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The Message Makeover Podcast: An Interview with Olympic Sailing Coach Luther Carpenter

“If you don’t hear these words and understand their importance, we are not going to get ‘there.’ And in my world, getting ‘there’ is winning a gold medal.” ~Luther Carpenter, US Olympic Sailing Coach Coaching people to elite performance is hard, under any circumstances. But it is especially hard at the Olympic Games, where you are […]

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George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018

On November 30, America and the world lost a great man and a good man, with the passing of our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush. His passing gives us the excuse to examine him and his legacy… and to take a good, hard look in the mirror. President Bush (often referred to as “41”) […]

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Build “Muscle Memory” and Overcome Speaking Anxiety

How do you get better at hitting a golf ball? By hitting golf balls. How do you get better at riding a bike? By riding a bike. How do you get better at anything? By practicing and repetition… by building up a comfort level… by building up muscle memory. And some good coaching along the way […]

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Start Well and Eliminate Excuses – It’s Competitive Out There!

This post was written by Dan Cooney, Director of Coaching and Senior Facilitator at The Latimer Group. I’m a sailor and I compete locally, often teaming up with family and friends on Thursday nights. We are trying to win, for sure, but the laughs and camaraderie are central to the exercise.  Recently, we competed in […]

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Managing the Ego in the Workplace

My wife Emily and I have recently been going through some old files in our basement, clearing some stuff out and making some much-needed room in an already-crowded basement. And whenever one starts opening boxes from long ago, two things always seem to happen. You find some stuff, and wonder “why did I ever keep […]

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The Formula for High Performance

Olympic sports have been a big part of my professional life. I served as the Chairman of the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Programs, which means I led the organization responsible for all aspects of Olympic and Paralympic sailing in the United States. It was a big job, and one I enjoyed greatly. I recall a […]

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Can You Make it Simpler, Daddy?

I had an interesting conversation with my five-year-old son over the holiday. He asked me to explain something about sailing (which, of course, made his Dad smile). He doesn’t yet know how to sail on his own, but I’ve taken him out many times, and he loves it. He talks about boats all the time, […]

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Be Specific About the Tasks You Need to Succeed

As some of you may already know, I spent several years training for the 2000 US Olympic Sailing Team that competed in Sydney, Australia. My teammates and I eventually finished 2nd at the Trials and failed to qualify for the team. But it was a life-changing process that I still value today, nearly 20 years […]

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How to Be A Great Teammate

I spoke at my former university recently, as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the school’s sailing team, which I’d been part of at one time. The organizers asked me to say a few words about team building and team culture, as they know it’s a subject I’ve been spending a lot of time […]

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