Sneak Preview; New Release Date

Wanted to share some news: The Culture Code has an official release date: January 30, 2018. We originally were going to launch in fall, but the more we thought about it, the more we liked the idea of the new year.
It also has an actual, real-life cover:

We were aiming for an image that captured the cohesive, magical …

The Boss Gives a Lesson

This is the coolest/most inspiring video I’ve seen in a long time: Bruce Springsteen talking about practice.

Anybody else get goosebumps? How about you, Allen Iverson?
(Big thanks to Lisa Vahey. And also to Cousin Frankie)

Three Tools for Highly Productive Practice

Before Your Next Practice Session, Watch This

There are lots of cool videos out there on the power of effective practice. But this might be one of the best — especially to show learners before a session.
It’s by Annie Bosler and Don Greene, and animated by Martina Mestrovic. And it’s awesome.

There are Two Types of Coaches. Which are You?

When you look out at the vast ecosystem of teaching and coaching, you see two main species: people who are focused on building skill, and people who are focused on building people.
Most coaches and teachers are in the skill-building business. They spend their time thinking about how to get better. They understand technique and strategy …

Stop Judging Talent; Start Judging Character

This revisit of a 2013 post is made timely by the fact that Tom Brady, now nearly 40, just went 11-1 and set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio. Which means 1) he’s pretty good for a sixth-round draft choice; 2) he’s almost made up  for his choice of underwear in the photo at right. 
Sorry …

The Mental Trick that Unlocks Improvement

Question: How much better would you be if you practiced a skill every day for one or two years?
Would you be ten times better? Twenty? Fifty?
Here’s the answer (tip: watch the first few seconds, then fast-forward to the end):

 

 
This guy did a similar experiment, learning a skateboard trick in six hours.

 
You wouldn’t be ten or …

The One Surprising Habit of Effective Leaders

Stop Warming Up, Start Learning Up

You’ve seen it a thousand times. It happens before every game, at every level (and not just in sports, but also in music, theater, and dance). Before the game begins, the players loosen up. They get the juices flowing, they do a few moves, find their rhythm, and get comfortable. We call this process “warming …

How to Use Failure

Seeing as I’ve been absent from this space for while now — and I’ll be writing more often now that the new book is mostly done — I thought it might be good to write about failure. Beginning with a question:
What happens when we fail really badly at something? 
I’m not talking about almost-success or near …