Eight Is Great: Coach Dawn Writes’ 8 Most Popular Articles


Are you on winter break from work and looking for something to do?  Well, it’s your lucky day, because I’ve got the top posts from Coach Dawn Writes ready for you…right here at your finger tips! I based the list on how many times they’ve been clicked and came up with a lot of info about leadership, teamwork, personality tests, setting goals, and youth sports all in one place.  So get comfortable, grab a cup of coffee, kick your feet up and check out these articles.

8 posts that were super popular with the readers this year

  • #8: Coming in at number 8 is a post that was retweeted and Facebooked quite a bit.  How To Spot a Loser And Keep Them Off Of Your Team was clearly one that resonated with a lot of folks.  This is one of those that crosses from athletics into real life…a loser on the court will more than likely be a loser in the office cubicle as well.
  • #7: I love cartoons and I love John Wooden’s teachings…and apparently I’m not the only one!  How Watching Toy Story 3 Can Teach The Essentials Of Teamwork was very popular.  I’m not one of those folks who has to get dragged kicking and screaming to see a kids movie…I love ‘em and think they’re always filled with good teachable moments.  I highlighted loyalty, friendship, and cooperation in this post.
  • #6: Probably my favorite post thus far!  Take These 3 Steps To Become An Effective Leader talks about how we need to take time to be by ourselves in order to be the best leaders for our teams.  We sometimes feel as if we’re always ripping and running, but that’s not the way to generate new ideas or solve that big problem.  Go check it out for the three action items (no more multitasking, be by yourself, and develop real friendships) that will take your leadership to the next level.
  • #5: I’m all about team chemistry and how it leads directly to success.  As a matter of fact, I think that great team chemistry can take an average team and make it good…and a good team and make it great!  That’s what I talked about in Building Rapport With Your Team: It’s Easy As 1-2-3-(4-5).  And while we all spend lots of time and effort getting our players to mesh, it’s just as important that you and your team have good chemistry.  Like the saying goes, it starts at the top…and you’re at the top, so get to building bridges coach!
  • #4: There are some movies that stand the test of time, that you can go back to and watch over and over again…and Hoosiers is one of them.  It’s an annual tradition for me to kick back with a bowl of popcorn and see what’s up with my boys from Hickory.  I’ve used this movie with teams before with a pretty good amount of success and that’s what Effective Use Of Films For Goal Setting was all about.  Not about getting your team all fired up about beating a lofty opponent, but how to raise your team’s happiness ceiling…the point at which they’d be happy with the result.
  • #3: This post is the Superman to #8’s Lex Luthor, The 10 Essential Characteristics That Winners Must Possess was an instant success.  We all want to be winners and we want our players to be winners and this post outlined qualities found in most winners, based on the book Values of the Game by Bill Bradley.
  • #2: Ahh, college…good times.  I played collegiate volleyball (waaay) back in the day and my coach had created a few antagonistic relationships with a few of the players.  How To Lose Credibility With Your Team In 3 Easy Steps details how a seemingly innocent pre-game meal got turned sideways.  I don’t want to give the story away, so click on the link to find out what happens when baked ziti and volleyball players cross paths!
  • #1: *drumroll please!*  In a clear case of me not knowing everything (even when I think I do!), I almost didn’t publish this article because I wasn’t sure that it really had a strong connection with coaching or team building or any of the other things that I talk about on this site.  But 4 Reasons Our Children Should Play Sports (Or My Love Letter To Athletics) has turned out to be the most popular post that I’ve written thus far.  Perhaps it strikes a chord with those of us coaches who remember when people played sports because they loved it…not because their parents forced them or that they thought they may get an athletic scholarship down the line.  If you believe in the power of athletics, this one is a must read!

Now click away people…and enjoy!