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    Based on 2,500+ interviews, Don shares the habits of high performing individuals that
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    Crown Capitol

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    Software One

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    Vice President, Software One

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    "I have no interest in sports, but this was not a sports speech. I have been watching and grading speeches for 30 years and this was one of the most poignant human interest and motivational speeches I have ever heard."

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    Enterprise Holdings

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    Alabama Pharmacy Association

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    Chevron™

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    Chief Executive Officer, Floor & Decor

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    Florida Sherriff's Association

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    Executive Director, Florida Sherriff's Association

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    West Point Military Academy

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    West Point Military Academy

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    Microsoft™

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    Director Microsoft U.S. SMB Channel Marketing

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    John Deer

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    Microsoft™

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    Sr. Director, U.S. SMB Channel Group, Microsoft Corporation

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    Chevron™

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    Hewlette Packard

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    Crown Capitol

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Don’s Latest Articles on Forbes

Lessons learned from the world of sports that enhance business leadership.

Great Teams Always Do Common Things Uncommonly Well

Everyone wants success rapidly. In our culture of instant gratification, waiting simply isn’t an option for many people. Dayton Moore, general manager of the red-hot Kansas City Royals, knew that he could not transform his once failing ball club overnight…but that the key to long-term success lay in clearly communicating his vision.

Recently, I sat down with Moore to discuss the release of his new book More Than a Season: Building A Championship Culture and talk about the culture of his Royals organization, developing talent, and patiently enduring losses before winning begins. As Major League Baseball prepares for next week’s All-Star game, the fruit of Moore’s labor will be evident on the field, where four starters for the American League will wear Kansas City blue.

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The Great Ones Play The Clock, Not The Score

Tonight is the 2015 NBA Draft. A handful of young men—and maybe a few basketball teams—will see their futures change dramatically over the course of a few hours. The players who will be selected have been prodded, measured, and analyzed. Sports pundits covering the draft will likely focus on the high-flying athleticism of the best draft potentials, but may overlook a key characteristic of in-game success: tenacity. I was reminded of this lesson 30,000 feet above ground—far from the sidelines of any basketball court.

While sitting on an airplane on the way to a speech recently, I struck up a conversation with the gentleman in the next seat. Randomly, I discovered that he’d heard me speak twice while he was in college, once while playing basketball for Arkansas and again after he’d transferred to Florida State. He told me that he was now in the scouting department for the Atlanta Hawks and routinely traveled the country in search of the next great player for his organization.

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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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