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These days, high school students eat, sleep, and breathe their one sport of choice in the hopes of securing an NCAA scholarship, or even just a spot on a high-performing college team. A study published online in the journal Sports Health earlier this month suggests that student-athletes don't necessarily need to take that route. With the risk of burnout becoming more likely with specialization, this study is an important part of the debate over whether or not specialization is the best path.
In the holiday season when giving thanks is a priority, we are asking, why not make it a priority year round? At Strive, we believe that sports is an optimal learning ground for the skill of gratitude and other critical leadership competencies.
In this insightful article, John O'Sullivan uses Southwest Airlines as an example of strong team culture. The Southwest culture is so different (as many who have flown with the airline already know), that some just can't get into it. O'Sullivan gives an example of one woman who sent a letter of complaint every time she flew Southwest. One of those letters eventually ended up on the desk of the CEO, who simply replied, "We will miss you." Forming a strong culture takes this kind of dedication - commitment so strong that instead of changing to accomodate a customer, the CEO simply told her in just four words that Southwest was not the company for her.
Today, we talk to Finn Elsmo (above, receiving a Vitamins shirt at Sports Challenge) about why he strives. Finn Elsmo is a 2016 Sports Challenge alumnus and current junior at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, Illinois.
Coming into Sports Challenge, Finn was a bit skeptical. He was flying by himself for the first time and didn’t know anyone else that was going. In his own words, “Let’s just say I wasn’t looking forward to it that much.” Then, at the airport, he was greeted by Coach Klingman. And with that greeting he knew. He knew he was in the right place. He knew that all of the good things he had heard weren’t lies. He knew he’d be happy.
“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”
Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that directly influence the livelihood and mission of organizations such as Strive.
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Everyone must be part of a team at some point - whether for a sport, school, or work. It is important to recognize that team dynamics will have an enormous impact on the success of the group.
Sports Challenge alumna and coach, Linda Schirmeister-Gess, is joining Strive full-time in December as the Director of Development. As we reflect on all of the growth of 2016, and the continued impact that we wish to make in 2017, we wanted to understand - Why does Linda strive?
Mike Myatt of Forbes shares observations he has made over his many years of working with leaders, explaining the number one reason leadership training fails. He also suggests twenty small things that you can look for to know a leadership development program will be effective.
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This informational PDF from Dr. Don Murray for Sports Conflict outlines the eight major characteristics of effective teams, and how team dynamics contributes heavily to team success. A team that works better together becomes more effective against other teams, so learning how to build teamwork is essential to becoming a winning team.