Leadership

CONCENTRATION: Mark Gubicza

Throughout 2017, we’re focusing on people who embody one of our “C” traits. This month, it’s CONCENTRATION. The characteristics of leaders, in whatever field, who have CONCENTRATION include Ability to focus; Hones instincts; Prepares with a purpose. Many of the people we’re featuring could fit perfectly with our other “C” words, including Royals Hall of Fame player and Angels broadcaster Mark Gubicza. In case you haven’t heard about it, Gubicza had what his teammates called … Read more

How Herb Brooks took a bunch of kids, beat the Soviets and struck gold in ’80

During each of the remaining months in 2017, we’re going to focus on one of the “C” words that make the foundation of “C” You In The Major Leagues. So, starting in March, that leaves 10 months to go with 10 “C” words. Today, though, based on timing, we’re featuring a coach who, as we’ve learned since 1980, embodied each of the 10 words: Care, Character, Coach, Commitment, Competitor, Composure, Comprehension, Concentration, Confidence, and Courage. … Read more

“C” You At The “K” was a great success

The young man sheepishly walked up to me on his way to the buffet. He almost whispered when he asked, “Mr. Fulks, are we able to go through the line only one time or can I eat a little more food?” “Yes, please, go through as many times as you like! We want you guys to eat until the food is gone.” That may seem like a very basic conversation to many, but it’s one … Read more

Temple was a “C” leader through tumultuous times

  A sprinter’s success is measured in hundredths of a second. Therefore, a track coach’s success is dependent upon his runner’s ability to lean a little more at the tape, or an opponent’s brief slip out of the starting blocks, or some other cruel act of fate. As fate would have it, Ed Temple was a successful track coach. Some would say he was the best women’s track coach in the world. Maybe more accurately, … Read more

Summitt embodied “C” leadership

  The coach looked at his star player during the timeout, knowing that, if she could steal the ball, it would help cut the opponent’s five-point lead in the last couple of minutes. He still had four timeouts. “OK, you’re on defense,” the coach roared out to his star. The horn sounded, and the do-it-all player went back on the court on defense. As had been mapped out, she stole the ball from the bigger … Read more

Monday’s act of courage is a lesson to all of us

Forty years ago today, on April 25, 1976, Rick Monday had one of the best plays in the history of baseball. And it didn’t involve a bat or a ball or a glove. The following is a reprint of an article that Matt Fulks, Director of the “C” You In The Major Leagues Foundation and Dayton Moore’s co-author on “More Than A Season,” wrote for Kansas City’s Metro Sports in 2006 about that incredible moment. The … Read more

The leadership of Herb Brooks

  There aren’t many sporting events that have stuck with Americans as the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in 1980, and then subsequent gold medal win over Finland two days later. There are few people I’ve interviewed over the years as much as Kansas Citian Ken Morrow, who was a defenseman on that 1980 team. After all, the 1980 Olympic hockey win was one of my earliest non-KC-related sports memories. The … Read more

As a leader, where’s your heart?

During the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the honor of introducing our founder and executive director Dayton Moore before he’s spoken to two groups. One was a group of Kansas City area business professionals, hosted by a realty group. The second was (mainly) Christian business leaders. I’ve introduced Dayton at events before, but in these two latest times, it was appropriate to talk about him as a leader. And, in both instances, when talking … Read more