Bridging the gap from coaching soccer to coaching business

01.18.2017

In the first week of January, I attended an intense residency program for soccer coaching, earning a National Diploma by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). I was one of only 2 people there who weren’t paid or full-time paid coaches. As with anything I do, I want to continue to learn and […]

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Some key ideas to support your New Year’s Resolution

01.01.2017

New Year’s Resolutions come and go. But if you truly have strong intentions, you have to move beyond the resolution and convert them to goals, backed up by actions and systems. Here are a few key reads to help get you started: Forget the New Year’s Resolution How did you spend the first week of […]

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Effort is grossly underrated

12.12.2016

I couldn’t possibly count how many times entrepreneurs that want my advice proceed to tell me that they can’t share their actual idea because they want to keep it a secret. Why? They think that the idea is worth a ton. Bullshit! I have a ton of great ideas too – teach every inner city […]

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Lessons from the Road: Making Oobeya Work

12.07.2016

It’s hard to sound more jargony (yes, I made up that word) than oobeya, but its functionality for improving communication and collaboration for teams is unparalleled. And so, after IndustryWeek’s Jill Jusko described it in Obeya: The Brain of the Lean Enterprise, that opened the door for me to cover it in my Lessons from […]

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Where’s your lean team? [Lessons from the Road]

10.05.2016

This year, for my Industry Week column, I’ve tried to take on topics that may have many people disagreeing with me. It is one way to move the conversation. This is a topic that isn’t controversial as much as it is political and messy: where in the organization should I position my lean team? There […]

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Observations from the Lean Product Development Exchange

10.03.2016

Last week I did a keynote for the Lean Product Development Exchange, and wanted to talk this opportunity to share some observations and learnings… • The official name is the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange. It really doesn’t seem to be about process development at all. Yes, people take their teaching points through to […]

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Want to hear what I have to say?

09.23.2016

Maybe you don’t, but I presume you wouldn’t be reading this otherwise. Here are some of the upcoming opportunities to engage with me and hear some of what I have to say. Lean Product and Process Development Exchange, September 25th, Philadelphia, PA I was a keynote speaker and the very first LPPDE. This year, the […]

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The 5 Frequencies of Leadership, and how I apply them to coaching soccer

09.20.2016

I recently had the opportunity to give a speech for a different audience that I’m used to – the Centennial National Convention for the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. The majority of the audience were university undergraduates, either in leadership roles at their sorority or planning to take leadership roles. As I was planning on talking […]

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My contribution for Practicing Lean

09.06.2016

Mark Graban has been editing a book titled Practicing Lean: Learning How to Learn to Get Better…Better. I recently wrote a chapter which I have included below for everyone’s reading, but I recommended you pick up the book. The proceeds benefit the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation. Here is my chapter: What’s wrong with […]

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My latest podcast with Mark Graban

08.31.2016

It has been far too long since I’ve recorded a podcast with my friend Mark Graban, as this short history from his post indicates: Jamie was previously a guest on episodes #5, #6, #10, #50 (where he interviewed me), and #64. We were long overdue for another one. This episode is intentionally more conversational than […]

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