CoachDawnWrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 24, 2014 at 10:11pm

source “There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them...more

When Will You Feel Successful As A Coach? via @CoachDawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 22, 2014 at 1:25pm

source Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.—John Wooden This will be a short one today, but (I think) a good one. I was talking to a co...more

The Pressure Of Winning via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 19, 2014 at 10:11pm

source Never mention winning. My idea is that you can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored. I used to say that when a game is over, and you see somebody that didn’t know the outcome, I hope they cou...more

What Guarantees Success At The Next Level
by Total Female Hockey Club
posted March 19, 2014 at 9:59pm

With only a few short weeks left in the playoff season here in Ontario, and tryouts just around the corner, many of us have already started to think about next season. So I wanted to share a little bit of advice for those of you who are moving up a level...more

Be a beta tester for a new leadership program for women who coach
by womenwhocoach
posted March 18, 2014 at 4:25pm

Be a BETA Tester for a new leadership program for women who coach: L.E.A.D. from your Heartâ„¢ program for coaches...more

Leading With Integrity via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 16, 2014 at 10:29am

source Your reputation is what you are perceived to be; your character is what you really are.—John Wooden In a perfect world, our reputation and our character would be the same thing…or at least similar.  I’m sure we can all agr...more

What matters most is how you see yourself - L.E.A.D. from your Heartâ„¢
by womenwhocoach
posted March 13, 2014 at 9:07pm

What matters most is how you see yourself - L.E.A.D. from your Heartâ„¢...more

What to do when you are overwhelmed?
by womenwhocoach
posted March 12, 2014 at 2:16pm

#Overcommitted? How does no sound? #PracticeSayingNo...more

Leadership for Women Who Coach
by womenwhocoach
posted March 11, 2014 at 12:12pm

Can you learn how to become a better leader? Absolutely! This 7-part series will teach you how....more

Conflict Should Not Be Taboo via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 10, 2014 at 9:58pm

source In a great post, When Ideas Collide, Don’t Duck, a CEO talks about creating an environment where conflict is seen as a good thing. As I processed what he discussed regarding conflict, I thought about the number of times I’ve heard pla...more

Leaving A Legacy Through Coaching via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 8, 2014 at 8:53am

source “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I took that quotation from Leadership Freak&r...more

3 Things Great Leaders Are Doing Today
by womenwhocoach
posted March 7, 2014 at 8:29pm

Why are we spending more money on leadership training today yet the gaps are widening? Are we focusing on too much?...more

by womenwhocoach
posted March 5, 2014 at 6:19pm

In our busy world where everyone seems to be racing to do more, work more, get more, achieve more...when will things stop? Just what is the breaking point?...more

How To Have A Difficult Conversation With A Player via @coachdawnwrites
by Coach Dawn Writes
posted March 3, 2014 at 7:00pm

source Whether you’ve got a player who has been slacking off in the weight room, not getting it done and about to lose their starting spot, or who is being an awful human being toward a teammate, sometimes coaching requires us to have tough convers...more

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