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Forget Marie Kondo: Duke’s Zion Williamson Shows How To Spark Joy

Forget Marie Kondo: Duke's Zion Williamson Shows How To Spark Joy

For the last few weeks, the internet has been abuzz over a Netflix show called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. The premise of the show is simple—our lives are better when we’re surrounded by things that “spark joy.”

Well, pardon my French, but if you want to learn how to “spark joy”, then to hell with watching Marie Kondo.

Who you need to be watching is Duke’s Zion Williamson.

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Team Chemistry Declines When You Go “Palms Up” Like Boston’s Kyrie Irving

Sunday afternoon I found myself at a restaurant with my wife. Not a fancy restaurant, mind you, but the kind of place that has sports playing on large televisions. On the TV nearest our table was the Boston Celtics versus the Houston Rockets. Perfect Sunday afternoon NBA action.

Because the place was crowded, the volume was muted on the TV. As a result, I wasn’t able to hear the broadcasters analyze the game, but it didn’t matter.

What I saw spoke volumes.

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Golden State Warrior Steve Kerr’s Courtside Remark About Draymond Green: Here’s Why He’s Right

Imagine for a moment: you’re on a tight deadline at work. Much is on the line, and things have been trending against you for most of the project’s duration. Just as you start to make progress towards a solution, one of your teammates gets frustrated.

Like, really frustrated.

Suddenly, your teammate is venting to anyone who will listen about how unfair things are—calling out perceived slights by administrators, railing against a vendetta that only he feels. In an instant, the momentum is gone. The energy sapped. The camaraderie—and potential victory—lost. Most of us have experienced a moment where we’ve watched one person’s selfishness cost our team.

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Can You Handle The Truth? Learn From Georgia’s Tom Crean

Recently I had the chance to work with a company where one of their key divisions was going through a period of transition. The top two leaders of the division had departed, and despite the strong numbers the division posted, there was still a lot of chatter about what all the uncertainty meant for that part of the company.

I was there to talk about leadership and teamwork, so one of the team leaders asked me a candid question:

“What are we supposed to tell those who work for us about what’s going on?”

I thought about it for a moment, and then shared with them three pieces of advice.

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Don Yaeger - Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, 11-time New York Times best-selling author, leadership expert and executive coach.

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