The No.1 thing you can do to make an immediate impact for your team

Finding the gap to help your team

The idea of finding a gap was one that was initially taught to me by Coach Izzo’s college coach Stephen Kirk. He pulled aside follow one of our practices and explained to me how he saw that our team was missing someone who would do the dirty work. Our team needed someone who would commit themselves to playing defense, rebounding and grabbing every loose ball that hit the floor.

He told me:
You don’t have to be a superstar in order to make a big impact”

That stuck with me and truly shaped how I viewed my role within the program. The more I plugged that gap, the more I played in games. I was lucky that I had someone with an outside perspective that pulled me aside and gave me such good advice; I wasn’t able to see that opportunity while I was in it.

There are 3 things that can help you focus in on where opportunities may be and how you can create your impact on your team.

1. Look for the gaps that you can use your skillset to plug
2. Seek an outside perspective
3. Fully commit to the decision and attack it

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Taking control of your time and clutter in your life – A Conversation with Todd Duckett

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I’ve been extremely luck that I get the chance to sit down and talk to people like Todd Duckett. He’s always offered a great insight into the idea of living authentically and with a focus on a purpose.

Todd opens up about his ideas about time and removing clutter from your mind, body and soul.

I love having this conversation on the podcast because Todd and I have had similar talks in private and I’m excited that I get to share his perspective with everyone.

Get ready to open your mind up on how you can perceive time and passion in your life

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“My staff is my walking stick and my forest is life”

Separation between good and great

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Nicknamed “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher spent nearly two decades as a female sports agent recruiting the top athletes, coaches and media personalities in the game. In 2010, she started her own company, The Molly Fletcher Company, which serves clients through a variety of services, including: keynote speaking, team building programs and online learning.

The Female Sports Agent

Molly made a name for herself as one of the only female sports agents in the industry. Her client list boasted some of the top names in sports, including Tom Izzo, Ernie Johnson, Jr., Matt Kuchar, Doc Rivers, John Smoltz, Joe Theismann and hundreds more. She represented Major League Baseball stars, PGA and LPGA golfers, college and world championship coaches, and media personalities during her career as an agent.

Motivational Speaker & Author

A popular keynote speaker, Molly applies lessons learned from her years of experience in the sports industry to the business world. She speaks to audiences around the country on topics related to:

She also travels the country as a team building facilitator, working with both Fortune 500 companies and sports teams to build winning cultures by enhancing trust, transparency and team dynamics.

Molly is the author of three books. Her most recent title, A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done,  is a tactical guide to effective negotiation. She is also the author of The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career, a tactical guide to becoming your own career agent, and The Business of Being the Best, in which she extracts the common traits found in top performers.

In addition, the Molly Fletcher Company provides a full range of services to clients. The Betterment Institute, an online learning platform, teaches relationship-based business development skills. Molly and her team also work with both corporate and sports teams to build healthy and productive cultures.

Awards & Honors

A trailblazer throughout her career, Molly has been honored with numerous awards, including Outstanding Alumni from Michigan State University, 2014 Inspiring Women by the Atlanta Dream, and the 2011 POW! Womenetics Award. Numerous media outlets have featured Molly, including CNN, ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes and Sports Illustrated.

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30 (lessons) From 30 (podcast)


Podcasting has put me into a great position of having the ability to converse and ask questions of a lot of my friends and people I look up too.  I went back through the first 30 podcast that I had done and re-listened with a pad and paper in an attempt to extract some of the knowledge and lessons that people have shared with me.  Give it a listen and hopefully some of this knowledge will be as helpful to you as it has been to me.

A Leadership Conversation with Tom Izzo

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I sat down with my old coach to pick his brain about his leadership philosophies and try to still some of the knowledge he has gained over his many years of coaching.  I haven’t had many chances to sit down and talk with him about some of the things that have shaped his career or the values that he’s built his program on.  Coach Izzo gives a great perspective to how he has approached building his program and what he enjoys most about coaching.

Topics in this episode

Doing extraordinary things

Why coaching?

Entitlement issues

Understanding the importance of seeing the big picture?

The importance of passion

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Sixth Option Podcast – Developing leadership in young student-athletes

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How do you develop young leaders?

The NCAA has a forum for developing student-athletes into leaders.  They bring in students-athletes from all three divisions for conversations and workshops around understanding the tools need to grow into a leadership role.

Today’s guest Chris Stewart has served as a facilitator at this conference as well as launching a company CW leadership that bridges the gap between fitness and leadership development.

In our conversation we touch on tools for leadership, breaking through self imposed obstacles, goal setting and other lessons he’s picked up as a former collegiate athlete and current strength and conditioning coach at Olivet College

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6 Things We Should All Remind Ourselves….Especially Me

I wrote this to myself, I need the reminders

Too often I forget about them or I’ll remind myself but not commit with absolute certainty to doing them. Putting them down on paper and sharing makes them real and not something I just hold in my head.

We all get caught up with verbalizing a goal we’d like to accomplish but when you write it down and you have to look at it…..things change.

Hopefully some of these resonate with you.

Remain Present – Spend time thinking about the future and what your goals may be but don’t do it at the expense of truly enjoying the right now

Be Curious – Being curious opens the doors to discovering so much about yourself. Read and write, listen and speak, think and unthink. Act. Rinse. Repeat (Thanks to Eric Jorgenson for those)

Stay Resilient – Understand that you have to go through a certain level of adversity to fully grow.  True change happens when things are painful, it’s one of the few feedback tools we have that you can get in real time. Embrace it!

Be Forward Facing – Your greatest failures are the things that will propel you towards accomplishment

Swim in the Blue Ocean – There’s a book called Blue Ocean strategy and it say’s that if there are a bunch of sharks all feeding at the same place the ocean will be red and hard to see but if you turn towards the blue ocean there are a lot of opportunities.

Appreciate and Acknowledge – Appreciate the people in your life today and acknowledge it to them. Tell your friends and family you love them, give longer hugs, put your phone down and fully engage with people.


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