Stimulating Thoughts

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This was posted on Bob Sutton’s blog. https://bobsutton.typepad.com He is a professor at Stanford University, his newest book is the No Asshole Rule, I have not read it yet but if it is up to the standard of his other book it should be good. Just substitute coaching for management. I found it both stimulating and though provoking.

  1. Sometimes the best management is no management at all — first do no harm!
  2. Indifference is as important as passion.
  3. In organizational life, you can have influence over others or you can have freedom from others, but you can't have both at the same time.
  4. Learning how to say smart things and give smart answers is important. Learning to listen to others and to ask smart questions is more important.
  5. You get what you expect from people. This is especially true when it comes to selfish behavior; self-interest is a learned social norm, not an inherent feature of human behavior.
  6. Getting a little power can turn you into an insensitive self-centered jerk.
  7. Avoid pompous jerks whenever possible. They not only can make you feel bad about yourself, chances are that you will eventually start acting like them.
  8. The best test of a person's character is how he or she treats those with less power.
  9. Err on the side of optimism and positive energy in all things.
  10. Work is an over-rated activity.

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Vern Gambetta

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Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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