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Connecting Like Never Before

Connecting Like Never Before

Today's episode is all about connection. For teams to reach the necessary level of leadership to reach their potential, we have to spend time investing in deep relationships. As you'll hear Adam share in the episode, we need to move teammate relationships from "we're...

3 Easy Ways to get Greater Buy-In from your Players

3 Easy Ways to get Greater Buy-In from your Players

Part 4 of our Season Set-Up series will give you 3 tangible ways to develop greater buy-in from your team this season. These are easy to understand concepts, but take work and commitment to implement with your team. If done properly, these 3 ideas can be the jumpstart...

The Two Boxes you need to check before your season begins

The Two Boxes you need to check before your season begins

We are back with episode 3 of our Season Set-Up Series, getting your team ready for it's best season ever. Adam and Kyle share two of the most important pieces of communication you need to have with your team BEFORE the season gets into full swing. Checking these...

The Needed Response to those that “Lead by Example”

The Needed Response to those that “Lead by Example”

We are back with Episode 2 of our 6-part Season Set-Up Series designed to help coaches get their team's leadership to a new level this year. This episode is centered around the common leadership style of leading by example, which is how many players would describe how...

The Captain Trap – what you must avoid when selecting captains

The Captain Trap – what you must avoid when selecting captains

Today we begin our 6-part Season Set-Up Series designed to prepare your team for a great start this season. Adam and Kyle cover the crucial aspects of selecting team captains, as well as common traps to avoid that many teams fall in to. This episode will also give you...

Cool vs Care

Cool vs Care

In this leadership breakdown, Adam and Kyle discuss a dilemma kids face with their teammates or friends, which we refer to as Cool vs Care. Kids are more concerned with being "cool" with their teammates, rather than actually "caring" about their teammates. Truly...

Becoming a Champion – Kenneth MacFawn

Becoming a Champion – Kenneth MacFawn

In this episode, we are joined by restaurant owner and World Pizza Champion Kenneth MacFawn. An owner of White Rabbit Gastropub and Rad Pies in Maryland, he recently won Best Deep Dish Pizza in the Las Vegas World Pizza Competition. He brings a different perspective...

How Strong is Your Farm System?

How Strong is Your Farm System?

Today's conversation raises an important question about the future of your program - how strong is your farm system? We know the importance of this system at the professional sports level, with teams pouring money into the development of their young players in hopes...

Creating a School Culture that Produces Greatness

Creating a School Culture that Produces Greatness

We are joined by Ken Byard, Principal of North Muskegon High School (MI), to discuss the incredible school culture he has helped create. From implementing a dedicated school wide leadership program to taking measures against the intense pressure students face in this...

Reshaping Identity – Getting Students to Identify as Leaders

Reshaping Identity – Getting Students to Identify as Leaders

One of the best ways to impact someone and help them reach new levels is to help them change their identity. Getting them to view themselves in a new light may be the first step in their transformation. Helping students begin identifying themselves as leaders is a...

Finding Joy – Where Did all the Joy Go in the Classroom?

Finding Joy – Where Did all the Joy Go in the Classroom?

Today Adam and Kyle discuss the difficult reality of joy leaving classrooms all around the country. With students and teachers are facing many obstacles, it is easy to understand this situation. That being said, can anything be done to bring joy back to the classroom...

The Process to Enhancing a School Culture to Something Special

The Process to Enhancing a School Culture to Something Special

Today we are joined by Shane Oakes, MTSS Coordinator at White River Valley School District (Vermont). Shane has been a huge part of changing his school culture through rolling out a schoolwide leadership program, using the Lead 'Em Up curriculum. While many leadership...

Schoolwide Leadership Changes Everything – Rob Dinsdale

Schoolwide Leadership Changes Everything – Rob Dinsdale

We are joined by Rob Dinsdale, assistant Principal at George Fitton Middle School in Brandon, Manitoba. Rob has 11 years in education, with large leadership roles at both the middle school and high school level. Rob speaks about the differences he's seen in teaching...

Put Your Leadership into Practice: Here’s How

Put Your Leadership into Practice: Here’s How

We are joined again by leadership expert Chris Woodside, this episode to discuss how you can practically get leadership theory into real practice reps. This conversation will help you find ways to get your players the leadership reps they need to improve. You can...

The 4-Roles of Leadership You Need to Know – Chris Woodside

The 4-Roles of Leadership You Need to Know – Chris Woodside

Today we are joined by leadership expert Chris Woodside. Chris is currently a sports management professor and co-facilitator of a leadership academy, as well as an assistant college basketball coach. In his research on leadership, he has outlined four roles of...

Are the Days of “Because I Said So” Over?

Are the Days of “Because I Said So” Over?

As you will hear in today's episode, we believe fear based leadership is the laziest form of leadership. Almost every single person that has heard the phrase, "because I said so" from a coach in their life, which has been a go-to response from coaches for the longest...

Being Mic’d Up is Not Enough

Being Mic’d Up is Not Enough

With college football bowl season and the NFL playoffs close, lots of eyes will be on big games. During these games, players and coaches are sure to see and share viral clips of powerful mic'd up moments of leadership. We love these moments. However, we want players...

GTT – The Minimize/Maximize Dynamic all Players Need to Know

GTT – The Minimize/Maximize Dynamic all Players Need to Know

In this Green Team Talk, we share a critical dynamic all players need to know in regards to their personal success compared to the team success. Teams that trust this concept will maximize their talent level and overachieve this season rather than underachieve.

The Gap Year that Changed Everything for this D1 Athlete

The Gap Year that Changed Everything for this D1 Athlete

Maryland Lacrosse commit Eric Kolar joins the podcast today to share his experience taking a gap year in a post-graduate high school program as he prepares to compete at the highest level. Eric shares his thoughts that went in to the decision to take an extra year of...

You Don’t Own The Players Rights

You Don’t Own The Players Rights

In this episode Adam is joined by Southeast Regional Coach Kyle Elmendorf to share a powerful mind shift coaches should consider when it comes to the expanding nature of the transfer portal. Should all transfer situations be viewed with a negative mindset? Is there an...

Teaching Losing

Teaching Losing

In this episode Adam is joined by Nathan Emrick from Carterville High School in Illinois. Adam and Nathan discuss an uncommon topic in team situations - losing. This conversation covers teaching players how to lose, responding to losing, and more. In a competitive...

Dale Moga

Dale Moga

This episode features Minnesota high school basketball coach Dale Moga, who leads the Houston Hurricanes girls basketball team. Coach Moga took over the Hurricane program that experienced over 40 years of losing records, and has now built a winning culture with state...

The Power of the Classroom

The Power of the Classroom

Today Adam is joined by coaches Eric Sutz and Sean Dooley from Port Washington in Long Island to talk about Classroom Coaching. Eric and Sean share their experiences impacting athletes through transformational coaching in the classroom setting, and how you can do the...

Brooklyn Nets Adam Harrington

Brooklyn Nets Adam Harrington

In this episode we are joined by Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Adam Harrington. Adam has reached the highest level of coaching by building incredible relationships with the players and coaches he has worked with. He shares about his passion for coaching and developing...

Why We Decided to Make a Premium

Why We Decided to Make a Premium

This episode gives an inside look into our newly released, premium subscription. We have added 7 brand new exercises, including Green Team part 2. In addition, this offering features customized "Green Standards" team posters, verified stickers and MVG trophies,...

Reframing Accountability

Reframing Accountability

We get feedback from many coaches about the struggles their team endures when it comes to teammates holding each other accountable. Unfortunately, accountability has a negative connotation, which creates a mental road block for players. In this episode Adam Bradley...

GTT – Extra

GTT – Extra

We can do what is required, or we can do extra. Leaders are always looking for the 'extra' that will elevate their teammates and separate their team from the competition. With this context, can you describe yourself as a leader of your team?

Jennifer Rizzotti

Jennifer Rizzotti

Today Adam is joined by legendary player/coach Jennifer Rizzotti. As a NCAA champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, WNBA champion, and much more, she brings experience and insight for coaches and players to make this one of the best podcast episodes you have experienced. You...

Caleb Parnin

Caleb Parnin

In this episode Adam is joined by state championship soccer coach Caleb Parnin. Caleb is the head coach at North Muskegon High School in Michigan, and helped lead his team to the 2021 Division 4 title. He shares some of the keys that went into their ultimate success,...

Optional vs Mandatory

Optional vs Mandatory

Summer workouts are here, and so are social media posts from coaches about how just as summer workout are optional, so is their decision to give their players playing time. This is an internal struggle many programs face, and the desire from coaches to get their...

UVA MBB Brad Soderberg

UVA MBB Brad Soderberg

This episode features a special interview with University of Virginia Men's Basketball coach Brad Soderberg. As a National Champion, Coach Soderberg brings valuable experience and insight leading at the highest level of college basketball. Adam is also joined by...

Leadership Fatigue

Leadership Fatigue

Many leaders experience forms of leadership fatigue. Is this something we should strive for or try to avoid? This is an important concept for leaders to understand, and a great topic to share with your team. Adam is joined by Southeast Regional Coach Kyle Elmendorf...

Leading Through Change

Leading Through Change

This episode covers one of the most important aspect of leadership that we need to navigate well - change. Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator Kayla Smith joins Adam Bradley to share her experiences leading through change with her team members. Their conversation transitions...

Always Bishop

Always Bishop

In this episode Adam is joined by head coach of Bishop McGuinness Men's Basketball, Josh Thompson. Located in North Carolina, Josh has one of the top basketball programs in the state, winning two state championships over the past twelve years. He joins the episode to...

Desire vs Direction

Desire vs Direction

All teams desire success at the end of the season. Few teams map out the directions it will take to reach that destination. This episode dives into how coaches can create the step by step plan to get their team where they want to end up. Adam is joined by Southeast...

Should Taking Away Sports Be a Go-To Discipline for Parents?

Should Taking Away Sports Be a Go-To Discipline for Parents?

Accepting consequences from actions is one of the most important lessons parents teach their children while growing up. Taking away time with friends, devices, and competing in sports are all common practices. Our episode today discusses whether or not the removal of...

Creating a Winning Environment – Featuring Kayla Smith

Creating a Winning Environment – Featuring Kayla Smith

We are joined by local Chick-fil-A Owner and Operator, Kayla Smith. Kayla's passion for developing the next generation of leaders make her an incredible guest for this episode, where she and Adam discuss how to create a winning environment with your team. Adam also...

Can Captains be Underclassmen?

Can Captains be Underclassmen?

Regional Coach Aseem Rastogi joins Adam during this episode to continue their conversation regarding team captains, which they shared in a previous episode. This episode focuses on the possibility of having captains that are underclassmen, which is well outside the...

GTT – Is Your Team Helping or Hurting?

GTT – Is Your Team Helping or Hurting?

Groups are special, because together they can bring out the best in one another. But if you're not careful, groups also have the ability to bring out the worst. This Green Team Talk challenges you to understand if the individuals who make up your team are helping...

Building a Leadership Program in Your Program

Building a Leadership Program in Your Program

This episode shares our experiences and the specific ways we have worked to build leadership programs at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels. Lead 'Em Up Regional Coach Aseem Rastogi also joins the episode to give insight on his years of leadership building...

Should you Reconsider Having a Guest Speaker?

Should you Reconsider Having a Guest Speaker?

The discussion in this episode centers around the impact a guest speaker has on your team. Almost every team engages in this at some point throughout their season, yet there are few conversations being had about the true impact these events bring to teams. We hope...

Maryland Football’s Jake Funk

Maryland Football’s Jake Funk

Former Gatorade High School Player of the Year, Maryland Football standout, and NFL draft prospect Jake Funk joins the show to share his incredible leadership experience. Jake's perspective as a captain of a Division 1 football team is a must listen for players...

To Captain or not to Captain?

To Captain or not to Captain?

We've seen teams with team captains that may not have earned those roles. We've seen teams without team captains that desperately needed them. This episode dives into the thought process you may want to go through when it comes to team captains, as you prepare to lead...

GTT – Maximize vs Minimize

GTT – Maximize vs Minimize

Today we cover two distinctly different leadership mindsets. Some athletes make a great deal out of their contributions they make to the team, while failing to recognize their teammates. They maximize what they do while minimizing the roles of others. Other athletes...

Why Good Kids are a Trap to Good Leadership

Why Good Kids are a Trap to Good Leadership

Every coach wants to be able to say they have "good kids" on their team. However, over and over, we've seen teams in this situation lack the leadership necessary to reach their potential. Why is that? This episode dives into the answer, as well as how your team can...

GTT – Focus vs Fun

GTT – Focus vs Fun

Green Teams understand and practice the perfect balance between focus and fun. In this episode you'll learn the importance of perfecting this balance.

Lead ‘Em Up Podcast Trailer

Lead ‘Em Up Podcast Trailer

Welcome to the Lead ‘Em Up Podcast, powered by Chick-Fil-A. Join me (Adam Bradley), the Lead ‘Em Up team and a list of special friends as we bring you a new 2-in-1 podcast we believe you’re going to love. What’s a 2-in-1 podcast? Let me explain. Once you subscribe to...