Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Huffington Post Publishes a CoachBechler.com Article


The Huffington Post, a prestigious online site, has published one of the articles that was previously on CoachBechler.com.  The Huffington Post was founded by Arianna Huffington in 2005.  The website has more than one million comments per month.  

Click here to read the post on Huffington Post entitled "5 Things To Do When You Join The 'I Got Fired' Club".

Jamy Bechler is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.   You can also subscribe to his leadership insights & newsletter by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jamy Bechler Appears on Master Leadership Podcast

Motivational speaker and executive leadership coach, Jamy Bechler recently appeared on the Master Leadership podcast hosted by Lily Sanabria.  You can listen to the podcast on iTunes by going to "Master Leadership" and clicking on Jamy's interview.

In the interview, he tells his story of how he went from a book-reading and impressionable middle schooler to a college basketball coach.  It is apparent during the 45 minute conversation that Jamy has a strong passion for helping others grow and develop, while maximizing their potential.  He shares many insights from his many ups and downs over the course of his college coaching and high school administration career.

The Master Leadership podcast is currently on  iTunes, Stitcher RadioRSS Feed, Google Play, iHeart Radio and at www.MasterLeadership.org.

The show is introduced by national radio & podcast personality, John Lee Dumas.  It host weekly guests from across the nation, who are considered experts in the field of educational leadership.


Jamy Bechler is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.   You can also subscribe to his leadership insights & newsletter by clicking here.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bechler Joins The Guidestone Group

One of the nation’s premier leadership companies has announced the addition of a certified leadership coach, trainer and speaker to their team.
Jamy Bechler will be joining The Guidestone Group as the Senior Director of Leader Engagement.  He will head up their leadership development programs, motivational speaking division, as well as helping develop team experiences for their executive retreat center.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

5 Things to Do When You Join the "I Got Fired" Club

"Hey, Jamy, do you have a minute?”, the athletic director asked me as I was getting ready to take my college basketball team on a team building experience.  It was early January and school had not yet started.   

Little did I know that in the next few minutes, I would be receiving my invitation to a well-known club that has plenty of members all across the country. 

“Jamy, we are going to go in a different direction at the end of the year and you will not be returning as our head coach.”

And just like that, as one of the younger head coaches at the NCAA level, I was a card carrying member of the “I Got Fired” club. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Be a Star in your Role

"Be a star in your role, and for me, that's high-energy, use my motor, just play hard. Play hard, be relentless on the glass. And that's what I bring to this team. That's my job. Just be a star in your role, and I try to do that every night." (Tristan Thompson)

Tristan Thompson's huge double-double in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals and unselfish play in all of the games helped lead the Cleveland Cavs to the World Championship.  Good thing for Cavs fans and players that he didn't pout about his boring and un-glamorous role.  He might not be Lebron James, but he can now call himself a CHAMPION!

Many of us are in positions or roles that we don't like.  Some of us are in leadership positions where we have disgruntled team members.  I want tell you a little story.  A story that I don't think I will ever forget.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

One-on-One Meetings That Work

Let's face it, most people hate meetings.  However, what if I told you that you could conduct one-on-one meetings that were meaningful and purposeful?  

Michael Nichols, one of Inc.com's Top-100 speakers and executive coaches wrote an article that explains just that.  If you are someone that is in a position to share information with anyone in-person, then this is an article you need to check out.  Click here to improve the way you do one-on-one meetings.

Let's just hope that your one-on-one meetings don't end up like Michael Scott from "The Office" . . .

Jamy Bechler is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.   You can also subscribe to his leadership insights & newsletter by clicking here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

What Really Matters in Life

In a recent NY Times interview, Walt Bettinger, the Chief Executive of Charles Schwab talked about the lessons he learned in college:
“A business strategy course in my senior year stands out. I had maintained a 4.0 average all the way through, and I wanted to graduate with a perfect average. It came down to the final exam, and I had spent many hours studying and memorizing formulas to do calculations for the case studies.
The teacher handed out the final exam, and it was on one piece of paper, which really surprised me because I figured it would be longer than that. Once everyone had their paper, he said, “Go ahead and turn it over.” Both sides were blank.
And the professor said, “I’ve taught you everything I can teach you about business in the last 10 weeks, but the most important message, the most important question, is this: What’s the name of the lady who cleans this building?”
And that had a powerful impact. It was the only test I ever failed, and I got the B I deserved. Her name was Dottie, and I didn’t know Dottie. I’d seen her, but I’d never taken the time to ask her name. I’ve tried to know every Dottie I’ve worked with ever since.
It was just a great reminder of what really matters in life, and that you should never lose sight of people who do the real work.”

This story made me think of the book that I just finished reading.  In Todd Gongwer's book "LEAD . . . for God's Sake!", a rich CEO and a successful championship basketball coach are heavily influenced by a high school janitor.  If you haven't read Gongwer's book, I highly suggest it.  Your perspective on life will change. You will be on your way to leading a life of significance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson has been attributed with saying "Every man that I meet is in some way my superior and in that way, I learn from him."  Furthermore, the Bible says in Proverbs "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."


Jamy Bechler is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.   You can also subscribe to his leadership insights & newsletter by clicking here.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Just Bring The Ship In

"Don't tell me how rough the water is, just bring the ship in".

I first saw this quote on Kobe Bryant’s twitter feed a few years ago as a “Mambo-ism”.  I don’t know who originally said this but I have said similar things for years.  Among them is the one quote that my players always rolled their eyes at ‘Don’t tell me about the labor pains, just show me the baby.’  

One of my former bosses was Andy Carter.  He was the Vice President of Athletics when I was at Newberry College.  I remember him always saying that ‘if it was easy, I wouldn’t need you’.  That has stuck with me to this day.  Each of us have certain strengths that we bring to the table.  We have a responsibility to utilize these strengths to attain success. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Daily Routine to Change your Life

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you've come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”  (Madonna)

I am probably just as surprised as you are that I started this post with a quote from Madonna.   But hey, I gotta say that she was an underrated actress, an outspoken social critic and she  had some great songs (like "Get in the Groove", which helped me win a dance contest in 7th grade . . . but I digress).

At the end of the day, I truly believe her quote.  We are always in a position to make a decision that can change our lives.  It is never too late, until the day that you die.  As the old Chinese proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is today."

Expert business builder and entrepreneur, Matt Crane, recently talked about life change while improving the daily routine.  If you are wanting to be a better version of yourself, then you definitely need to check this out. Please click here to read his insightful article and become a better version of yourself.

Jamy Bechler is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.   You can also subscribe to his leadership insights & newsletter by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Make One Decision that Solves 1000 Problems

Unless you landed on earth in an UFO and hail from an alien planet, you have some issues that need solving.  Let's face it . . . we all have problems.  We all are faced with hundreds of choices per day.

What if I said that you could make a decision that solved more than one problem?  What if you could 'kill two birds with one stone' in your daily life?  What if you could simplify your life or your decision-making process?

Jonathan Milligan is one of the most well-respected bloggers on the internet. He recently wrote about his decision making and how he simplified his life by solving multiple problems with just one decision.  This is something that should pique the curiosity of everyone out there because we all make decisions, have problems and want our lives to be simpler.  I highly suggest that you click here to learn how to solve 1000's of your problems.

Jamy Bechler is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.   You can also subscribe to his leadership insights & newsletter by clicking here.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

3 Ways to Make Your Boss Better

We all have a boss.  We all answer to someone.  Board of directors, supervisor, coach, parents or wife.  Even the president of the United States has a boss in the form of millions of citizens.  

We may not be in as crazy a situation like the worker in the following video, but you may see some similarities in this "Office Space" clip.  If you are like me, then you’ve had bosses that have been good and bosses that have needed some improvement.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Facebook Makes Employees More Productive

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According to statistics from Facebook, two average users are now only separated by 3.5 degrees. That's even less than the 4-degree average in 2011. Facebook attributes this increase in connection between disparate people to the increasingly global reach of the site.

It seems like Facebook makes the world go round.  1.6 billion people have accounts on Facebook and it is growing as 8 people join every second.  It can overcome distance as it helps friends and families to stay in touch with each other. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

7 Underrated Books All Leaders Should Read


 "Not all readers are leaders but all leaders are readers." (Harry S. Truman)

We must continually learn and one of the best ways is to read books.  I have previously posted some books for coaches and books for leaders.  Many of these books are by very popular authors and are on most bookshelves across the nation. 

However, I have put together a list of 7 books that you might not have heard of but can help you maximize your potential influence and increase your leadership skills.
  1. "To The Hilt:  Coaching Character for Life" (Kevin Templeton)
  2. "Quitter:  Closing the Gap Between your Day Job and your Dream Job" (Jon Acuff)
  3. "Zebras & Cheetahs:  Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle" (Michael Burt)
  4. "iPOSSIBLE:  How to Achieve Success Faster in Whatever You Do: Turning Impossibilities to Possibilities"  (Benjamin Foo) 
  5. "Wisdom for the Busy Coach:  Volume 2" (Stephanie Zonars) 
  6. "How to Build and Sustain a Championship Culture" (Jeff Janssen)
  7. "The Advantage" (Patrick Lencioni)
Also, as a certified John Maxwell Team Member, I highly recommend any of John's books.  He is not underrated or unknown but some of his books may be like "Talent is Never Enough", "Thinking for a Change" and "Everyone Communicates but Few Connect".  You can get access to all of these books by clicking on the PRODUCTS link at www.JohnMaxwellGroup.com/JamyBechler

Jamy Bechler is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker, Trainer and Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.   You can also subscribe to his leadership insights & newsletter by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

When Life Gives You Lemons; Make Lemonade


"A pessimist is someone who makes difficulties of his opportunities.  An optimist is one who makes opportunities out of his difficulties" 
(President Harry S. Truman)
 
It has often been said, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade."  Lemons by themselves are sour.  Lemons with sugar and water become delicious lemonade.

This phrase is a reminder to us about making the best of things that come our way. 

I tend to buy into this concept hook, line and sinker.  Author Charles Swindoll said “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to what happens to you.”  Things in life are not always going to go our way.  However, we always have a choice how we handle situations. 

It's the summer.  It's hot out.  We've got no pool?  No problem!

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

You Can't Please Everyone


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." 
(Dr. Seuss)

You can't please everyone! 


If you want to please everyone then go sell ice cream. 


Saturday, July 23, 2016

5 Tips for Better Communication


"Half the world is composed of people who have something to say but can't, and the other half who have nothing to say but keep on saying it."
(ROBERT FROST)

“If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two tongues and one ear.”
(MARK TWAIN)

  
Because I am married and I fly often, the following story is near and dear to my heart; 
A man and his wife had been arguing all night, and as bedtime approached neither was speaking to the other. It was not unusual for the pair to continue this war of silence for two or three days, however, on this occasion the man was concerned; he needed to be awake at 4:30am the next morning to catch an important flight, and being a very heavy sleeper he normally relied on his wife to wake him.

Cleverly, so he thought, while his wife was in the bathroom, he wrote on a piece of paper: 'Please wake me at 4:30am - I have an important flight to catch'.

He put the note on his wife's pillow, then turned over and went to sleep.

The man awoke the next morning and looked at the clock. It was 8:00am. Enraged that he'd missed his flight, he was about to go in search of his errant wife to give her a piece of his mind, when he spotted a hand-written note on his bedside cabinet.

The note said: 'It's 4:30am - get up'. 
Our communication with others may not be as dysfunctional as the couple in the previous story, but we all probably have room to improve in this area.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Enter to Win a Free John Maxwell Book

In honor of the presidential conventions going on this month, we think it is fitting to give away some copies of John Maxwell's "The Right to Lead". We will be giving away 4 FREE copies of John Maxwell's "The Right to Lead" book on Monday, August 1. We'll even take care of the shipping. 

To enter, text "Leader" to 66866. 
 
Everyone that completes the entry process will also receive a free eBook containing insights from John Maxwell Team Members.  To be eligible for the random draw and the free eBook, please enter once before midnight on July 31.  If your email is selected as one of the four winners, we will contact you in regards to shipping information.

Regardless of which side of the political aisle you stand on, we can all agree that our next president needs to be a strong leader.  In the same way, positive leaders are needed in our everyday lives.  "The Right to Lead" is another in a long line of Maxwell books that help us understand that importance of leadership.  

John C. Maxwell is considered the world's top leadership expert.  GlobalGurus.org has ranked him as the world's top leadership guru for 7 years in a row.  His leadership emphasis is adding value to others and developing those around you so that everyone can achieve their potential. 

Jamy Bechler sometimes votes Democrat and sometimes votes Republican, but he always votes John C. Maxwell as the writer of the best leadership books. Besides Maxwell books, to see what books he plans on reading this summer, then click here.  When he is not reading, Jamy is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker, Trainer and Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.
 


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

VIDEO: Maximize Opportunities

Whether you are part of a team, business or family, you can improve your locker room, board room or living room.  

Do you want to improve?  Do you want to maximize your opportunities?

Success is a choice.  What choice will you make today? 

Thank you to Coach Micheal Burt and Bruce Lund for graciously allowing me to make this video from Murfreesboro, Tennessee headquarters of Micheal Burt Enterprises, The Greatness Factory.

  
Jamy Bechler was a college basketball coach for nearly 20 years and is now a certified John Maxwell leadership coach, speaker and trainer.  You can contact him at Jamy@CoachBechler.com.  You can also subscribe to his leadership newsletter by clicking here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

4 Reasons Your Boss is an Idiot

"Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others."
(John C. Maxwell)

We all have a boss. Even the President of the U.S. has "We The People" that he has to answer to. Many of us complain about our boss. Unfortunately, not all bosses are top-shelf. If you happen to be a boss, you also might want to read this so that you can stop doing some of this stuff if you are guilty of it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

People Notice Integrity

"Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching you." 
(C.S. Lewis)

Have you (or someone that you've known) ever said something to the effect of 'It doesn't matter if I do what's right.  Nobody notices anyway.' or 'Nice guys finish last'.  Well, I have a little story that I always think of when it comes to integrity and character.

When I was just starting out an assistant basketball coach at Anderson University in Indiana, I got to know a guy named Lani Czarniecki. I actually rented an apartment from him and worked for him on the side. The apartment I rented from him had a bed that folded out of the wall. When I needed to make the bed, I just pushed it back up into the wall and what do you know . . . I now had a living room again! But anyway, I digress because this story is not about my room that was the apartment equivalent of an El Camino, but rather about integrity. 

You see Lani was running for mayor . . . 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

3 Things You Can Do with the Past


Everyone has a past.  Often times, the things that have happened to us shape our future.  We can do three things with our past.  We can LIVE in the past, we can DWELL on the past or we can LEARN from the past.  Whichever category you fall into may go a long way toward determining your future. 

Just be careful not to end up like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Undercover Boss

What if you were a fly on the wall in the break room?  What if you were invisible and followed your subordinates around all day?  What if you were in disguise and worked side by side with your employees all day long?  Would you learn startling new revelations?  Would you like what you heard?  Would you be happy...frustrated...or sad?  

There actually is a television show that sets up these scenarios in “Undercover Boss” on CBS.  I have only seen a handful of episodes as it is not one of my regular shows that I watch.  Anyway, I saw an episode last week about the C.E.O. of Rally’s/Checker’s fast food restaurants that went undercover as a new trainee at three different restaurants.  He was very adamant about having the best customer service and fastest fast food culture possible.  He felt that his company was doing well...until he got a dose of the real world of his restaurants.  

Through his undercover work, he discovered that there really was unsatisfactory training procedures—both for managers and regular workers; insufficient incentive plans; outdated equipment; and underachieving stores.  He even shut one restaurant down for a whole day so that they could get trained properly because he didn’t want them going through the motions anymore.  Because of this overall experience, he saw many things that needed to be changed.  He also gave away about $75,000 to employees.  Even though he thought his company was doing the right things, he realized that he was out of touch with what was really going on. 

I don’t eat at these stores and I am a die-hard Chick-Fil-A guy, but I was quite impressed with this C.E.O.’s sincerity and passion to improve his product and service even though it might be painful and costly.  

Do we have all the answers?  Do we know exactly the best way to run our office...our company...our institution...in all situations?  Would we be willing to change right away if we saw something that needed to be changed or would we wait until the next fiscal year...the next semester...the next billing cycle?  If we truly want to provide the best service possible, isn’t constant evaluation and change necessary?

Jamy Bechler was a college basketball coach for nearly 20 years before moving to Marion, Indiana to be the athletic director.  He is now a certified John Maxwell leadership coach, speaker and trainer.  You can contact him at Jamy@CoachBechler.com.  You can also subscribe to his leadership newsletter by clicking here.
 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Prepare to Win


July is here. That means one month left until the start of official practices for many athletes. How will you spend this month? Will you be prepared when October and November asks you to pay up for what you did in June and July? 

Bobby Knight used to say “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”.
When I was a college basketball coach, I would say, "Basketball may be played in the winter but players are made in the summer."  The same is true for the other sports, as well. Great players don’t train because they love training. They train because they love winning.
Think back to last year? Did the last game end well? Did you have regrets? Do you wish that you had work harder or been more ready? Was the role on the team what you wanted?
Two years ago, our basketball team (of which I was the athletic director) lost in the opening round of the playoffs.  After the game, I spoke to two of the best juniors.  They were very distraught and there were even some tears shed. I commented to them “remember this game, remember this feeling…let it motivate you for next year.”  This year, they won the school's 8th State Championship. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Leadership Lessons from the 2016 NBA Finals

The 2016 NBA Finals was one of the most memorable series in recent history.  It truly was historic.  In fact, last night ESPN re-aired their 30 for 30 entitled "Believeland", but this time had a new ending.  Cleveland has been the poster child for bad luck and hard times when it comes to sports having not won a championship in any sport since 1964. 

"Believeland" pointed this out, agonizly so, for Cleveland fans.  But all of that changed on Father's Day when the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers completed the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history and won the NBA Championship.  The Cavs were down 3-1 to the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.  The Warriors were the overwhelming favorite with Steph Curry, the league's first-ever unanimous MVP winner (that's right...Magic, Bird, MJ, Shaq...they never were unanimous).

Watching this series unfold got me to thinking about a few lessons that we all can learn as we try to maximize our potential for success and become leaders in life. 

Here are five leadership lessons learned from the 2016 NBA Finals.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Enter to Win a John Maxwell Book

In celebrating the freedom that the 4th of July represents, we will be giving away 4 FREE copies of John Maxwell's Leadership 101 book on Monday, July 4. We'll even take care of the shipping. 

To enter, text "Leader" to 66866. 

Everyone that completes the entry process will also receive a free eBook containing insights from John Maxwell Team Members. 

John C. Maxwell is considered the world's top leadership expert.  GlobalGurus.org has ranked him as the world's top leadership guru for 7 years in a row.  His leadership emphasis is adding value to others and developing those around you so that everyone can achieve their potential.

To be eligible for the random draw and the free eBook, please enter once before July 4.  If your email is selected as one of the four winners, we will contact you in regards to shipping information.

Jamy Bechler is a habitual book buyer.  He reads many and gives some away.  To see what books he plans on reading this summer, then click here.  When he is not reading, Jamy is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Speaker, Trainer and Coach.  Contact him at CoachBechler@CoachBechler.com to find out how you or your team can be more successful.