Summary of “How to Unlock Your Team’s Creativity”

If a team is creatively blocked, a first step for leadership is to examine whether the processes that surround people are holding them hostage in their thinking.
Reveal “Sticky floors.” Everyone possesses the foundation to become creative, which starts with team members believing in themselves as idea generators who have the ability to become a compelling voice for creative concepts.
As a leader, part of your role in managing teams is to use emotional intelligence to determine whether any team members are unknowingly holding themselves back from tapping into their talents and full potential.
If even one person hides their creative light under a bushel, the whole team suffers.
Take a proactive approach to address this issue: help the team member become aware of the sticky floor, and offer coaching and support around expressing innovative ideas within the team setting.
As part of coaching team members off of their sticky floors, it’s key to help them understand how to develop a growth mindset.
When encountering a sticky floor related to creativity, leaders should coach team members, explaining how the internal belief that they can become more creative helps them continue to develop their skills over time, learning from their mistakes and making improvements.
The goal of getting your team to think beyond the box is a no-brainer, but figuring out how to actually achieve greater group innovation isn’t.

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Summary of “Why The NFL Can’t Rely On Defense”

A week later, Joey Bosa and the emerging Chargers defense were dismantled by the Patriots, and the Cowboys – perhaps the best defensive team left in the divisional round based on their end-of-season play – lost to the Rams.
Extracting the strong defensive teams with relatively weak offenses led to historically exciting playoff football, producing two overtime games in the championship round for the first time in NFL history.
Teams are more reliably good – and bad – from game to game and year to year on offense than on defense.
Home teams win about 73 percent of their games when they are plus-1 in turnover differential, according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, and the home team win rate climbs to more than 86 percent when it’s plus-2 or better.
Despite their clear importance, the number of turnovers a team creates in one season has no bearing on how many turnovers the team will create in the next.
Casting even more doubt on their ability to field an elite defense in back-to-back years, Chicago also lost its defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio, who left to become the head coach in Denver, further destabilizing the strength of the team.
Philadelphia led the league in QB hits but not sacks Total quarterback hits, sacks and expected sacks for teams’ defensive lines in the regular season, 2018.
If these teams generate similar pressure next season, we shouldn’t be surprised to see their sack totals rise just based on reversion to the mean.

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Summary of “Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy has a football team so good, no one in its league will play it”

The best high school football team in Maryland, and maybe the nation, plays its games in a public park in Baltimore.
No one in their private-school league would play them.
“We’re going to make it no different for a kid to go to St. Frances than we are for a kid to go to any great school.” Other prep schools had big endowments and rich alumni.
The school would no longer play St. Frances in football because, officials charged, the two institutions did not share the goal of “a safe and healthy competitive environment.” A day later, Calvert Hall followed suit, citing the “Size and athletic disparity” between the teams.
Another countered in support of the boycotters: “I don’t blame ’em. St. Frances recruits grown men to play against kids.” References to the players’ “Size” and jabs about their being “Grown men” sounded racially coded to the supporters of St. Frances, whose team, like the school, is nearly all black.
The school’s coaches had wanted to play some nationally prominent football teams while remaining in league competition.
He couldn’t play football until he paid tuition, so St. Frances offered him a scholarship.
The MIAA’s Dove hopes that he and the board of directors can come to a decision soon, so that member schools can “Get back to normalcy next year without all the distraction.” The goal is to have St. Frances continue participating in other MIAA sports but let the varsity football team be independent.

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Summary of “What Your Innovation Process Should Look Like”

In reality, for innovation to contribute to a company or government agency, it needs to be designed as a process from start to deployment.
Innovation sourcing: Over a period of days, a group generates a list of problems, ideas, and technologies that might be worth investing in.
Prioritization: Once a list of innovation ideas has been refined by curation, it needs to be prioritized.
One of the quickest ways to sort innovation ideas is to use the McKinsey Three Horizons Model.
Horizon 1 ideas provide continuous innovation to a company’s existing business model and core capabilities.
For each idea, the innovation team fills out a business model – or for the government, mission model – canvas.
Fixing organizational debt means “Refactoring” the team – the innovation team that built the prototype may not be the right team to take it to scale, and is more valuable starting the next innovation initiative.
Innovation requires a rigorous process.

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Summary of “Are Your High Expectations Hurting Your Team?”

During a recent interview with a member of my client’s executive team, a leader said to me, “Nothing I do is ever good enough for [the CEO]. We’re all starting to ask ourselves why we bother trying.” When I later debriefed the assessment findings with the CEO, she said, “People consistently disappoint me. It’s always been that way. I have high standards. That’s why I get the results that I do.”
It’s often not just your direct reports you hold to an unreasonably high standard.
If the narrative is one of inadequacy or you struggle to take pride in your accomplishments and abilities, it may be a sign that your high standards have warped your own self-perception.
In their book, Impossible to Please, Neil Lavender and Alan Cavailoa write, “When you find yourself working with or for a controlling perfectionist, it’s common to feel angry and frustrated or even worse, you feed into their hypercriticism and begin to feel inferior, like you can’t do anything right.” If your high standards are causing others to feel inadequate, eventually they lose confidence and stop trying.
I asked my CEO client who wasn’t aware of the consequences stemming from her high standards, “Do members of your team know what you value about each of them?” She couldn’t answer definitively.
Perfectionistic leaders often don’t communicate their “High standards” until others miss their expectations.
Being honest about what you base your expectations on, and clearly conveying them to others in a timely manner, ensures your standards aren’t just high, but realistic and fair.
If your standards are too harsh, inadvertently hurting others, find out why, and learn to use your discontent for the good of those you lead..

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Summary of “Destroying myths about eight 2018 NFL playoff teams in divisional round”

After 18 weeks of football, it’s incredible to think there are still unknowns and mysteries surrounding the remaining playoff teams.
Let’s destroy one myth for each of the eight remaining playoff teams, starting with what happened Sunday.
The Saints were actually better on the road, outscoring teams by 10.4 points per game away from home and 8.5 points per contest in New Orleans.
Throw out the Panthers game and the Saints outscored visiting teams by 12.4 points per game, which is better, but a 1.0-point home-field advantage would still be well below the league average.
I have a whole list of Patriots myths I want to evaluate in a column one day, but one classic trope surrounding the Belichick-era Patriots is that they bend without breaking, giving up easy yards before shutting down opposing teams in the red zone.
Why would a team want to just let a team move the ball into field goal range? If it were something the Patriots were doing, wouldn’t Bill Belichick want them to stop teams earlier in possessions and get the ball back in Brady’s hands? Belichick certainly preaches the value of stopping opposing teams in the red zone, but so does every other defensive coach in football.
With a big lead, teams can play prevent and allow teams to rack up yardage as long as they burn clock.
They were only 24th in the NFL in keeping opposing teams out of their red zone, but once inside, they held opponents to 4.6 points per red zone trip, which was a more impressive 13th. Can the Rams beat the surging Cowboys with field goals and big plays? Will Gurley be back to his old tricks? We won’t know until we see the star back with the ball in his hands Saturday night.

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Summary of “The NFL’s Home-Field Advantage Is Real. But Why?”

As the NFL playoffs approach, teams will be competing hard down the stretch to secure home-field advantage for at least one postseason game.
It’s also the reason teams like the Rams and Saints, who have comfortably locked up a playoff spot and even home field for their first playoff game, will risk injury to their starters as they chase home field for a potential conference championship game.
Home teams average 4.37 yards per carry while road teams average 4.27, a tenth of a yard less.
The relative benefits to the home team are magnified if we look at rushing expected points added, which account for game context like down, distance and field position.
058 for home teams, but it is slightly less negative of a proposition for the home team.
We might expect more false start penalties to be called on the away team in a hostile, loud environment than the home team.
From 2009 through Week 15 of 2018, false start penalties were called on 1.4 percent of all home team plays and 1.34 percent of road team plays.
Road teams were penalized for a false start on 1.44 percent of such plays, while home teams were penalized at a nearly identical – but still higher – rate of 1.47 percent.

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Summary of “How to transition from managing yourself to managing others”

I learned a lot of things the hard way through trial and error, success and failure-but also by reading a lot: books about management, stories about teams and culture, and articles by others who went through the same transition from maker to manager as I did.
Say goodbye to your work and say hello to your team.
As a manager you need to put the company first, your team second, and your team members last.
You could easily find yourself with an amazing team, building something that doesn’t move the needle in any way for the company.
I learned how important it is to be open and honest, and to build trust in my team, and to encourage discussions.
Your job as a manager is to make the life of your team easier and to move obstacles out of their way.
The Manager’s Path by Camille FournierAwesome overview of the what roles an engineering team normally has, and what the expectations in those job might be.
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick LencioniI would call this my favorite book when it comes to building great teams.

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Summary of “The Ringer’s 45 Favorite Sports Moments of 2018”

There were three seconds left in the game, and the score was tied; less than two minutes earlier, Notre Dame had been down by five; less than a quarter before that, Notre Dame had been down by 15; and in the semifinal game, against a Connecticut team that was supposed to have broken Notre Dame’s jaw on the way to another title, Ogunbowale hit a game-winner, and so everyone figured that she’d used up all of the magic that the universe had afforded her.
Max Muncy Walks Off a World Series Fever Dream Craig Gaines: Midway through the second epoch of the third game of the 2018 World Series, a dinosaur appeared in the Prince.
Belgium Beats Japan With a Perfect Counterattack Shaker Samman: This summer’s World Cup was filled with moments that elicited pure elation, but none were more emblematic of the best version of the beautiful game than Belgium’s game-winning strike that completed a comeback win over Japan in the round of 16.
Shuster’s team started the 2018 Games 2-4, with losses to Italy and Japan.
Team USA needed to sweep the final three games of the round-robin tournament to make the medal round, including a game against Canada, which had won the past three gold medals.
Donte DiVincenzo Goes Supernova Danny Chau: The 31 points Donte DiVincenzo dropped in the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball national championship game puts him in a tie with Danny Manning and Glen Rice for the ninth-most points ever scored by a single player during the final round.
You’re still sad. But as it just happened, 2018 was the Nats’ turn to host the All-Star Game.
Fergie Sings the National Anthem at All-Star Weekend Daniel Chin: Watching Fergie perform the national anthem at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game was a surreal experience for those watching at home, those watching in the stands at Staples Center, and those standing on the court mere steps from the “Fergalicious” singer.

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Summary of “Home Field Disadvantage”

According to data gathered by Baseball for All, approximately 100,000 girls play baseball at the junior level making up about 2 percent of total players.
Not to play baseball in the major leagues, but to play professionally.
The two most prominent former AAGPL players to attend were Maybelle Blair, who played for the Peoria Redwings, and Shirley Burkovich, who played for the Rockford Peaches, the team popularized in A League of Their Own.
Before the United States played Canada on the second night of the Super Round, Blair and Burkovich made their way down to the field.
“Women have played baseball forever. Girls are playing now.” On August 19, 2014, Mo’ne Davis was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Instead of playing on the world tournament-size field set by WBSC’s own regulations, the World Cup was played on a field 325 feet in every direction.
At the same time, no one seemed to know the tournament was happening despite the fact that the professional women’s softball team, which normally plays in that stadium, average around 2,500 fans at each of their 25 home games every year.
There is a village of people fighting for women’s baseball in America: the Rockford Peaches, the players, the parents of players, the fans.

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