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The Continual Process of Transformational Leadership

As the start of fall activities nears, it reminds me that summer is quickly coming to a close. It also means that I’ve spent considerable time planning for transformational leadership opportunities for the upcoming school year. While I’ve been teaching and speaking about the principles of common language (specifically goals vs. purpose and transactional vs….

Tennessee seeks to transform “win-at-all-costs” sports culture

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – The InSideOut Initiative—a nonprofit aimed at transforming the “win-at-all-costs” sports culture in communities across the country—will launch soon in Tennessee. Sports engage more individuals, families, and communities in a shared experience than any other cultural activity, organization or religion. Three out of four American families with school-aged children will have at…

Reclaiming the Space…Who Has the time?

The junk drawer at home—you know the one. The one that everything gets shoved into before company comes. The one that houses the pens that don’t work, the gadgets you never use, or the Tupperware covers you can’t ever seem to find. Each break in your schedule it is on the list to get addressed,…

Group: Youth sports must eliminate win-at-all-costs culture

NASHVILLE, TENN. — A nonprofit group is launching an effort in Tennessee youth sports to change the culture of winning at all costs. The InSideOut Initiative addresses redefining the role of sports for students and communities. The group says in a news release millions of children lose out on the potential for life-changing growth if winning…

Using Data to Show the Link Between Sports Participation and Academic Achievement

“Instead of cutting extracurricular activities during tough budgetary times, school administrators should financially support these activities because they helped students stay in school and succeed academically.”  (Holloway, 1999/2000 as cited in Lumpkin, A., & Favor, J., 2012, p. 58) In a previous InSideOut blog post, it was detailed how sport practitioners can use data to…

Summer Prep for Education-Based Athletics

Okay, ADs—it’s summer. We have time to take a deep breath and start planning for the upcoming school year. Think about the equation for change—Discontent + Vision + First steps > Resistance—and begin planning your own growth as a professional and how you’ll continue making room in the win-at-all-costs sports culture for purpose based athletic…

How the AD Association Can Support Education-Based Athletics

The purpose of the InSideOut Initiative is to transform the current win-at-all-costs sports culture where the value is often defined by the scoreboard, into one that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience. While this clear purpose may seem a bit daunting given our sports culture, it’s good to be reminded that the…

Creating a Collective Transformational Purpose Statement

The Five-Step Implementation Pathway clearly outlines the foundational actions to becoming an InSideOut School. One of those steps that requires buy-in and consensus from all participants is the creation of a Collective Transformational Purpose Statement. Whether you are working with a team, the athletic department or the entire school community, the key to a strong…

Using Data to Support Transformational Coaching

“Most of the world will make decisions by either guessing or using their gut. They will be either lucky or wrong.” – Suhail Doshi, CEO, Mixpanel In the increasingly omnipresent world of sports analytics and sabermetrics, data are all around us—and most often this data focuses on performance outcomes. InSideOut coaches and ADs see the value and power…

Resistance: Can We Still Be Good?

This is the third of a three-part series about managing and moving past resistance to change in your school community. You can read the first blog post here and the second blog post here. Have you heard the story titled “The elephant and the rope?” Elephants born into captivity at birth are tied to a rope….