Champion LA Lakers Coach Phil Jackson Can Teach Us All how to Live Better

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Watching the Lakers win the national basketball title recently, I began to count the ways that Phil Jackson is a model for youth coaches everywhere, and how we can all learn to live better lives by following his example: 1) He builds others’ self-confidence -Trevor Ariza, who came up big in the playoffs, said he knew he wasn’t going to get pulled from the game if he missed a shot, which fueled his confidence to keep playing hard.  Jackson’s players don’t tighten up in the clutch, worried about what will happen if they miss. They play to win, not to avoid looking bad. Players don’t do that if they are worrying about their coach giving up on them. 2) He develops players as leaders – Michael Jordan never won a title until Phil showed him how to make his teammates better. And now even those who called Kobe Bryant the most selfish player in the NBA, can see how Bryant has grown under Phil as a leader who makes his teammates better. 3) He doesn’t let the emotion of the moment control his behavior – Phil has been called the Zen Master, sometimes mockingly, but I believe his meditation practice provides a detachment that allows him to keep his head when those around him are losing theirs (full disclosure: I meditate daily and find it helps me deal with my challenges, which admittedly are much less than those of an NBA coach). Jackson was pummeled by the press during the playoffs—for not coaching enough, for going through the motions, for mailing it in. I took his calmness instead as a sign of someone who sees the big picture—that life is filled with unavoidable ups and downs. Overreacting to a loss can disrupt a team’s momentum and damage its self-confidence. Phil retained his equanimity and and so, his momentum. 4) He is a community builder – In a videotaped speech Jackson contributed to my Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) nine years ago, he rarely used the word team. He talked again and again of creating a community that players wanted to be part of. His masterful handling of Dennis Rodman with the Bulls was an example of bringing out the best in a troubled and talented individual by showing him what he could be part of if he bought into the team’s culture. 5) He has a sense of humor about life – At some level life is absurd and recognizing that helps keep us sane.  Phil is able to keep perspective with his jokes and use of irony (which, I notice members of the media often don’t get!). His splicing of popular movies with game film is both fun and effective in making points more effectively than banging a player over the head with a lesson he needs to learn. 6) He’s a learner – By his own admission, he started out as a control-freak, a nasty-snarly coach, like so many others, but he realized that wasn’t working for him. I first met Phil when he wrote me asking permission to use some of my ideas in his coaching clinics. Our mutual friend Rich Kelley had sent Phil the manuscript for my first book, Positive Coaching, and Phil had actually read it. He is constantly looking to learn new things, even to the point of reading a book by a guy (me) who never coached beyond the high school level. He embodies the “teachable spirit.” 7) He fills emotional tanks – Phil latched on to a staple of PCA’s philosophy, called, the “Magic Ratio” (5 Emotional Tank Fillers for every criticism). He used it to turn Horace Grant’s career around. Grant became a key player in the Bulls’ multiple championships under Phil, and he chose to come back to play for Jackson in LA late in his career. I often think that if we could get every youth coach to bump up his/her plus-minus ratio toward the magical 5:1, PCA could fold up its tent and declare its work over.  By the way, it’s called the Magic Ratio because kids with full E-Tanks do things that do indeed seem magical. 8) He grows on those around him – So many coaches have an unpleasant intensity that grates on players to the point that they soon want to move on, even if they’ve had success with that coach. Phil’s style of treating players as total human beings causes players to feel better about him the longer they play for him. Derek Fisher after last night’s final game: “He doesn’t try to control you as a coach. He empowers you to be who you are…He doesn’t put himself in the way. He let’s us do it.” Earlier he said, “I love that man.” Wow. 9) He’s competitive (in the truest, best sense of the word) – Contrary to what some believe, positive coaching is not anti-competitive. Life is full of competition and kids need to learn to compete effectively. It is the win-at-all-cost mentality that is the enemy. Phil embodies competition in the original sense of the word: a “striving together” to be our best, rather than the degraded form of competition that David Shields calls “De-Competition,” in which “anything goes” if it helps you win. 10) He honors the game – No, he is not perfect and yes, he did criticize officials’ calls in the playoffs, which led to fines from the NBA. But, as much as any coach in pro sports, he coaches with an underlying respect for officials and opponents.  In his videotaped remarks to PCA nine years ago, Coach Jackson talked about being influenced by Native American culture and how tribes valued their opponents because without them they would have no one to fight. Crucial to the Bulls being able to defeat the Detroit Pistons was getting his players to respect the “Bad Boys” as worthy opponents who were giving them a gift by forcing them to play their very best to be able to compete. 11) He demonstrates moral courage – Jackson stands up publicly for what he believes is right even when it’s not popular. When his (and my) alma mater, the University of North Dakota, gave him an honorary doctorate last year, he used the event as a platform to stand up for Native Americans who feel the UND nickname dishonors them. Noting the positive influence Native Americans have had on his spirituality, he said, “We have to rethink our nickname…the Fighting Sioux because it’s not a beneficial nickname to these people. It’s not beneficial to us.” Jackson noted that UND would still be powerful whether called the Sioux or the Flickertails. “I propose in this year of change we do the right thing.” My favorite top reason that he is a great role model is that he supports the positive coaching movement. Coach Jackson is PCA’s National Spokesperson. He donates his time and money to building the PCA Movement. He wants to help us turn youth sports into the very best youth development experience possible and sees the transformation of youth sports as part of his legacy. When I am asked, “How much do you pay Phil Jackson to be your spokesperson?” I get the satisfaction of saying, “Nothing! He pays us!” In Houston after a tough game against the Rockets in the Conference semifinals, he finished his press conference and walked out of the room. A reporter said she had one more question to which he replied over his shoulder, “I’m done.” She said, “It’s about Positive Coaching Alliance.”  He immediately turned and said, “I’ll talk about that any time.” ______________________________ Jim Thompson is the author of five books on youth sports including “The Double-Goal Coach” and “Positive Sports Parenting.”  He founded the Positive Coaching Alliance (www.positivecoach.org), a movement to transform youth sports, so sports can transform youth.  Join the PCA Movement and forward this information to anyone you know in the coaching field. Send your questions regarding youth sports to the “Ask PCA” blog. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

2 Window Washers Rescued from 37th Floor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Two window washers clinging to a dangling platform 37 stories up on a downtown Boston building were rescued by firefighters Wednesday. “They were panicking,” said an employee inside the building. (Continue reading the AP story on MSNBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

100 U.S. Companies Help with Pakistan Flood Relief

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs of last week, $24.4 million in corporate aid had been pledged by the U.S. business community for Pakistan flood response efforts.100 different companies stepped up with aid pledges in response to the historic, devastating floods, according to the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Many of these companies don’t even have significant operations in Pakistan, making the scale of the private sector response even more compelling.Some firms pledged in-kind contributions. Four companies pledged $1 million or more in cash — The Coca-Cola Company, GE, Microsoft, and P&G.Companies have the specific resources to address the many specific needs of disasters like the Pakistan floods.  “A lot of this is self-selecting — that is the beauty of the private sector,” said Stephen Jordan the executive director of BCLC. “Individual companies are great at individual things. So a lot of the pharmaceutical companies, a lot of the health care companies are going to focus on the health care issues,” he said.“The engineering, construction and heavy equipment companies are going to focus on dams, roads and those kind of things.  The financial services companies are going to help say with small business capacity building, (and) micro-finance,” Jordan said.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says Pakistan ranks as the third largest recipient of disaster assistance from the business community over the past five years, behind Haiti and China.For a list of all corporations and their generosity, visit BCLC’s Corporate Aid Tracker.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Audi Produces New Fuel From CO2 and Water

first_imgThe CO2 used is currently supplied by a biogas facility. In addition, initially a portion of the CO2 needed is extracted from the ambient air by means of direct air capturing, a technology of Audi’s Zurich‑based partner Climeworks. The synthetic e-fuel is free from sulfur and aromatic hydrocarbons, and tests show it is suitable for mixing with fossil diesel or, prospectively, for use as a fuel in its own right.“In developing Audi e-diesel we are promoting another fuel based on CO2 that will allow long‑distance mobility with virtually no impact on the climate,” said Reiner Mangold, Head of Sustainable Product Development at Audi. “Using CO2 as a raw material represents an opportunity not just for the automotive industry in Germany, but also to transfer the principle to other sectors and countries.”(READ more from Audi) – Story submitted by Jéan van wyngaardtAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The Dresden energy technology corporation sunfire, Audi’s project partner, operates according to the power‑to‑liquid principle, using green power to produce a liquid fuel.The science of it all breaks down like this: water is heated up to form steam, then broken down into hydrogen and oxygen by means of high-temperature electrolysis. Then, the hydrogen reacts with the CO2 in synthesis reactors, creating a reaction product made from long‑chain hydrocarbon compounds known as “blue crude.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreInstead of dumping more CO2 into the environment through its tailpipes, this German car company is recycling carbon dioxide to make green fuel.Audi has successfully created a high-quality diesel fuel by combining water and C02 and started producing it earlier this week at their research facility in Dresden.“If we can make widespread use of CO2 as a raw material, we will make a crucial contribution to climate protection and the efficient use of resources, and put the fundamentals of the “green economy” in place,” said Federal Minister of Education and Research Professor Dr. Johanna, who put the first five liters into her own Audi A8 3.0 yesterday.IKEA Pledges Over a Billion Dollars to Help Slow Climate Changelast_img read more

California Restores Voting Rights for 60,000 Former Felons

first_imgCalifornia Secretary of State Alex Padilla said, “If we are serious about slowing the revolving door at our jails and prisons, and serious about reducing recidivism, we need to engage—not shun—former offenders.”Inmates Grow Along With the Gardens They Tend Behind Bars AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA court settlement has just given 60,000 felony offenders the right to vote again in California.They all committed low-level offenses and were released, placed under community supervision to ease prison overcrowding. They never regained their right to vote and a lawsuit was filed on their behalf to get those voting rights back.A Superior Court Judge agreed back in May saying the idea of the community supervision sentence “was to reintroduce felons into the community, which is consistent with restoring their right to vote.” After initially appealing the case, the state agreed to a settlement last week.Cops Decide Heroin Addicts Will Be Helped With Rehab, Not Arrested The Sentencing Project says roughly six million Americans are not allowed to vote because of  criminal convictions in their past. A bill before Congress and a possible referendum in Florida may restore voting rights to thousands more ex-offenders who’ve completed their sentences.(READ more at Mother Jones) — Photo: FutUndBeidl, CCVote To Share This Story… (Click Below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Instead of a Second Protest, Black Lives Matter Joins Police For a Barbecue

first_imgPlans for another BLM protest on Sunday were changed to a community cookout after leaders met with Ramsay the day after the demonstration. Ramsay said he and the mayor wanted to raise the money to organize a barbecue for the city’s law enforcement professionals and the community at large.WATCH: Opposing Dallas Protest Groups Find They Want Same Thing; Black & White Hug it Out“It’s a first step for the community to be able to get to know the officers that work and live around northeast Wichita,” protest supporter Djuan Wash told KSN News.He believes it’s the first step toward healing and building a bond between those in blue and those who want to end injustice.LOOK: Photo of Citizens Guarding the Police in Baltimore Riots Brings Needed HopeAny and all are invited to attend the 6:00 pm cook-out, billed as the ‘First Steps Barbecue’, today at Emerson McAdams Park.(WATCH the video below from USA News) SPREAD Some Good News Today…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA city in Kansas is proud of their Black Lives Matter protest on Tuesday, during which no one was hurt or arrested, and no property was damaged. Protestors praised the police for their efforts in allowing voices and first amendment rights to be expressed—and things only got better going forward.Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says that despite personnel shortages in the department, he will continue to make sure officers are properly trained in cultural competency, while he tries to free up more of officers’ time for community policing.last_img read more

Muslim Group Hands Out 1,000 Holiday Turkey Meals to Needy Families

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEarlier this Tuesday, 1,000 different low-income families in Washington D.C. were treated to free Thanksgiving turkeys and meals thanks to a local Islamic-centered nonprofit. Islamic Relief USA is an organization that provides empowerment, resources, and aid to communities in over 50 countries around the world, including the United States. Together with the American Third Pillar Charities, the Muslim volunteers hosted the annual giveaway at the Deanwood Recreational Center in the nation’s capital.MORE: Christians Protect Mosques on Fri., Muslims Guard Churches on Sunday“The community was incredibly warm and grateful for the service,” read one of the website’s blog posts. “The event was about more than turkeys — it was about community.”This was the third year that B.C. Dodge, a U.S. Military Veteran and New Media Specialist with Islamic Relief USA participated in the thanksgiving meal donation.“It is important to participate in programs of this nature because hunger can’t read a calendar and poverty knows no faith, As Muslims, we are taught to help those who have less.”Let’s Be Grateful For Kindness: Click To Share With Your Friends – Photos by Islamic Relief USAAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Watch Aussie Woman Share Her Water With Thirsty Koala on a Hot Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen this good Samaritan saw a koala who was hanging out in the Australian heat, she didn’t hesitate to share her water with the thirsty critter.Chantelle Lowrie had been staying at a campground in southern Victoria last week when she saw the marsupial on the side of the road.Temperatures had reached a sweltering 111º Fahrenheit (44º Celsius) when Lowrie spotted the koala, and she couldn’t help but wonder whether it needed some hydration in the heat.“My first thought was that the poor little fella needs a drink,” Lowrie told ABC News.LOOK: Fearless Uber Driver Stops Mid-Trip to Scoop Up Injured Hawk and Save It From the HighwayLowrie then approached the koala as it was climbing a tree and held out her water bottle. When it spotted the water, however, it stopped and enjoyed a 25-second respite as Lowrie poured the water into its mouth.Once it was satisfied, it continued on its merry way and Lowrie posted a video of the exchange to Facebook where it garnered thousands of views from social media users applauding the Aussie woman for her compassion.(WATCH the video below) – Photo by C’Lowrie’s PhotographyAre Your Friends Thirsty For Good News? Be Sure And Share This Story Of Compassion To Social MediaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Campus Life Council sets University policy

first_imgAlthough the Campus Life Council (CLC) has yet to meet this academic year, student body president Pat McCormick said the group would be instrumental in the student union once its biweekly meetings begin. “[Campus Life Council] is the body that has the single greatest influence on University policy, so I’m very excited to get started,” McCormick said. “It directly incorporates student advocacy into University policy.” McCormick said CLC has not met this year because the group has not received rector recommendations yet from Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle. “I am not able to appoint rectors or students affairs representatives,” McCormick said. “Without those individuals, the purpose of CLC isn’t able to be fulfilled.” McCormick said he hopes that student government will receive the rector recommendations soon. “We have made multiple requests for nominations and look forward to receiving them so that we can begin the work of the CLC,” he said. The CLC also includes student representatives from the Senate, Hall President’s Council (HPC), the Judicial Council and the Coalition Council. The council is intended to provide a forum where students, faculty and administrative personnel can discuss matters impacting student affairs, according to the bylaws. “The CLC makes policy suggestions directly to the vice president of student affairs,” McCormick said. “He or she is then required to submit a public response to each resolution.” The bylaws stipulate that all resolutions passed by the CLC must receive majority vote from two-thirds of the members present at a meeting. Chief of staff Claire Sokas, now a senior, sat on CLC during her sophomore year. “I think it’s really important to meet because having the opportunity to discuss student affairs issues directly with rectors and other faculty allows us to get a better perspective on their opinion,” she said. “We all had the goal of bettering the University in mind.” McCormick said CLC provides a valuable opportunity for students to speak with staff from the Office of Student Affairs. “It allows us to learn the background and history of issues that may have predated our arrival to Notre Dame,” he said.last_img read more

The Shirt Committee to select new president

first_imgEach year, a dedicated group of Notre Dame students works to provide a unique and colorful design for the following football season’s much-anticipated The Shirt. The Shirt committee chooses the color of The Shirt, designs the logo, selects the quote and unveils the finishe d product the night before the annual Blue-Gold game. This year’s The Shirt committee will select a president after candidates interview Oct. 6 and 7. Last year’s president, senior Lauren Marzouca, said leading The Shirt committee was the most influential opportunity she has had while at Notre Dame. “While [it] was stressful occasionally, I had such a great committee to help me that I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she said. “Before becoming president, I did not appreciate and value cooperative teamwork as I should have.” Marzouca said the time commitment to The Shirt varies depending on the position a student is selected for. “President is a big time commitment in October because you don’t have a committee to help, and you need to get a lot of the logistics settled for the process of selecting a shirt supplier,” she said. She said a typical week for the president, after the committee is chosen, consists of checking The Shirt email account, leading weekly meetings, meeting with the project advisor and sometimes the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore manager. While the president has numerous weekly tasks, Marzouca said committee members’ jobs and time commitments range. “Most committee members’ positions are like this: there are periods of activity interspersed with times when your only job is to show up for one weekly meeting to talk about The Shirt design,” she said. While working on The Shirt can be stressful at times, Marzouca said there are definite perks. Committee members get free shirts, and sometimes, the committee gets to tour the factory where The Shirt is made, Marzouca said. The biggest perk for Marzouca came when she and the other members of The Shirt committee got to present a preview of The Shirt to head football coach Brian Kelly. “Brian Kelly has always been really supportive of our project, and meeting him was definitely one of the highlights of my ND experience,” she said. Over the years, The Shirt design process has evolved — Marzouca said last year was no different. “Last year we took a new approach and designed The Shirt 2011 in one meeting,” she said. “We sat down and hashed out the details while our wonderful graphic designer worked her magic on Photoshop.” Marzouca said color is always picked first, followed by the rest of the design. “Last year our [committee] slogan was ‘new Shirt, same tradition,’” she said. “We used this because The Shirt was a slightly different color [than before}, but we felt that the design and quote made it feel very traditional.” Marzouca said students interested in becoming president must send in their application by midnight on Oct. 3 to The Shirt website, theshirt.nd.edu. Students who receive an interview for the position of president will be notified Oct. 4, and interviews will take place on Oct. 6 and 7. Marzouca said after a president is selected, committee applications will be posted to The Shirt website, and then applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted. “Usually there are five to 10 committee members, and anywhere from 20 to 50 people applying depending on the year,” she said.last_img read more