• The Science Of Workplace Morale

    May 19th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Business

    In this recent article at Forbes.com, author Rob Asghar writes about the science of workplace morale — A Happy Office is a Serious Business.

    From the article: “Relationships are the medium through which the best work gets done,” says John Gaspari, a licensed clinical worker in Los Angeles who advises large organizations about employee morale and workplace issues.

    Gaspari cites the work of neuroscience pioneers such as Daniel Siegel, who has observed that the brain is a “social organ,” for which happy relationships aren’t simply a luxury but “an essential nutrient for our survival.”

    “Work is a fundamental organizing element in people’s lives,” Gaspari says. “It provides not just extrinsic rewards like a paycheck or benefits, … Read More

  • 7 Characteristics of the Relationship-Driven Coach

    May 15th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Business

    Here is a fantastic article via Rod Olson at Stack.com. The following is borrowed from that piece:

    Pete Carroll, head coach of the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks, is a prime example of a coach who isn’t afraid to build personal relationships with his players, and not just on a surface level. Carroll is truly committed to making his players feel cared about and loved.

    These qualities are important for developing professional athletes and student-athletes at all levels.

    1. They See Themselves as Mentors, Not Just Coaches

    They not only coach the technical and tactical aspects of the game, they also focus on developing the whole person. Mentors seek to have lifelong relationships. They are relational and they hold their … Read More

  • Seahawks send out unique brochure to the agents of potential undrafted players

    May 7th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Uncategorized

    Via Sports Illustrated, The Seattle Seahawks released a new recruiting brochure, if you will, on Tuesday designated to the potential undrafted free agents in the 2014 draft class.

    “We wholeheartedly believe in competition in all aspects of our program, and the only way to compete is to show it on the field”, Carroll says in the opening page. “We’re dedicated to giving all of our players a look to find out who they are and what they’re all about so we can field the best team possible.”

    Known for a long time as a player developer and as a coach who maximizes the ability of a team, Carroll’s brochure points out  “It’s not how you are acquired Read More

  • 6 Ways to Foster More Happiness in the Workplace

    April 21st, 2014 | BY: | IN: Business

    Happy employees are more productive, more creative and less likely to leave, says Entrepreneur.com. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to create a fun environment at your workplace. If you embody your ideal corporate culture and integrate joy and laughter into your daily routine, your employees will follow.

    In this article, Jacqueline Whitmore details six ways to foster more happiness in the workplace.

    1. Lead by example. Your employees will follow your lead when it comes to corporate culture and behavior. Be open about your past mistakes and learning moments. Add a little self-deprecating humor when it’s appropriate to help your employees view you as human and approachable. When staff members feel joyful, they’re more motivated and produce Read More

  • How To Motivate People: 4 Steps Backed By Science

    April 18th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Motivation

    Motivation is powerful, says TIME. It predicts success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.

    In this recent article via TIME.com, writer Eric Barker shows the four steps (backed by science) on how to motivate people. The following excerpts are taken from Barker’s article.

    1) Stop Bribing Them

    • Rewards just motivate people to get rewards.
    • When the rewards go away, people stop.
    • And if you want anything other than basic manual labor — if you want creative work or analytical work — rewards can actually backfire.

    2) Make Them Feel Something

    • Focus on emotions. Knowing something isn’t enough to cause change. Make people (or yourself) feel something.
    • You must change individual behavior by addressing employee feelings.

    3) Emphasize Read More

  • Carroll Succeeding by Staying Young to Relate to Players

    April 7th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Features

    “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind.”

    A recent post from Bleacher Report shows the importance of Coach Pete Carroll and how he relates to players. Nevermind his age (the second oldest head coach in the NFL), “Carroll’s youthful approach to coaching has buoyed him at a stage in life when many of his contemporaries are too tired just to tread water.”

    How does he do it?

    “I always think something good is about to happen,” Carroll said. “It’s a general way of looking at the world. I’ve never looked at games and challenges like it’s going to go bad, it’s not going to work out. I don’t see it that way. I think … Read More

  • Ellen Langer on Mindfulness

    April 7th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Business

    In this article from the Harvard Magazine, psychologist Ellen Langer has learned of the art of mindfulness and the impact it can have on people’s lives. Below are some of the most powerful quotes found in the article that show the true importance of what mindfulness is:

    “Wherever you put the mind, the body will follow.”

    “It is not our physical state that limits us; it is our mindset about our own limits, our perceptions, that draws the lines in the sand.”

    “Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things, relinquishing preconceived mindsets, and then acting on the new observations.”

    “Men who changed their perspective changed their bodies.”

    “The more we adhere to labels and categories, the less … Read More

  • Pete Carroll’s Master Plan

    March 26th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Coach

    Sports Illustrated’s MMQB (by Robert Klemko) published a piece on what exactly Coach Pete Carroll’s plan is for the upcoming season and beyond, fresh off wining the first-ever Super Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks.

    The point of the article asks if Carroll’s message changes for a guy who lives by the motto, Win Forever?  

    The answer, following the advice of the late great John Wooden, is no. “You either have your philosophy or you don’t,” Carroll told Robert Klemko. “You stay with what you believe in, you bring it to light as creative as you can. The philosophy never changes—sometimes the look of it changes, because the players change. The players will become more in tune to what’s expected of … Read More

  • Pete Carroll at We Day Seattle

    March 21st, 2014 | BY: | IN: Coach

    Pete Carroll was on the stage at We Day Seattle, again. In talking about the success of the Seattle Seahawks, he had some very powerful quotes to offer up to the thousands of youth members in attendance.

    “We set our minds on a vision to get us there.”

    “We had a clear thought to be the best in the world, the only way to do it was one day at a time.”

    “Day after day they were committed to being the best they could possibly be.”

    “This room can do so much, you have so much power.”

    “There’s a method to it, if you can stay connected to that vision, there’s nothing that you can’t do, you can be world Read More

  • The Neuroscience of Good Coaching

    March 20th, 2014 | BY: | IN: Uncategorized

    We stumbled on an article from Greater Good – The Science of a Meaningful Life, written by Marshall Moore.

    The article shows that new research suggests how to coach–and be coached–more effectively.

    Similar to the WinForever approach, this new research suggests that nurturing a student’s “strengths, aspirations for the future and goals for personal growth” is much more beneficial than targeting a weakness.

    This “more positive approach might help people visualize a better future for themselves,” says Moore. “And provide the social-emotional tools to help them realize their vision.”

    A study with a positive and negative interviewers shows that the positive interviewer inspired students and “fostered feelings of hope far more effectively than the negative interviewer.”

    The study … Read More

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