3 Things Schools Can Learn from Germany's World Cup Win

  "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." ~ Babe Ruth   Spain 1982 was the first World Cup that I remember being totally engrossed in. I was 12 years old at the time playing for an Italian soccer club where I was the only Canadian on the team. Every game I watched was a learning experience. I realized quickly the passion Italians had for the game and how it was entrenched in their culture. I remember our coach telling us to watch every game, picking the player that played our position and to watch only their movements. I remember watching the Italian hero Paolo Rossi score 6 goals in the tournament. But what I remember most was how Italy grew...
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2 Things We Can All Learn From Alex Bilodeau - Gold Medalist

  "Out of respect for my brother I have to go after these dreams and to do all within my power to make it happen" ~ Alex Bilodeau   In 2010 Alex Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on home soil. On Monday he became only the second Canadian Olympian to successfully defend a gold medal. Both tremendous accomplishments. But that's not what makes his life story so compelling. We can all learn 2 very important life lessons from Alex, which also makes him an amazing role model.  The first lesson we can learn from Alex is the idea that we can all find a passion or drive to succeed. For Alex this drive comes from watching his brother Frederic who was born with cerebral palsy. The Bilodeau family was told that Frederic would not be able to walk by the age of 12, but...
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4 Steps To Take After A Mistake

    "Success does not consist of never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time" ~ George Bernard Shaw Mistakes. Big, small, personal, professional, stupid, unintentional, they come in all shapes and sizes. We all make them. Lord knows I've made my fair share. I started thinking about mistakes after I came across the quote under the picture above. There are lots of emotions that you will go through when you make a mistake. Embarrassment, fear, anxiety, maybe even anger. These are all normal. Being mindful or your reaction to making a mistake is the first step in alleviating any discomfort regardless of your position.  If you are in a leadership position how you react to your mistake will make a big impression on your team. All eyes are on you. Below are steps that you might consider taking when you realize that you've made...
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