Monthly Archives: December 2015


Baseball Coaches and Scouts; Season’s Greetings!

I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season with your family and friends. Trusting that 2016 brings you much joy, success and good health.

In the midst of your shopping and family festivities, I hope each of you can pause to remember the “Reason for the Season.”

I will be taking a break for a while from writing. Thank you for your loyal support and continued encouragement throughout 2015.

Until 2016, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



What was your best memory in 2015? 



Challenging times require leaders who can lead others through the challenges. Now more than ever we need great leadership on athletic teams and in organizations. Good leadership won’t suffice. We need great leadership, and there is a difference.

Good leaders get people to believe in them.

Great leaders inspire people to believe in themselves.

Good leaders say “Watch what I can do.”

Great leaders say “Let me show you what you can do.”

Good leaders catch fish for others so they can eat today.

Great leaders teach people how to fish so they can eat for a lifetime.

Having worked with and around many leaders throughout the years in professional baseball, I’ve realized that great leadership is really a transfer of belief. Great leaders share their belief, vision, purpose and passion with others and in the process they inspire others to believe, act and make an impact. Great leaders are contagious and they instill confidence and belief in others.

Here is an example:

Great sales managers inspire their sales people to believe in themselves, their product or service.

Great school principals inspire their teachers to believe they can make a difference.

Great teachers inspire and empower their students to believe in themselves.

Great parents inspire their children to dream big and believe in themselves to be the best they can be.

Great coaches inspire their teams to believe they can win.

The people who have changed the world have been those who instilled in others the confidence to step up, serve, take initiative and create positive change. You don’t need a title to be a leader. You just need to lead.

To lead others in a powerful way you must invite them to be a part of the team, share your vision for where you are going as a team, and then encourage, empower and inspire them to lead others. In the process, you have created a team of leaders all moving in the same positive direction.

When you create a team of leaders and empower those team members to lead others, you generate an amazing amount of power and momentum that becomes an unstoppable force. This is what great leadership is all about – INFLUENCE! 

Don’t settle for just being a “good” leader – be a “great” leader.

Have a great week!



What does great leadership mean to you?




Over the past several years I’ve been encouraging scouts and coaches to think about the legacy they want to leave. Knowing how you want to be remembered will help you decide how to live and work today. I was told many years ago; “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”

MLB Luncheon 1

Leadership IS Influence!

MLB Luncheon 2

Last Friday afternoon, many of my fellow major league baseball scouting peers came together in one afternoon to honor, recognize, and (talk about) a group of men who’ve left a lasting legacy in the professional baseball scouting profession. From L to R: Paul Snyder, Jim “Crawdaddy” Crawford, Ellis Dungan, Joe Mason, Julian Mock and Rob English.

These men impacted the game of baseball with the players they drafted and signed, and the countless scouts and coaches they worked with and around throughout their many years of scouting. These men displayed influence in the lives of others. They have left a lasting legacy on the game they know and love.

The truth is we are all going to leave a legacy – it just depends on what kind? I often think about this in terms of the books I read, leadership blogs I write and share, my actions as a husband, father and leader, and where I focus my energy.

To help you think about your legacy imagine that life is a relay race and you are running your leg of the race with a baton in your hand. As you approach the next runner and prepare to pass them the baton, ask yourself; what does this baton represent?

What do you want to give them? What legacy do you want to leave…at home, at work, at the ballpark, and in your community? Eventually your leg of the race will come to an end, however others will carry on the baton you have passed on to them.

So I encourage you today to focus on giving them something special, something meaningful, something of impact, and something positive to remember and pass on.

Who made a difference in your life? Who passed the baton to you and what did they give you? What legacy did they leave in you?

So for the time you have left, I strongly challenge and encourage you to carve your name on hearts…not tombstones. If you do, your legacy will be etched into the hearts and minds of others and the stories they will tell about you.

You alone cannot change the world, but you can cast a stone across the “waters of life” to create a lasting ripple effect that will out live you.

Have a great week!



What are some ways you can pass the baton and leave a legacy that will out live you?