Andrew Erickson The Columbus Dispatch @AEricksonCD Toronto FC won the MLS Cup on Dec. 9, has been the league champion through the offseason and will remain so Saturday when it plays Crew SC at BMO Field in the season opener for both teams.In that sense, coach Gregg Berhalter said, Saturday’s game will serve as an effective measuring stick for the Crew.“I think until someone else proves otherwise, they’re the team to beat. When you look at their roster, they lost a couple players, but I still think they (strengthened) and they still have three of the top players in the league in Bradley, Giovinco and Altidore,” Berhalter said. “They’re still a top team and we’re gonna get a very good idea of where we stand Saturday at 3 p.m. After the game we’ll be able to see exactly where we’
It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here. Framing our days between intention setting and joyful dedication, even once a week, can change how we live. It’s a purposeful approach of self-awareness, conscious intention, and focused effort—three precious gifts of contemplative practice—by wh
If only we could set motivation on cruise control.Propelling teams forward is a basic leadership task. But people's perception of their chances of success and willingness to exert energy change as they get closer to reaching their goals, research shows. Leaders who understand this are able to modify their motivational techniques over time to carry employees across the finish line.Go! Go! Go!Two motivational systems operate in every human being, according to Olya Bullard, a professor at University of Winnipeg. The first system, called promotion, focuses on rewards. The second system, called prevention, focuses on punishment. Leaders tend to leverage one system or the other--by either cheering people on or stressing the consequences of failure. (In North America and some o...
INDIANAPOLIS -- From early morning hours of medical evaluations to preparing for positions drills, the week of the NFL Scouting Combine provides plenty of unknowns to draft prospects.It could prove a daunting task for a player going at it alone, but 10 players from LSU have each other to depend on for support and camaraderie."We see each other every time we can," quarterback Danny Etling said. "We're just having a great time with each other, trying to give each other support, giving each other a hard time when we can, as well, just like old teammates do. So, it's been really cool to kind of spend some time with them."LSU is well-represented with Etling, running backs Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams, wide receiver D.J. Chark, center Will Clapp, guard K.J. Malone, tackle Toby Weath...
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Chris Davis doesn’t want to forget about last season. The Baltimore Orioles first baseman wants to improve on it.Davis had 26 home runs and 61 RBIs last year. Those numbers might not be bad for many players, but for Davis they were a huge disappointment. He signed a seven-year, $161 million deal in January 2016 and led the major leagues in home runs with 53 in 2013 and 47 in 2015.He missed a month with an oblique injury last season and hit just .215 and struck out 195 times in 128 games.”There were too many called third strikes,” Davis said. ”There were too many called first strikes. There were too many times when I was starting the at-bat 0-2 and hadn’t even swung the bat, hadn’t taken the bat off my shoulder. That’s just not who I am as a hitter. It never has been
INDIANAPOLIS -- Some would think that seeing a division rival win its first Super Bowl would provide some extra motivation.But a month after watching the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, Jason Garrett says that's not true for him and the Dallas Cowboys."There's no extra drive that comes from that," the Cowboys head coach said Wenesday from the NFL's annual scouting combine. "The drive that we have is significant, independent of who wins the Super Bowl."Garrett maintains that the Cowboys' focus has been and will continue to be on themselves, not what other teams are accomplishing. Not even hated division rivals.Garrett has never been the type to say anything negative publicly about another team.As difficult as it probably was for him to see the Eagle...
How kids feel about school affects how they learn. Research shows that motivation (pdf) and mindset matter hugely when it comes to kids’ performance on tests—an admittedly narrow measure of learning, but one that is quantifiable.So it should be alarming that way too many kids lose interest in school as they get older. One Gallup poll asked 5th- and 11th-grade students in 3,000 schools whether they agreed with the following statements:At this school, I get to do what I do best every day.My teachers make me feel my schoolwork is important.I feel safe in this school.I have fun at school.I have a best friend at school.In the last seven days, someone has told me I have done good work at school.In the last seven days, I have learned something interesting at school.The adults at my school care
NEW YORK — Brad Underwood made it through 31 games without a technical foul.It’s what he prefers, really.The first-year Illinois coach might have a fiery sideline demeanor, but he’s not particularly interested in getting T’d up.That changed — at least in the heat of one second-half moment — in Wednesday’s Big Ten tournament game against Iowa.“They were on a run,” Underwood said. “It’s my only technical of the year. I’m not a big fan of them, to be quite honest, and it wasn’t directed at any one official or anything else. That was pretty well planned on my part.“At that moment in time, I needed to change some sort of mojo or whatever you want to use about the game and hopefully try to rally our guys, give them something to rally around. It worked for a minute or two. But that was the who
<div _ngcontent-c20 innerhtml="ShutterstockIt’s true that almost anyone can be a manager. But when it comes to leadership, the ability to inspire others is what sets the bar higher. To motivate staff is a persistent challenge for nearly every leader I meet. They want to know what the secret is, and as it turns out, it’s not really a secret at all.Thanks to a century of research, we now know that failing to motivate others isn’t all our fault. As Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, says, “There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.”This means that the modern workplace needs to play catch up with what we know about true motivation. Extrinsic rewards, like performance-based raises, benefits and paid time off, domina
"Screw it. Let's just do it." February 28, 2018 4 min read A Note From The EditorThink your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now.Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurship is a demanding job -- and one that encroaches on your lifestyle. You’ll face long nights, working weekends, tough decisions and tougher consequences. So what is it that gets entrepreneurs out of bed in the morning? What motivates them to keep going, even in the face of adversity?As you might imagine, there’s no single answer here. Instead, each entrepreneur has his/her own vision for what motivation is, and how you can summon it.Fear failure and crave victory.Mark Cuban, serial entrepreneu