What is Performance Psychology?

Russel Wilson has one on staff. Most college and pro teams have several. But what does a Performance Psychologist actually do? Elizabeth Boyer, PhD, describes it this way: Develop strategies to build consistency and satisfaction in sport and life Identify solutions for challenges and concerns. Get support to successfully navigate se…

On Culture and Chemistry

I heard an interesting interview with Mariners Manager Scott Servais last week. He discussed some of the differences between this year's team and last year's, especially when it came to how the players acted in the dugout and clubhouse. Servais brought up a distinction I hadn't thought about before, the difference between Culture and Chemistry. …

The Meat-Free Experiment is Underway

I've never contemplated vegetarianism. And no matter how long I live in Seattle, I can never see myself paying an extra $3 for a "sustainable" sandwich. But I like experiments, so I have one underway. From May 17 - May 30, I'm going meat free. I'm trading the steaks for salmon, bacon for yoghurt, and sandwiches for salads. Just to see how my…

“I Have Front Row Seats to Kobe’s Last Game And…”

Well, I didn't have seats to Kobe's last game, in the front row, right next to the Lakers bench. But this woman in the photo below did. What would you do with such a prime location for such a milestone game? I'd probably do one or more of the following: Watch intently Take photos Take video During commercial breaks, post to a social chann…

Guest Post – The Referee’s Perspective: Sometimes We Know What We Are Doing

Editor's Note: Garrett Galbreath is a high school basketball official in Washington State and a Board Member for the Snohomish County Basketball Officials. Since I am someone who has ALWAYS treated sports officials with the greatest of respect, and NEVER engaged in any kinds of disagreement with one rearding the idiocy of their calls, laziness on …

One Human, One Block, One Year: An Idea for Solving Homelessness

So file this under pie in the sky, hopeless ideas that have no chance of coming true. Unless, that is, one person tries to get it going. NPR published an interesting article the other day about Homelessness in Seattle. One stat stood out: "According to the latest count, in January, more than 3,700 people live on the streets of King County. Th…

Bridging the Social Media Ocean

When I chose to go back to Grad School at the UW  in 2004, I made a conscious decision that after I graduated, I would say "Yes" to every opportunity to learn more that would ever be thrown at me. In the first few years, saying "Yes" meant speaking at the Undergraduate Marketing Club or Young Entrepreneurs Club, or meeting with VCIC students. T…

Tossing 15 Things a Day

My friend Liz told me that she has a pact with herself. She throws away 15 things a day. It could be 15 pieces of paper, 15 paper clips or 5 shirts and 10 paper towels. It doesn't matter. 15 things go into the trash (or charity bin). She said it's not that hard to do, and less painful than a whole day of spring cleaning. By the end of the …

The Power of “Yes”

  I could have you click over to Seth Godin's blog, which I strongly suggest you add to your list of daily reads. (You can even have it delivered via email, it's that easy...) But in case you are just browsing through and don't want to click a link, here's some wise words for the day. On behalf of yes Yes, it's okay to ship your work. …