Entries for December 2011

Common Good

Common Good
Friday, December 30, 2011
“I used to think that character is how you behave when no one is looking.  For most of us that may still be true.  For public figures, however, character is how you behave when everybody is looking . . ."
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Interruptions

Interruptions
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I know many of us crave the opportunity to work without distractions and to focus on a problem or project without interruptions.  It’s why I seek a week alone at my cottage to read, write and rehearse.
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Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back
Friday, December 23, 2011
In our work, because it’s in a competitive arena, people are sometimes disingenuous.  Some have personal agendas, impure motives sometimes. They care who wins and loses; we don’t.
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One More Call

One More Call
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Not 100 percent of the time, but well over 50 percent of the time, if I had made one more call before making or communicating a tough decision, either the decision would have been different or, more often, the decision would have been received better.
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Linked Up: 12/19/11

Linked Up: 12/19/11
Monday, December 19, 2011
We've hit a bit of a slow spot with schools out for break and most contests reserved for holiday showcases and the like. Here are some suggestions if you have some time for some reading between now and the start of 2012.
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The Problem with Exceptions

The Problem with Exceptions
Friday, December 16, 2011
An exception today that doesn’t seem to matter much is almost certain to be recalled and used against you tomorrow when it really does matter.
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Considering the Unrepresented

Considering the Unrepresented
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
When people propose a change in a rule, consider where they are coming from, and consider those who are not present who may have different circumstances, perspectives and needs.
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Representative Council Wrap-up: Fall

Representative Council Wrap-up: Fall
Monday, December 12, 2011
The appointment of its newest member and the adoption of four lacrosse regulations were among actions taken by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association during its annual Fall Meeting, Dec. 2, in East Lansing.
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Close Calls

Close Calls
Friday, December 9, 2011
The little slip of paper I removed from the fortune cookie read:  “Every important call is a close one.” 
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Our Scoreboard = Your Scoreboard

Our Scoreboard = Your Scoreboard
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
We've undertaken a pretty major endeavor at the MHSAA this winter. At this moment on Dec. 6, we have roughly 70 percent of all boys and girls basketball games scheduled by our teams for this winter entered into our system -- with the goal of keeping an up-to-date recor...
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Alignment

Alignment
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I firmly believe that the happiest among school sports leadership today, the most content and fulfilled among us, are those whose beliefs and actions are in alignment.
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Road Trip

Road Trip
Friday, December 2, 2011
We love maps, probably because we spend a lot of time with them during our travels across our great state. To continue on with the transition theme from fall to winter, here’s a look at the road trip our Home Team Marketing representatives took this week.  
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Linked Up: 12/2/11

Linked Up: 12/2/11
Friday, December 2, 2011
So long, Fall. Welcome, Winter. We're in the midst of leaving the former behind and jumping into the latter, and the stories I found this week go along with that theme.
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Only in Football

Only in Football
Friday, December 2, 2011
Proposals that would create even more extravagance – all because schools are reluctant to schedule nearby opponents during the regular season – are all proposals that should be sacked.  
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