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Cups, Captains, & Culture

It’s Ryder Cup week, and that can only mean one thing…plenty of people will be second guessing the decisions made by team captains Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn! A debate will rage over their decisions regarding their captain’s picks, partner selection, and of the culture in the “team room”. While the stakes might not seem as high for you, the decisions you make have an impact on the culture of every group you in which you are a member (workplace, family, friends, etc). In the workplace, culture creation is especially important because others will be making value judgements about the success of failure of your group. Possibly more importantly, the culture of teamwork that you create, or fail t

Gold, Goals & Grinding

46 years ago today, American swimmer Mark Spitz became the 1st competitor to win 7 gold medals at a single Olympic Games (setting 7 world records in the process!). While the world focused on the end results of those 7 amazing races; those results were produced by Mark’s dedication to all the hard, less than glamorous, unseen, and unnoticed work he did to prepare for those summer games in Munich. It’s that dedication to the grind that is the theme of this week’s message. How much time did Mark have to spend in the pool to prepare himself for those 7 races in 1972? According to him, he began swimming in a local swim club in 1956 at age 6 and swam competitively for the next 16 years (props to

 

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