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Your Corner Man

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The best coaches and athletes in the world share stories and lessons on life, leadership and career success...and failure. The show is tailored for business men/women, entrepreneurs, leaders, coaches and athletes looking for the information and inspiration they need to take themselves, their careers and/or their teams to the next level. Show host, Coach Bruce Babashan (a.k.a. Your Corner Man), is a world renowned professional boxing trainer and former senior corporate executive. Coach Bruce is a sage, a storyteller, trainer of champions and professional speaker and he brings a rare set of insights and life experiences to every show. We all wish we had our own Corner-Man to help us during the tough fights in life and Coach Bruce is the real deal. As he always says..."not everything is life is about boxing, but everything in boxing is about life." Listen to "Your Corner Man" and get ready for the fight ahead.

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The best coaches and athletes in the world share stories and lessons on life, leadership and career success...and failure. The show is tailored for business men/women, entrepreneurs, leaders, coaches and athletes looking for the information and inspiration they need to take themselves, their careers and/or their teams to the next level. Show host, Coach Bruce Babashan (a.k.a. Your Corner Man), is a world renowned professional boxing trainer and former senior corporate executive. Coach Bruce is a sage, a storyteller, trainer of champions and professional speaker and he brings a rare set of insights and life experiences to every show. We all wish we had our own Corner-Man to help us during the tough fights in life and Coach Bruce is the real deal. As he always says..."not everything is life is about boxing, but everything in boxing is about life." Listen to "Your Corner Man" and get ready for the fight ahead.

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Really useful insights and NOT run of the mill!

By gesslr - Apr 02 2020
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I guess I'd sum it up as thoughtful and thought provoking conversations with extraordinary achievers. The insights aren't like the typical stuff you hear. Babashan seems to have a knack for getting his guests to share a deeply personal perspective on why and how they've achieved their level of success. It's like listening in on an intense conversation between friends. Good stuff!

Humble and powerful

By Jim Harshaw - Mar 27 2020
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Unlike many online personalities, Bruce is no fluff. He calls it like he sees it and has the wisdom, experience and credentials to back it up. Forget the other big name guys. Add Your Corner Man to your list of favorites to listen to each week.

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8 Ratings
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Really useful insights and NOT run of the mill!

By gesslr - Apr 02 2020
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I guess I'd sum it up as thoughtful and thought provoking conversations with extraordinary achievers. The insights aren't like the typical stuff you hear. Babashan seems to have a knack for getting his guests to share a deeply personal perspective on why and how they've achieved their level of success. It's like listening in on an intense conversation between friends. Good stuff!

Humble and powerful

By Jim Harshaw - Mar 27 2020
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Unlike many online personalities, Bruce is no fluff. He calls it like he sees it and has the wisdom, experience and credentials to back it up. Forget the other big name guys. Add Your Corner Man to your list of favorites to listen to each week.
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Your Corner Man

Latest release on Nov 18, 2020

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The best coaches and athletes in the world share stories and lessons on life, leadership and career success...and failure. The show is tailored for business men/women, entrepreneurs, leaders, coaches and athletes looking for the information and inspiration they need to take themselves, their careers and/or their teams to the next level. Show host, Coach Bruce Babashan (a.k.a. Your Corner Man), is a world renowned professional boxing trainer and former senior corporate executive. Coach Bruce is a sage, a storyteller, trainer of champions and professional speaker and he brings a rare set of insights and life experiences to every show. We all wish we had our own Corner-Man to help us during the tough fights in life and Coach Bruce is the real deal. As he always says..."not everything is life is about boxing, but everything in boxing is about life." Listen to "Your Corner Man" and get ready for the fight ahead.

THE FOUR TYPES OF FIGHTERS: Knowing the right one for you will make all the difference!

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The four types (styles) of fighters are: the BULL, the MATADOR, the FOX and the FENCER. Each of these types (styles) can win in any fight, however, to achieve victory the style you select must be "authentic" to you (or your team) and all of the assets inherent to that style must be brought to bare in competition.  This is true in the ring, on the playing field /court and in business.

Choosing the right fight style maximizes your intellect,  temperament, capabilities (resources) and aptitudes. The problem is that far too many athletes, coaches and leaders don't spend the time necessary truly understanding themselves  enough to make the right choice . As a result instead of choosing the right fight style many have no style whatsoever while others choose the style that appeals most to their ego. This is a failure in leadership and one that most often leads to defeat.   

In this show we discuss these four types of fighters, how to know and select the style that is best for you or your team and the consequences when you do not. 

Nov 18 2020

20mins

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Facing Fear & The Art of Risk: Nik Wallenda, World famous aerialist and tightrope walker

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Some people try to run away from their family legacy and forge their own path. Nik Wallenda has been able to make his own path while continuing in his family’s footsteps. While he is seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas aerial entertainers, he has used his determination and focus to defy the odds and take acrobatic stunts further than anyone else ever has. On this week’s episode, I sit down with the 11-time world record holder to discuss his storied career and life performing on the wire. Nik is an inspiring example of how preparation and following your heart can lead you to great achievements. 

During our conversation, we discuss his family’s history and, while he was raised by entertainers, he had to fight to be one himself. We also break down what it’s like to live life on the actual edge, how shake-ups at major television networks nearly cost him the chance to perform a stunt he had prepared two years for, how fear is a constant in his life but also something that motivates him, and what he’s saying to himself when he’s hundreds of feet in the air. You’ll find out how he goes about assembling his team for stunts, the advice he has for rebounding after a tough defeat, and why love is the ultimate teaching tool for him. 

Nik’s new book, Facing Fear: Step Out in Faith and Rise Above What’s Holding You Back, dives into how he’s used fear to overcome some of the toughest situations he’s faced. This episode shares what it means to set goals for yourself, prepare as much as possible for any scenario, and why you must be careful with the kind of noise you let into your mind. This is an inspirational talk and you’ll even hear what Nik still hopes to walk over across the globe.

Nov 12 2020

58mins

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Do you want to sell ice cream or do you want to be a coach?

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Nick Saban once said... "If you want to make everyone happy, don't be a leader; sell ice cream."  
Thats damn right! 

There are far too many coaches who don't understand the role of a coach/leader or its responsibilities.  Far too many coaches feel that making their players happy and being liked by their athletes are as important as what you teach and produce. Too many coaches feel "trying hard" is enough and being liked is the goal...and they are wrong.  

Real coaching is the process of teaching people how to be successful. Its not always fun and often times it means your athletes (employees) wont always "like" you during the process.  A coaches job means teaching his/her athletes how to be successful....successful on the score board, successful as high character human beings and successful in understanding  how to build programs that produce winning and repeatable results. Thats what coaching is about. 

If you're  a coach who feels your job is to be friends with your athletes then you don't understand the role. If your system, program and process cant produce successful results then you are not a good coach. 

When you are a coach you have to trust that, in time, your athletes will come to love you for what you taught them, for the person you were and what you sacrificed for them    

Q: Are you a real coach or not! Are you in it for the right reason? 

Oct 28 2020

21mins

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There’s nothing else I ever wanted to be: Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, former WBA Lightweight champion

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Ray Mancini is a self-proclaimed “product of his environment.” Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, he took the blue-collar work ethic that is engrained in that town and brought it to the ring. This week’s episode gave me the delight of sitting down with Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, a former WBA Lightweight title holder, and talking about many different ideals of sports and life. In our conversation, we discuss how his father’s service in World War II led Ray’s drive to win a title for him, how growing up “on the streets” taught him what he needed to know about life, what it means to prepare for a fight mentally, and how intestinal fortitude can’t be taught.

We dive into how dishonesty ultimately ends up hurting you the most, how living with his trainer helped Ray land into the mindset of a fighter, how the support from his parents paved the way for his own parenting style, and how visualizing your goals can ultimately lead you to them. This is an inspirational talk with plenty of life lessons to take away. Ray is a great storyteller and speaker who takes the lessons he learned as a boxer and applies them to his everyday life. Tune into this special episode and find out how to get a “Doctorate in life” from Ray. 

Oct 21 2020

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The 10-Truths: How to build an unbeatable team (culture)

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What if I told you there were 10 things you could know about every person before you ever met them? What if I told you that knowing what these 10 things are could help you connect with your players/employees at a deeper more profound level and also help you to build an unbeatable team culture. 

Well it's true and I discovered The 10 Truths over the past twenty-plus years coaching some of the best athletes in the world and before that as a top business executive. 

The "Ten Truths" represents the 10 primary emotional and core motivators every person brings with them to every team or organization they become part of.  Each one of the ten is important, however, each person values each one of the ten things differently. The key is knowing what they are and how to use them. 

The Ten Truths is not a skill set, a trick or sick game strategy...it is insight and a roadmap   that can help you build an unbeatable team!

Oct 14 2020

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The Magic in the Eyes: Gerry Cooney, former heavyweight boxing title contender

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What Gerry Cooney knows now about boxing is so much more than he knew when he was fighting. It’s why he’s passionate about giving back to the sport and he’s hoping he can help some people find themselves along the way. What made him a great boxer can be taught but what makes him a great person has to be found within.

We’re back with Season 3 of Your Corner Man with what’s sure to be a highlight of this season. Former heavyweight boxer and title contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney stops by the podcast to talk about his path to currently being a trainer and how he started boxing in the first place. Over the next hour, you’ll hear about how Gerry’s family, and his father in particular, led him to the gym, how fear played a part in him missing out on Olympic dreams, how his career was impacted by not being promoted by Don King, the fateful heavyweight title fight against Larry Holmes, and what it meant to him to train.

Oct 07 2020

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Pain or Injury

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There is a fine line but a big distinction between pain and injury. As a coach and/or leader its your job to be aware of and know how to treat and respond to both. Go too hard in either direction and you can do more harm than good. Don't go hard enough and the team and the business will suffer. Knowing the difference and how to handle it is a skill and one of the artful elements of great leadership. This episode explores the difference between pain and injury, offers some advice on dealing with them and will give you confidence in the decisions you make. 

Sep 30 2020

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COACH-ABILITY - What every leader, athlete and parent need to hear.

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Young people who can't be coached or who don't learn how to be coached as children often grow up to lack the leadership skills needed for longterm life, career and business success.  Parents who don't allow their kids be coached (often coached hard) sometimes cheat their children out of one of the main befits participating is sports has to offer.  Businesses everywhere struggle with young employees who have never learned to be coached and therefore struggle with authority. In other cases young brilliant business minds fail as leaders because they were never learned how to be good followers and therefore can't lead effectively when they are called upon to do so.  This is an introduction to the topic and it will be highlighted in more detail in future episodes. 

Sep 23 2020

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"The Marshmallow Study" and The Power of Delayed Gratification

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In 1972 Stanford Univ. conducted a study to try and better understand and asses the impact "delayed gratification" plays in our lives. The study followed the subjects for twenty+ years and the results were stunning... and a powerful message to us all. This episode is about that study, what leaders and coaches need to know and what it tells us about ourselves and how to attain longterm happiness in life and repeatable success in sports and business.  

Sep 16 2020

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Top Takeaways from Season 2: Part-2

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Top Takeaways from Season 2: Part 2

Picking up where I left off last week, it’s time to revisit the backend of this season’s podcast episodes from THE COACHES. There were coaches from college and pro football, Hall of Fame boxing trainers, Olympic coaches, and speed gurus on the final five episodes, so there’s plenty to learn from this week’s episode. The vital lessons that I look back on from these fascinating conversations range from how to manage a crisis, how to choose your staff to best align with your message, how to pick yourself and those around you up after a loss, and why being able to adapt as a leader is so important in the long run. You’ll hear from Shepard University head football coach Ernie McCook, Strength and Conditioning coach for USA Weightlifting, Tim Swords, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, legendary boxer and boxing trainer Buddy McGirt, and the founder and CEO of The Sport and Speed Institute, Justin Kavanaugh, as they discuss what it means to them to be a coach. Take a listen and I hope you’ve enjoyed Season 2: THE COACHES and are looking forward to the next season of Your Corner Man.

Ernie McCook -July 29, 2020

Takeaways

  • 4:48 – A shared experience that is devoted to solving a problem together as a team is valuable. 
  • 8:27 – Communication is the key. You don’t want to micromanage, so you need to be clear and precise with your expectations. Have compassion and empathy but get your point across.
  • 13:48 – You cannot separate yourself from your organization and the people within it.

Tim Swords - August 4, 2020 

Takeaways

  • 15:52 – It’s so important to find your passion, the thing that speaks to you. Your life won’t be fulfilled without i
  • 20:15 – Take the time to shake the hand of everyone in your organization. Show them the respect that they deserve. 
  • 21:43 – Always remember that your words can be extremely powerful, no matter the conversation.

Dan Quinn-August 12, 2020 

Takeaways

  • 24:15 – Be your true authentic self and, if you don’t act that way, people can tell. If you want to be a leader, you have to live your life a certain way. 
  • 27:16 – Your staff has to be loyal, as everyone needs to believe in the same message. You have to hire people who are dedicated to excellence and who will live up to your standards.


Buddy McGirt - August 19, 2020

Takeaways

  • 31:29 – When things go wrong and you take a loss, do you have what it takes to rebound? Is the talent and courage still there to dig yourself out of a hole? The elements of success must remain for you to make a comeback. 
  • 37:02 – You have to be able to change as a leader. You’re going to develop a deeper sense of empathy. You won’t be the same leader you were even a few years ago. 
  • 40:44 – Not every person is the same and you need to find them where they are at. You have to be adaptive as a coach.

Justin Kavanaugh - August 26, 2020
Takeaways

  • 42:24 – Sometimes, business is organized chaos. You have to be flexible, as things won’t always go according to script.

Sep 09 2020

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Top Takeaways from Season 2 (THE COACHES) Part 1

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The second season of the podcast was THE COACHES and I had coaches from almost every level of competition come on. From wrestling to boxing to powerlifting to football, there were speakers from all areas of the sporting landscape this season. Each one provided their backgrounds and stories and gave lessons they’ve used to reach their goals. The conversations this season were all powerful and enriching and, for this week’s episode, I’ve highlighted some of my favorite takeaways from each of the first five episodes. You’ll hear from longtime boxing trainer Tom Yankello, former collegiate football coach Rick Neuheisel, one of the most respected strength and conditioning coaches in the world, John Philbin, University of Maryland head wrestling coach Alex Clemsen, and the greatest powerlifter of all time, Ed Coan, about their mentalities, philosophies and how you can use them to improve in your daily life. Let’s revisit some of THE COACHES.

Tom Yankello - Takeaways:

  • 5:07 - Talent plus a devotion to fundamentals will help get you where you want to go. 
  • 6:52 - Stay humble, dedicated to the craft, and recognize what you don’t know well.
  • 9:40 – Reach your goals by staying on your path and your plan.

June 24, 2020: Still Grinding for Greatness https://www.yourcornerman.com/post/still-grinding-for-greatness-coach-tom-yankello


Rick Neuheisel - Takeaways:

  • 15:15 – Fun mixed in at the right time is an integral part in teaching people to take their performance to the next level. 
  • 22:29 – Make everyone feel like an important part of your program. 

July 1, 2020: The Jimmies and Joes https://www.yourcornerman.com/post/the-jimmies-and-joes-rick-neuheisel-speaks


John Philbin - Takeaways:

  • 27:16 – Don’t lead on science and stats alone. Use intuition and life experience to your advantage to create a plan.
  • 30:13 – Leadership is more than knowledge. Who you are is who people are going to buy into.

July 8, 2020: Building toughness, confidence and faith is my job https://www.yourcornerman.com/post/building-toughness-confidence-and-faith-is-my-job-coach-john-philbin

Alex Clemsen - Takeaways:

  • 34:48 – Surround yourself with complete people that are focused on the task at hand.
  • 38:27 – You have to take a total approach to beat the competition. You have to out live them and be a complete person.

July 15, 2020: If you can’t train them, then you out live them! https://www.yourcornerman.com/post/if-you-cant-out-train-them-then-out-live-them-coach-alex-clemsen-u-of-md-head-wrestling-coach

Ed Coan - Takeaways:

  • 43:45 – You need to have a mapped out and simple plan. Complexity can make it difficult. Simplicity is king

July 22, 2020: Don’t complicate success https://www.yourcornerman.com/post/don-t-complicate-success-meet-the-great-ed-coan


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Sep 02 2020

50mins

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It’s all about the athletes; Coach Justin Kavanaugh

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Justin Kavanaugh is a best selling author of the book Man Up. Coach Kav has trained over 50,000 athletes and helped prepare hundreds of College and future NFL players for their combine and pro days. He is regarded as one of the top speed experts in the country. Coach Kav has worked with Olympic Gold Medalist, elite professional boxers and UFC Heavyweight Champions. 

Coach Kavanaugh knows he’s not a pastor or a preacher. He’s a coach through and through. He believed he would coach someday but never thought he would get into it as young as he did. Once he became a coach full time, he pulled from the lessons he learned from his mentors to shape his own coaching philosophies.

In this week’s episode, I sit down with the founder and CEO of The Sport and Speed Institute to discuss what being a coach means to both of us. We discuss how a devastating injury ended Justin’s football playing career and shifted his focus to the coaching side. You’ll hear about Justin’s plan for building a culture in a program, what traits coaches look for in athletes, what it’s like to get players ready for the NFL combine, and how he uses his regrets as a coach to make him better.

This discussion gets passionate and personal as we dive deep into the mindset of one of the world’s top speed gurus. Justin even turns the tables and poses me some questions at the tail end of our talk. Authenticity and creating an environment to learn from are two of the big pillars of Justin’s ideals and you’re sure to come away from this talk with better ideas for yourself on how to lead. 

Hear Justin open up about striving to help athletes keep their drive and flame going, why the messages from movies like A Bronx Tale and Dead Poets Society hold up, how you must believe in what you’re teaching, and why you need to be comfortable with your internal story rather than the one you have to brag about. This episode is a must-listen for people from all walks of life, as it gets down to the root of life’s success: getting the best out of yourself.

LESSONS FOR LEADERS

1) Coaching is telling somebody something that is unknown and unnatural and getting them to do it. 2) You must fight through pain, especially the pain that makes it harder to think. 3) Communication skills are a vital attribute for any great leader. 4) If you oversee people older than you in age, finding what works to relate to them is a key to the relationship. 5) Take in lessons from the people around you. You never know where a valuable insight might come from. 6) You have to live what you preach to be authentic. You can’t preach what you don’t believe in. 7) Bring the things that could potentially beat you into your building to make you better. 8) Some people will take the directions you give them and go with it, while others need to be pushed to stay motivated. 9) Be accountable for your actions and for the people you work with. 10) Throw your heart and soul into your passion, even though sometimes it’s not going to work. You want to be proud of your effort. 11) Everyone falls back on their training. Make sure yours is worth falling back on. 12) It is necessary to live with your regrets so you can learn from them. 13) Finding what fuels you to be a leader is a must.

Aug 26 2020

1hr 5mins

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Cornerman - HOF trainer Buddy McGirt talks big wins, big losses, comebacks, building and ending careers.

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In Season 1, we had James “Buddy” McGirt on to discuss his legendary boxing career and how he got started in the sport. To go along with our theme of Season 2, we had Buddy back on to discuss how he became a Hall of Fame boxing trainer. 

There are a lot of trainers that were boxers themselves and that’s with good reason. They are able to see what makes a good fighter and they are keen to insights during a fight that boxing fans and announcers aren’t. In this week’s sit down, Buddy and I discuss how he started training other boxers while he was still fighting, when he started training fighters for Don King, just what it takes to help a fighter rebound after taking a tough loss, and what goes into the decision to call a fight. Buddy touches on his hard decision to call a fight for his fighter, Maxim Dadashev, who ended up dying shortly after the fight and how his decision was applauded by those in the boxing community but it sticks with him to this day. 

We break down how you know when your fighter is ready for the next step, his evolution during his coaching career, how his regrets have made him the man he is now, and what his plans are for the next 5-10 years (hint: he doesn’t expect to stop training any time soon.) As with any coaches, there is so much advice to be gathered from Buddy, who has a unique ability to garner trust from his athletes. He talks about why getting an education is so important, how adapting as a communicator makes getting through to people easier, and that not everybody can be taught the same way.

Listen to me go a few rounds of conversation with Buddy and learn why you never want him to give you a cigar.  

LESSONS FOR LEADERS

1) Get an education. You always need lessons to fall back on. Educate yourself on money. 2) After suffering a setback, you have to be able to get back up and put it behind you. 3) Thinking too much can be a bad thing. You have to trust yourself and your instincts. 4) Sometimes you have to be the person to tell someone to move on. You don’t want to be a part of the destruction of a person, so you want to be a part of the next step in their life.  5) Self-awareness is important as a leader. It is difficult to develop that, but those who have it can lead. 6) If you see a noticeable change in someone, you should reward with a shot or challenge. You have to give people a chance to prove they are ready for more. 7) There are different ways to get the best out of people. It’s up to you as a leader to be able to read them and figure out what motivational tools work. 8) You aren’t going to be able to get through to everyone right away. Don’t get discouraged. Go home and come back with a solution. 

Aug 19 2020

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Atlanta Falcons, Head Coach - Dan Quinn: A fighter’s mentality and the heart of a hustler.

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Growing up as an athlete, Dan Quinn realized early on that he wanted to pay back the coaches from his playing days by becoming a coach himself and passing on the lessons they instilled in him. Coach Quinn made the choices he had to in his life to become successful and reach his ultimate dream of coaching in the NFL. But he didn’t get there alone, and he had a lot of influences along the way. 

In this week’s interview, the Atlanta Falcons head coach and I sit down and discuss how his dream of teaching elementary school children and coaching high school football evolved into what would eventually become success as a head coach in the NFL. We talk about how working for coaching legends like Jimmye Laycock, Bill Walsh, Nick Saban, and Pete Carroll have shaped him and his philosophies of how to act as the head of a team and organization.

Having mental toughness and an immense work ethic are two of the key qualities Quinn believes has led to him achieving the success that he has enjoyed. He has a passion for passing down core values to his coaching staff and players and is eager to share. We talk about how he has evolved as a leader, how everyone in an organization plays their own important role, where he finds his joy amid the everyday grind of NFL, what are characteristics he looks for in assistant coaches, and what advice he’d like young coaches to know. He even gives us his current outlook of whether or not an NFL season is going to happen this fall.

The interview with Coach Quinn speaks to the many motivational ideals that people can use on the football field or in the board room. This week’s conversation should not be missed. 

LESSONS FOR LEADERS

1) There are people who have a singular mindset versus a team-focused mindset and that is a good thing. You can still think as a part of a team but keep yourself to a higher standard if you feel you didn’t do your part. 2) Set goals and don’t be afraid to make sacrifices for them. If you can go for it, you should. 3) Be authentic. People can tell when other people aren’t being real. 4) Be consistent with everyone in the organization. 5) As the top leader, you need to coach those around you so that the message gets passed down to the rest of the staff. 7) However high the standard you set, you better live up to it. 8) Once you know what you have when it pertains to your employees or group, you need to figure out how to motivate each of them. There isn’t one way that works for everyone. 9) Every person in the organization wants to know where they stand. It’s up to you to communicate that to them. 10) You have to be willing to adjust as the landscape in business is ever changing. 11) Learn from your losses. You’re not going to win them all. 

Aug 12 2020

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Find Your Passion: Coach Tim Swords: TEAM USA -Weightlifting

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Some people are born to be coaches. Tim Swords, a Strength and Conditioning coach for USA Weightlifting and the founder of Team Houston has been coach for over 30 years officially, but his early days of coaching can be traced back to his small workout area in his parents’ basement in West Virginia. It was there that he found a passion for strength and weight training and, since then, he has never stopped learning and evolving. 

In this week’s interview, Coach Swords and I sit down and discuss how picking up a magazine at age 12 led to his interest in weightlifting and how his brothers and father played a large role in his athletic childhood. We talk about how two College Football Hall of Fame coaches (Bear Bryant and Pat Dye) shaped his youth as a football player but also as a man. 

He has trained Olympic medalists and has coached and helped over 200 weightlifters reach national championships, while guiding 58 to a title. But he still believes it all boils down to a dedication of being “a teacher” as a coach and helping his athletes find their passion. We’ll discuss how a trip to see Navy Seals train helped him find his coaching style, what the downfalls of over-coaching are, what kind of culture he has in his gym, and how there’s a romantic side of coaching. He tells some great stories, including how to avoid a Chechnyan jail. 

This week’s conversation is a must-listen for anybody, as we discuss how discovering your passion is a key to life.

Aug 04 2020

1hr 7mins

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We are family: Ernie McCook, Head Football Coach, Shepard University approach to team-building and success.

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Some coaches build football teams while others build football families. Coach Ernie McCook, the Head Football Coach at Shepard University in West Virginia, is winning and doing it the right way. He has found peace in his life and built a football family and in the process turned the D-II program into a national football powerhouse along the way.  

In this weeks interview Coach McCook and I sit down and talk coaching, life, leadership and the secrets to success both on and off the filed. We discuss his early childhood influences and the men and women that helped him establish his approach and philosophies as a coach and a man.  We discuss how Coach McCook found peace in his life and how he feels finding his place in the world has been the true blessing in his life.   

A self described "player coach" learn how Coach McCook goes about the process of family building in his program, the importance to building good character and how he went about build an organizational culture that is hard to beat.  We'll discuss Coach McCook’s philosophies on discipline, mentoring and how you recruit in today’s hyper-competitive environment. 

This is a powerful talk about for every coach and business leader about finding success in both your career and in your life.  



Jul 29 2020

1hr 8mins

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DON'T COMPLICATE SUCCESS - My talk with Ed Coan, the greatest powerlifter of all time.

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There are so many “systems” to attaining success out there is hard to filter thru them all.  Yet, every once in a while you meet someone who reminds us of what’s really important and how to achieve at the highest levels. So is the case with this weeks guest Ed Coan.

Ed Coan is considered by most as the greatest power-lifter of all time. During his career he set 71 world records and won the world champions countless times. Ed is respected and revered by his peers and a high sought after coach. Looking back over his career  you might assume Ed has some unique training system or approach to his success…but you’d be wrong. In fact when you talk to Ed you quickly discover an unsettling simplicity to his approach. You quickly discover there is no secret system, no mad scientist methods, to gurus… just the basics/fundamentals, repeated over and over in an orderly, predictable detailed plan. In fact Ed’s philosophy is so simple that, at first, it will leave you a little empty and wanting…until you take a moment to truly appreciate and understand the genius and power of his message. DON’T COMPLICATE SUCCESS! 

The other thing you find when you talk with Ed is that his approach matches the man. When you talk or meet Ed you instantly see he’s highly intelligent, dedicated, focused, detailed oriented and just a really nice, simple, honest guy. What’s interesting is that Ed’s philosophy and approach to success match his entire “affect” as a person. In fact his approach matches his personality perfectly and this is another important lesson for us all. BE WHO YOU ARE.

Jul 22 2020

51mins

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If you cant out train them then out live them! - Coach Alex Clemsen (University Maryland Head Wrestling Coach)

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oach Alex Clemsen is a realist and an honest man and he is also the new Head Coach for the University of Maryland 's wrestling program. Its a big job and if you are a wrestling coach it's a dream job as well! In this episode, Coach Bruce sits down with Coach  Clemsen to discuss his plans for the program, his philosophies, challenges and expectations . In the discussion Coach Clemsen discusses his philosophy of teaching the "whole athlete" and how "out living your opponent" and doing the hard work the right way is the only way to success in todays hyper competitive  world. Coach Clemsen discusses his desire  to build not only great athletes but also good men ad his hopes that his athletes will  impact their community long after leaving his program. 

In addition to this Coach Clemsen  also discusses his ideas about program building and the type of athlete he is looking to bring to the program as well. Known in the sport as an "elite recruiter "Coach Clemsen discusses his belief that the best way to build a program is to  recruit  both highly talented athletes with high character and values as well. Coach Clemsen discusses the fact that he spends as much time learning about each athletes talents as he does learning about their character, their focus on academics, how they treat other people and their commitment to excellence both in and out of the gym.

In addition to this Coach Clemsen also shares how he went about building his staff and how he was looking for assistants willing to commit to the level excellence he requires and in turn how he allows "his guys" to flex their strengths by giving them a sense of ownership in the program as well.

This is a talk for every coach or leader building a program and looking for ideas they can immediately put to work on their own team on in their own business!  

Jul 15 2020

1hr 8mins

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Building toughness, confidence and faith: Coach John Philbin

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"To me, beside the obvious, one of the most important roles a great strength &  conditioning coach plays is building a culture of toughness and the internal faith and confidence athletes must have to achieve at the highest level."

John Philbin is a former member of the USA Olympic Team and is one of the most respected Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the world. With over 35 years of hands-on-experience John has worked with elite athletes from a wide variety of sports giving John a treasure trove of insight and knowledge to share in our conversation. During his career Coach Philbin has worked with the University of Maryland, the New York Yankees, Washington Redskins and as the Director of Conditioning & Performance for the USA Olympic Training Center. The list of individual athletes who turned to John for help also reads like a who’s who in sports and includes such names as: Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Max Scherzer, and Jordan Zimmermann to name but a small few.

Philbin's experience in such a wide rage of competitive environments, working with a wide array of athletes with different personalities and needs have given John insights on coaching effectiveness, success and leadership that few other coaches in his role can claim.

Friends for over 20+ years stay tuned as Coach Bruce and John talk about the art of coaching, the art of motivation and what Coach Philbin has learned over all these years working at the very top of his industry.  

Jul 08 2020

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The Jimmies and Joes: Coach Rick Neuheisel speaks

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Rick Neuheisel served as the Head Football Coach at the University of Colorado, the University of Washington and his alma mater, the storied UCLA. During his career Coach Neuheisel became a highly respected coach among his peers and compiled a career record of 87–59 taking his teams to multiple major bowl appearances.  In addition to the college game Rick also served as the QB Coach with the Baltimore Ravens for two seasons and offensive coordinator for one. Most recently Coach Neuheisel served as the Head Coach for the Arizona Hotshots of the recently defunct Alliance of American Football (AAF). Today Coach Neuheisel is a commentator on CBS's College Game Day and can be also heard on his XM/SIRUS radio show "FULL RIDE" which aires each afternoon from 2-3PM.

Coach Neuheisel sums up his philosophy on coaching in one simple phrase:  "Coaching is not just about the Xs and Os but it's also about the Jimmies and Joes."  A successful, highly respected, winning coach who believes that the way to success is by caring for your athletes first and winning and losing second. 

Stay tuned to learn Coach Neuheisel's thought son coaching success, leadership and the role and responsibility of coaches in todays every changing and stressful environment.  More detailed notes below...

Jul 01 2020

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Really useful insights and NOT run of the mill!

By gesslr - Apr 02 2020
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I guess I'd sum it up as thoughtful and thought provoking conversations with extraordinary achievers. The insights aren't like the typical stuff you hear. Babashan seems to have a knack for getting his guests to share a deeply personal perspective on why and how they've achieved their level of success. It's like listening in on an intense conversation between friends. Good stuff!

Humble and powerful

By Jim Harshaw - Mar 27 2020
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Unlike many online personalities, Bruce is no fluff. He calls it like he sees it and has the wisdom, experience and credentials to back it up. Forget the other big name guys. Add Your Corner Man to your list of favorites to listen to each week.