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Real Sport Has Heart

Real Sport Has Heart.
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A new level of sportsmanship leaped onto a highly competitive platform last week. Actually, it wasn’t a platform, it was a snowy trail. And it wasn’t some abstract idea that emerged, it was Canadian cross-country racing coach, Justin Wadsworth. For nearly two decades, I’ve been touting the importance of winning with humility and losing with grace. I’ve written articles on competition, conducted staff training workshops at camps on three continents and even lectured my own children on the topic. (What’s … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Ways to Get Work Done

Start simple, start small…but start somewhere.
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Sometimes, I think the speed of life has turned us all into a bunch of clock brains. You know what I mean by clock brain, right? It’s not something anyone aspires to, that’s for sure. It looks like this: You fall into a good job. No, a job you absolutely love. A job you can’t wait to keep coming to, where your colleagues are good people and your work makes a difference. But it’s a job that doesn’t stop. There … Continue reading

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The Art of Camp

I’m not a great artist. In fact, I’m not even a good artist; at least not when it comes to the traditional forms of art such as; painting, sculpting, and the arts and crafts lanyard making. But I’ve read enough books on art to know a couple of things; great artists know that it’s about what you add AND what you take away that makes art great. Removing clutter, excess, all the superfluous elements—and finding out in the process what’s been in … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Give Kids 10 Seconds

Give Kids 10 Seconds
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In a recent faculty meeting, our Director of Information Technology explained some upgrades to the school’s hardware and software. “One of the benefits of this series of upgrades,” she said, “will be faster load times on the pages you use most, such as the page for entering grades and comments.” One of my colleagues shot her hand up and shared how eagerly she was anticipating these technological enhancements “because some of the load times on these pages are devastatingly slow.” … Continue reading

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Just Do Nothing

There’s a popular shoe company that has a familiar slogan suggesting we should all “Just Do It,” but it occurs to me that there are times when the opposite is best–at some points in life, it’s better to “just do nothing.” This concept first crept into my consciousness years ago during my first visit to New York City.  It was quite an eye-opening experience for a farm-boy-turned-Marine. I was there for a professional training conference. I stayed in a famous old … Continue reading

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