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A Lesson in Leadership from Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln’s letter to General Joseph Hooker In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to then Army of the Potomac General Joseph Hooker. Seems that General Hooker was a man with aspirations — enough to travel all the way from California to speak with Lincoln in Washington and enough to perhaps not give his immediate

Field Test Schools Needed for Organizational Review

We here at Top Coach, in conjunction with JackWWarren.com, are pleased to announce our new Top Coach Scouting Report. While Jack has done consulting with baseball and athletic programs for years, this is a new one day, on-site review that focuses on the organizational, administrative, staffing, and structural areas of your program, helping you to

No response is the new response?

by Jack Warren Over the last year or so, it has become increasingly apparent that many people deem no response to be an acceptable response. Now, don’t get me wrong – I understand as well as anyone that the volume of communications (emails, phone calls, texts, direct messages, etc.) received on a daily basis has

Change your attitude, change your course

by Jack Warren One of my all-time favorite films is the Coen Brothers classic, O’ Brother, Where Art Thou? A combination of a great story, wonderful setting, great acting, and a superbly written script make this a film that I have watched at least 15 times. In the broadest sense, it’s a story about three

Child-like wonder (it’s a good thing)

by Jack Warren There is exactly one TV show that I make a point to watch every week. Believe it or not, it’s Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey (NBC, Sunday night). Why do I love this show so much? Yes, it’s cute. Yes, it’s entertaining. Yes, Steve Harvey is funny. The thing that compels

The Definition of Insanity

by Jack Warren Three to four times a week, the midpoint of my run is the transportation center in downtown Normal, Illinois, where I stop for a drink of water. The first thing I typically see upon entering the building is the Amtrak departures and arrivals board. And because I run about the same time

TC Resource: Gina Parris on Listening

We’re glad to have old friend Gina Parris back on Top Coach to talk this time about listening. What an important topic for a coach. This is something that we all need. Some of the things that Gina covers in this episode: Listening to understand Silence Eye contact Getting buy-in Leadership is influence Be a

How Operations aids effiency

In part two of our Operations video series, Jack talks about how Operations can help you and your team, program, or organization break through to a new level of efficiency. Jack also talks about putting the operations function into the right and and providing your staff with the right information. Get more information and reserve

What is Operations?

Operations is a vital part of any organization and it has, over the last 5-10 years, become more visible as a part of a dynamic athletic team or organization. Please take a couple of minutes to watch this video as Top Coach host Jack Warren explains just exactly what Operations entails and how it can

The Can-Do attitude!

by Jack Warren A few months ago, I called my cousin, a retired school teacher and coach who lives in southern central Tennessee, to let him know that we’d be passing his way and asked if he’d be around. He told me he’d be in Louisiana that weekend. When I asked what was taking him

Great time in Waco at the THSBCA

by Jack Warren, host and editor of Top Coach Podcast Last weekend marked my first opportunity to attend the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association in Waco. I not only had a good time, the event thoroughly exceeded my expectations. They say that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, that’s certainly true of their coaches’

Top Coach Ops Con ’17 ticket sales set to LAUNCH!

I am so excited about moving into the next phase of Top Coach Ops Con ’17! We’ll be ringing in the new year with the official launch of our ticket sales. And we’re doing it in a big way. Starting at midnight on January 1 and continuing for 15 days only, we’ll be offering admission

Jump on the Operations Bandwagon

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host Look around the baseball landscape and you’ll notice how many organizations, teams, and schools are adding an Operations person to their staff. This is not just spreading more responsibility among the existing coaching staff. I’m talking about a distinct Director of Operations position. And I’m not just

Character matters

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host This week a video of Dallas Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott went viral. The video shows Prescott sitting on the bench drinking some water or Gatorade out of a paper cup. Upon finishing his drink, he tosses the empty cup behind the bench toward the garbage can, only

Staying positive in a negative world

by Jack Warren, Top Coach host and editor A close friend once confided in me that he was concerned about something that an associate had said about him. I pointed out that the time to be concerned was when someone he respected and/or held in high regard offered a criticism or suggestion. In your position

Burdening coaches with good intentions

by Jack Warren, Top Coach host and editor I’ve been pondering this very column for weeks. As regular followers of Top Coach have probably observed, we really do not cross over that line into anything that would be considered controversial – unless you consider “How are today’s players different than when you started?” a touchy

Ferraro on Language: Who Said That?

By Joe Ferraro I’ve never heard a better answer to “what do you do?” than Seth Godin’s “I notice things.” I have a long way to go before I can assert that as my job description, but even someone as impactful as Seth had to start somewhere. I doubt it was amongst the type of

Think/Read/Listen Outside the Box

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host I want you to [cliché alert] think outside the box. More than that, however, I want you to read and listen outside the box. What box? Your box. Specifically, your baseball box. Take a look at your bookshelf the next time you’re in the office. How many

The Meme Train

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host Back in his junior high days, my youngest son decided to give wrestling a shot. He was new to the sport and did surprisingly well. He was also new to the wrestling culture. His stories always served as the fodder for some good laughs, as Alex was

Read a biography!

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host If you are like most leaders, you tend to read books – whether it be a few books a year or a few books a month. And like a typical reader, those titles may include self-help, history, how-to, fiction, and more. Among coaches, self-help and how-to are

Networking vs. relationship building

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host It’s the caricature of the young realtor or insurance agent, handing out their business cards at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon or other get-together. Baseball coaches don’t typically use business cards, but you get the idea. At a convention, clinic, showcase event, or other gathering, coaches are

Complaining rewires the brain

by Jack Warren, editor and host of Top Coach Baseball I don’t often point to someone else’s work in this space, but this column is just too good to not pass along. I envision this being required read for organizations from top to bottom. Nearly every single point in this column is worth considering, but two

The Value of a Mastermind Group

by Jack Warren, editor and host of Top Coach In the summer of 2015, my dear bride and I took a long-postponed anniversary trip down the length of California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Despite the buildup and the long wait, neither one of us were disappointed in the least. It was everything we expected and more.

Commitment Hike: Building a culture at New Mexico State

by Jack Warren We recently had as a guest on Top Coach, New Mexico State head coach, Brian Green. In that episode, Coach Green talked about the culture he’s trying to create in Las Cruces, speaking often in terms of culture, vision, and mindset. Check out this video that he sent us that demonstrates some

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