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Become Someone Worth Following: New Cubs’ Manager David Ross Shows Us How To Go from Teammate To Team Leader

Become Someone Worth Following: New Cubs’ Manager David Ross Shows Us How To Go from Teammate To Team Leader

When you write a book with someone, it’s kind of hard not to become a devoted admirer. I’ve partnered with some amazing people in my career, and I’ve come away with some relationships that I’ll always treasure.

And then there’s David Ross.

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Feel the Heat: Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, And The Washington Redskins’ Dumpster Fire Culture

I travel sometimes for work, which means I spend a lot of time in airplane seats next to people I don’t know. I go out of my way to be a good seatmate—I’m polite, I share the armrest, and I go out of my way not to do spit takes at ridiculous sports stories I read.

I failed at that last one Tuesday night.

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Hear The Roar: The New Zealand All Blacks, The Haka, And How You Can Rewrite Your Team’s Mission When Culture Goes Stale

Hear The Roar: The New Zealand All Blacks, The Haka, And How You Can Rewrite Your Team’s Mission When Culture Goes Stale

Not sure how you’d answer, but when someone calls me and offers me the chance to fly 17 hours across the globe to learn from the most bad-ass sports team on the planet, I say, “YES!” and then jump on a plane.

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You Are Worth It: Kyle Carpenter On Grenades, Marathons, Marine Service, And Taking Advantage Of Your “Bonus” Days

You Are Worth It: Kyle Carpenter On Grenades, Marathons, Marine Service, And Taking Advantage Of Your “Bonus” Days

It seems fitting, after a weekend that saw Eliud Kipchoge break the 2-hour mark for a marathon, that I’m writing about one of my favorite marathoners. You might have heard of him, but he’s not famous for his running.

He’s more famous for his diving.

Kyle Carpenter is the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor in history, but what earned him the medal was his brave decision to dive on an enemy grenade that landed between him and his best friend during a mission in Marjah, Afghanistan in November 2010.

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Now Hear This: Joe Maddon, Clint Hurdle, And An Honest Discussion About A Leadership Voice Growing Tired

Now Hear This: Joe Maddon, Clint Hurdle, And An Honest Discussion About A Leadership Voice Growing Tired

As Major League Baseball prepares for the opening of the Divisional Playoffs, the excitement of October baseball is settling in. For fans of the game, it’s time to turn the page on the regular season and look forward to the march to World Series.

But there are other fans who have their attention elsewhere. Just after the season came to a close, the four teams with the longest tenured managers—the Chicago Cubs, the Kansas City Royals, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants—all began searching for new leaders. Each will have a new voice in the dugout for the 2020 season.

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An Eye on the Future: Army Coach Jeff Monken Embraces Analytics, Old School Football, To Create A Fearless Business Lesson

An Eye on the Future: Army Coach Jeff Monken Embraces Analytics, Old School Football, To Create A Fearless Business Lesson

Perhaps no other sentence sums up what Jeff Monken is doing as the head football coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, better known by their popular name: Army. In the five-plus years since Monken has taken command, he’s turned the Cadets into one of the most ruthlessly efficient football teams in America.

And he’s done it by embracing the most popular fad of 21st-century sports—analytics. Monken and his team have turned the science of football probabilities into intelligence on the field. Whether it’s fourth-and-two or a one-score game late in the half, Monken and his team have crunched the numbers, know the odds, and are going with what they know.

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