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20 января, 20:24

An NBA Coach's Advice to Entrepreneurs: 'Focus on the Present'

Professional athletes are faced with a unique challenge when it comes to entrepreneurship. Most organizations create marketing plans that can only hope to rise to the notoriety and status that professional athletes achieve. However, most professional athletes have already reached that status. Where it gets tricky is leveraging their existing platform so that it translates into real sales. That's just what Walter McCarty was able to do. I sat down with the former NBA player and current assistant coach for the Boston Celtics to get the inside scoop on the recent launch of his new line of socks earlier this year. "There aren't many statements we can make with our wardrobe when it comes to business professional attire," says McCarty. "As a coach, nobody's really looking at your suit -- but since you're sitting down the whole game, everybody sees your socks," McCarty explains, pointing out the amount of sock that shows as I sit down courtside with the 6'10" mega-athlete and entrepreneur. "I've always worn socks that stand out, and as I was getting more and more compliments on my socks. Each time there's a game, my socks are shown on national, live TV. As I continued to get more buzz about my socks, I thought, 'Why should I promote someone else's brand when I could be promoting my own'." McCarty explains was the inspiration behind creating a sock line of his own. The line of socks, called 8ty2 -- named after the fact that there are 82 games in an NBA season -- are designed to be upscale and stylish. Since launching 8ty2 only a few short months ago, McCarty has seen exponential growth, despite that they're available only online and in one boutique retailer, Bodega. The socks can be seen all over social media rocked by celebrities from professional golfers to NBA greats to sports anchors. But his explosive growth hasn't been the result of an onslaught of marketing campaigns and advertising efforts. Instead, McCarty has been precise and calculated about promoting his brand: in his own words, he wanted to "do it right." First and foremost, he attributes his growth to strategically leveraging his extensive network of athletes. "Each game I choose a different game day sock to feature. I decide before each game what players from the opposing team I'm going to give my socks to. They end up loving the socks, and posting about them on social media," says McCarty. "These aren't just another pair of socks, thrown together with a pattern printed on them. Every detail counts, from the way they feel on, to how they hold up throughout the day. Even the patterns are woven into the sock, versus have the design printed," adds McCarty. Curious if he could see a clear picture of what running a successful business would look like, and if he envisioned having his product in the hands of elite athletes, I asked him how he planned for his business' future. He explained that his strategy has been to focus on the present, instead of the future: "I'm more in the moment. Even as a kid, I never thought about looking forward to playing in the NBA. I always enjoyed my 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams, and always took care of the moment." Still, he plans to add a philanthropic bend to his entrepreneurial endeavors in the future. With the money he's earned from 8ty2, he's going to work with charitable organizations to help people in need. That way, his socks will have a tangibly positive impact on the world -- in addition to adding style and elegance to people's wardrobes. What is McCarty's advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs? "Take care of today, then there will be a tomorrow -- and tomorrow is going to be better," concludes McCarty. With a successful career in the NBA under his belt and as one of the top coaches for the Boston Celtics, it's hard not to take such simple advice lightly. Getting caught up in the planning and vision of a business can indeed halt growth and pause momentum. If we stay focused on taking care of the needs of our business today, we're always taking action, and by doing so, we inevitably keep the momentum going. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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20 января, 20:17

Why Simon Sinek's Video on Millennials Was Wrong

I love your books Mr. Sinek, but with all due respect, your answer on millennials in the workplace was wrong. Unless you've been without internet for a few weeks, you've seen Simon Sinek's video on the millennial generation in the workplace. The short clip has been viewed more than 50 million times in a couple of weeks. If you missed it, here is the interview. Credit: Original Interview was with Tom Bilyeu​ on Inside Quest. Obviously, the world is still trying to figure out the "millennial question." While Simon Sinek does make a few great claims, many of his interpretations were wrong. I can go into detail, line by line, but I won't for a reason. There's nothing gained by arguing my opinion about characteristics, behaviors, and tendencies over Mr. Sinek's opinion. After all they are just interpretations. For the record, I don't only train, coach, and develop millennials, I am one as well. However, according to Mr. Sinek's wrong dates of the millennial generation, I am not a millennial. I have not found any studies citing millennials born starting in 1984, unless you are watching Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. Research collectively dates millennials no later than 1982 with a select few suggesting 1983. Understand the Importance of Why Simon Sinek Was Wrong It is important to understand why Simon Sinek was wrong. He made a claim about a generation that was completely generalized and isolated to his experiences, conversations, and some research. However, he never cited any research. I would be interested to know what research brought him to this conclusion. With that said, there's no fault to an interpretation, but you CANNOT generalize an "entire generation," as he said, on an interpretation. You cannot even make the majority claim to most of his interpretations. Whenever "experts" begin explaining the millennial generation, I want to stop listening. The explanations are an attempt to have an answer. The sense of obligation to have an answer is understandable. From Mr. Sinek's thought-leader position in the business world, he must especially feel the pressure to have an answer. I am sorry though, you cannot answer the "millennial question" in 10 minutes or even 60 minutes. There are too many variables involved impacting the "millennial question." To be clear, there are too many variables to definitively label any generation for that matter. Every individual, regardless of generational alignment, is unique to their experiences, characteristics, and talents. Generational insight can be helpful, but it still doesn't define an "entire generation." When businesses ask me the "millennial question," I preface my answer with this statement, "I can give some key indicators to give you insight, but by no means does it answer the real question." The Real Question About Millennials The real millennial question needs more questions for clarity. Clarity gives more usefulness to the original question. Here are some clarifying questions to help understand the meaning behind your "millennial question": Are you needing better employee production? Are you struggling to know how to lead millennials? Are there communication breakdowns with millennials? Are you needing to know how to retain millennials? Are you wondering how to train millennials for leadership? Are you experiencing a morale challenge with millennials on your team? Are you looking to design a program with millennials in mind? Are you wanting to know how they like to learn? These questions can infinitely continue, but until there is more understanding behind the initial question, the world will not have a good answer to the broad millennial question. The bottom line is you cannot characterize millennials by four factors to determine an entire generation of more than 75 million people. You just cannot do that, it's too restrictive. Admittedly, there are trends and tendencies, but no broad stroke characteristics for an entire millennial generation. My best advice to people wanting to understand millennials better, get to know them as individuals. --- Want to know what's true about the millennials? Join me as a guest on a webinar hosted by Skillsoft in February. The focus will be on debunking millennial myths and helping businesses maximize the emerging talent in your workplace. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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20 января, 19:22

Bradford Bulls owners appoint Geoff Toovey and admit: ‘We have to deliver’

• Andrew Chalmers and Graham Lowe acknowledge need to earn fans’ trust• Former Manly coach to join re-formed side in runup to Championship seasonThe owners of the newly re-formed Championship side Bradford Bulls have acknowledged they must earn back the trust of the club’s fans, saying: “We have to deliver.” However, they admitted they would be the only ones bankrolling the club, ruling out further outside investment, and claimed their determination to succeed was more vital than “financial sense”. Related: RFL defends decision to put revived Bradford Bulls in Championship Continue reading...

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20 января, 18:33

Chelsea v Hull City: match preview

Antonio Conte has time yet to determine whether Diego Costa has proved himself enough in training this week to start against Hull City, but he will resist the striker’s availability becoming a distraction. Chelsea play last of the title contenders and will be hoping to extend their lead at the top this weekend. “But our challenge is to keep the right concentration,” said the Italian. “If you think this game is easy, you make a great mistake and you can pay for this mistake at the end of the season.” He will be wary of ‘new coach bounce’. Dominic FifieldKick-off Sunday 4.30pm Continue reading...

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20 января, 17:56

Pep Guardiola denies discussing Sergio Agüero’s contract with striker

• Guardiola seen meeting Manchester City player at restaurant on Thursday• ‘He has a lot of money and want to invite his coach to dinner,’ says GuardiolaPep Guardiola has denied he discussed Sergio Agüero’s contract with the striker when they met in a Manchester restaurant on Thursday night.Guardiola was photographed dining with Agüero’s and his agent. There is a lack of clarity regarding when the 27-year-old’s terms end at Manchester City as Agüero’s signed a deal until summer 2019 three years ago, yet the club have indicated he agreed an extension for a further season. Continue reading...

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20 января, 16:30

Nine Ways To Motivate Customers Into Sharing Their Positive Experiences With Your Brand

Forbes Coaches Council explains how to motivate consumers into sharing their positive experiences.

20 января, 15:28

Sports quiz of the week: Novak Djokovic, Xabi Alonso and Marco van Basten

Who beat Real Madrid? Who said sorry? And which record fell in Melbourne?• Afcon 2017 nicknames quiz: do you know the Warriors from the Pharaohs?Xabi Alonso is to retire at the end of the season, having won league titles in Spain and Germany, the Champions League with Liverpool and Real Madrid and the World Cup and European Championship with Spain. Where did he start his career?Real BetisReal SociedadReal MadridValenciaNovak Djokovic won’t be wining the Australian Open this year. How many times has he won it?Two FourSixEightNon-league Lincoln City have made it into the FA Cup fourth round for the first time since 1976. Who was their manager that season?Don Revie Bill Shankly Bobby Robson Graham TaylorReal Madrid went unbeaten for 40 matches then lost two in a row to which clubs?Valencia and Barcelona Sevilla and Celta VigoAtlético Madrid and Granada Deportivo La Coruña and Málaga Why did Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown apologise to his coach and team-mates?For posting a video from the dressing room in which his coach called the Steelers’ opponents ‘assholes’For missing training and then being caught tweeting from the golf course For taking his coach's daughter out for a nice seafood dinner and never calling her againFor posting a quote on Instagram that suggested a referee was biased Which record did Ivo Karlovic break in the first round of the Australian Open?At 37, he became the oldest player to compete in the men’s singlesHe hit 75 aces, the most in a match in the tournament’s historyHe lost three sets in 28 minutes, making it the shortest defeat in the open eraHe lost in the first round for a record 23rd year runningWhat happened to referee Carl Cheffers after his officiating was called ‘horseshit’ by Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs?He retired from the NFL and was offered a deal by the NBAHe was appointed to referee next month’s Super BowlHe was backed by his fellow referees, who threatened to strike unless the Chiefs apologisedHe offered Kelce an arm wrestling contest in the post-match press conferenceWho stepped in to caddie for Lee Westwood at the Abu Dhabi Championship this week when his regular bagman had to travel home?Westwood’s girlfriend, Helen StoreyHis old mate, Darren Clarke Sheikh Mansour, the Manchester City owner Rory McIlroy, who had pulled out with a rib injuryMarco van Basten, who is now working for Fifa, has suggested some changes to the laws of football. Which of these ideas did he not put forward?Scrapping the offside rule Introducing sin bins and orange cards Restricting players to '55 or 60' games a year Requiring that referees have 'played the game'Why is Tokyo’s governor unhappy about the golf course that will host the Olympic tournament in 2020? No one has played on it since October due to waterlogging The club does not admit women as full membersThe governor is disappointed that every hole does not have a bunkerIt is a par 72 and the governor believes that is an unlucky number Continue reading...

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20 января, 15:10

NFL Rumors: 7 Potential Landing Spots for Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has likely played his last down of football for the Minnesota Vikings. Here's a look at 7 potential landing spots for the 2012 NFL MVP.

20 января, 14:00

The incredible redemptive powers of Bill Belichick | Les Carpenter

How does the Patriots head coach rejuvenate so many NFL players whose careers have faded somewhere else? By being more benefactor than dictatorWhat’s hard to understand about Bill Belichick scowling on the sidelines and grunting through press conferences like a splenetic badger is that he’s actually a player’s coach. Few men who run NFL teams understand the nuances of their subject’s football lives – fulfilling their minds while preserving their bodies – better than the coach who built New England’s championship machine. Related: Referee called 'unfit to wear zebra jersey' by Chiefs' Kelce to officiate Super Bowl Continue reading...

20 января, 12:26

Eddie Jones criticises lack of leaders in England’s Six Nations squad

• Head coach says side ‘are not there at the moment’ in terms of leadership• Jones also selects three uncapped players for defence of titleEddie Jones has cited England’s lack of leaders as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to winning the 2019 World Cup.Jones rates his captain Dylan Hartley “seven out of 10” in fitness terms for the Six Nations, following the Northampton hooker’s latest suspension but insists Hartley remains firmly “in the reckoning” to start England’s opener against France at Twickenham on Saturday 4 February. Continue reading...

20 января, 09:10

These 15 NFL Teams Will Have the Most Salary Cap Space in 2017

One of the quickest ways to improve an NFL roster is through free agency. These 15 teams are projected to have the most salary cap space in 2017.

20 января, 05:36

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Sues His Sex Abuse Victim Over Hush Money

Imprisoned former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is suing one of the victims he sexual abused decades earlier in an effort to recoup the $1.7 million Hastert paid in hush money.  In his countersuit filed Wednesday, Hastert asked a Kendall County, Illinois, judge to toss out the breach of contract suit the victim filed against Hastert last year and order the victim to repay Hastert in full. Hastert, 75, is serving a 15-month bank fraud sentence at a federal prison hospital in Minnesota. Federal investigators inadvertently discovered Hastert was withdrawing large sums of cash to pay hush money to the victim, known to them as “Individual A,” while investigating him for breaking banking laws.  The identity of “Individual A” has not been publicly disclosed. Referred to in the current lawsuit as John Doe, the now-middle-aged man was a 14-year-old student on the Yorkville High School wrestling team in Yorkville, Illinois, when Hastert, then a teacher and wrestling coach, sexually abused him. Years later, the man approached Hastert asking him for compensation for the years of trauma caused by the abuse. They agreed to keep the matter private and not involve lawyers, and they decided that Hastert would pay the former student $3.5 million in installments. Hastert paid $1.7 million over several years before ceasing the payments amid a federal probe in 2014 as agents investigated Hastert for illegally structuring withdrawals to skirt banking reporting requirements. During Hastert’s April 2016 sentencing, a federal judge said it was “unconscionable” that Hastert tried to cover himself by telling investigators he was a victim of Individual A’s extortion  ― a claim later determined to be untrue.    The victim later sued Hastert for the remaining $1.8 million, claiming that Hastert broke their agreement. Through his attorney, Hastert said it was his victim who broke their agreement by disclosing the abuse and as a result “doesn’t deserve a dime.” Kristi Browne, the victim’s attorney, said in a statement Thursday that Hastert’s counterclaim was “predictable.” “Mr. Hastert has decided that rather than live up to his promise to compensate his victim for his molestation and resulting injury, he will ask his victim to pay him,” Browne said. “He admits to agreeing to make payments, but then denies that it is an agreement that he has to keep.”  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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19 января, 21:58

Tom Arscott sacked by Sale over alleged leak of information to Bristol

• Club confirm in statement that Arscott’s contract has been terminated• RFU investigation into alleged leak to brother Luke still ongoingSale Sharks have sacked Tom Arscott after he allegedly leaked information to his brother before a Premiership match. Jon Dorsett, the club’s chief executive, said in a brief statement that the decision followed a disciplinary hearing.Arscott had been suspended since 4 January over the alleged leak to Bristol before the clubs’ Premiership match three days earlier. Bristol defeated Sale 24-23 at the AJ Bell Stadium but Arscott was suspended after some of his team-mates expressed concerns to the coaching staff. Continue reading...

19 января, 19:37

Bobby Knight: Trump 'got a little carried away' but perfect for job

Legendary former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, who endorsed President-elect Donald Trump in April, said Trump “got a little carried away” with personal slights several months ago, but is still “perfect” for the presidency. Knight, who campaigned with Trump before the crucial Indiana primary which established Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, is in Washington for Trump’s inauguration and appeared on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning. He said he thought Trump, as president, will be able to resist counterpunching when criticized. Trump made many high-profile personal attacks on his opponents throughout the campaign, and most recently made headlines for criticizing civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis after Lewis questioned the legitimacy of Trump's election. Knight said he thought Trump had “straightened out” over time. “I think going back in time, say several months ago, I think he got a little bit carried away with this and that and other things, but then, as I saw him and worked with him over a period of time, I just saw him develop into a person that really understood what this was all about,” Knight said. “And I had a great positive feeling for the direction in which he was headed.” He remained optimistic about Trump, saying Trump was “perfect” for the presidency. “When I traveled with Mr. Trump, I looked at it and I just saw, here’s a guy who, that is tough, smart and he loves America,” he said. “Beyond that, he has the faculties to do a lot of things, I believe, that have to be done insofar as our country is concerned.”

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19 января, 19:26

Rooney Rule For NFL Minority Coaches Needs Tuning

The 2017 NFL season will begin with seven African-American Head Coaches and one Latino Head Coach. Eight minority coaches is the new record for diversity, exceeding by one the number of minority Coaches in 2006, 2008 and 2011 and is a positive sign. That means that 25% of the coaches [...]

19 января, 19:02

Six Nations: Eddie Jones in no rush to cap Jason Woodward

• Jones to stick with Mike Brown at full-back for opener against France• Several young Bath players have caught England coach’s eyeEddie Jones will resist any temptation to fast-track the Bristol full-back Jason Woodward into his Six Nations squad but remains on the lookout for young talent capable of adding a touch of the x-factor to England’s 2019 Rugby World Cup plans.Jones will announce a squad of 33 or 34 players on Friday morning and has been assessing his full-back options after opting to omit Saracens’ Alex Goode from his elite player squad this month. The coach is seeking a No15 with blistering pace but is in no rush to cap Woodward, a junior All Black who is eligible for England. Continue reading...

19 января, 19:00

6 Common Mistakes Way Too Many Newlyweds Make

The honeymoon phase won't last forever, so enjoy it while you have the time. And avoid these six common mistakes newlyweds make.

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19 января, 18:46

What Saturday's Belichick - O'Brien Showdown Taught Me About Winning

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Bill Belichick head coach of the New England Patriots greets Bill O'Brien head coach of the Houston Texans after the Patriots defeated the Texans 34-16 in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty [...]

19 января, 18:27

The Trend In NFL Head Coach Hirings: Move Away From Retreads

Out with the old and in with the new guys. The days of re-hiring former NFL head coaches seems to be dwindling away in favor of NFL assistants who have never held the reins of the entire team.

19 января, 17:30

Movado Group, Ethan Allen Interiors and Netflix highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

Movado Group, Ethan Allen Interiors and Netflix highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day