Author Archives: coachczes


Stronger Team

by Alan Stein (Twitter: @AlanStein) I take my own development, both personally and professionally, very seriously.  As cliché as it sounds, I try to get a little better every single day!  In addition to always finding new exercises, drills, and training techniques, a good portion of my professional development is focused on leadership.  I have dozens and dozens of books, ... Read More »

Trust-Building Tip: Use Trust Accounts


by Stephanie Zonars (Twitter: @StephanieZonars) Trusting relationships form the foundation of every strong team. You’ve likely experienced teams where trust existed (so refreshing!) and others where it didn’t (so frustrating). But here’s the million-dollar question: how do we practically strengthen trust in our relationships and on our teams? Years ago I learned a helpful concept from Stephen Covey called Emotional ... Read More »

Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning


by Peter Bregman I was late for my meeting with the CEO of a technology company and I was emailing him from my iPhone as I walked onto the elevator in his company’s office building. I stayed focused on the screen as I rode to the sixth floor. I was still typing with my thumbs when the elevator doors opened ... Read More »

10 Fun Things to do With Your Family on Spring Break

All Pro Dad

courtesy of All Pro Dad Hit the beach!For a great many people Spring Break = The Beach. For good reason. Winter has been cold and gray. Work and school have been rough. No place on earth relaxes the spirit like the coast. Bright sun, crashing waves and feet in the sand. Your family will have nothing but smiles. The big ... Read More »

Stop the Whining on Your Team

Stop the Whining

by Ron Ashkenas One of my senior clients used to keep a “no whining” sign in her office. It seemed odd to have the sign so prominently displayed at a senior executive level. After all, the managers that walked into that office were not children, but mature adults with collective responsibility for thousands of employees. Why would they whine instead ... Read More »

Inventive Thinking

James Naismith

by John C. Maxwell (Twitter: @JohnCMaxwell) Disheartened after another day of failing to connect with his students, the young teacher trudged upstairs to his office and slumped down at his desk chair in defeat. He was angry, and he had every right to be mad. After all, his boss at the YMCA had assigned him a seemingly impossible task. He ... Read More »

10 Ways to be Your Child’s Hero

All Pro Dad

courtesy of All Pro Dad (Twitter: @allprodad) You are their SupermanEvery child needs to feel secure. As their Dad, they look to you to provide that feeling at all times. When those little eyes look up at you, they see Superman. Live up to the hype. Open your heartIn society, men are expected to be strong.  This is a good thing.  ... Read More »

The Importance of Character in Coaching

by Coach Czes (as appeared in TimeOut Magazine’s Winter 2012 Issue ( The word, “character,” has been at the forefront of many news reports lately, in light of recent allegations of criminal misconduct at two prestigious universities that have altered the perception of the coaching profession in the mainstream media.  As the investigations unfold, we can only hope that the ... Read More »

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

Juggling Time

by Tony Schwartz Why is it that between 25 and 50 per cent of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish ... Read More »

Three Tips for Responding to Failure

Everyone reacts differently to failure: some immediately accuse others while some take the heat themselves, even if undeserved. Next time you and your team fail, resist the temptation to place blame. Take these three steps instead: Think before you act. Don’t respond immediately or impulsively. Doing so can make matters worse. Take the time to consider several possible interpretations of ... Read More »