Are you ready for training camp?


IMG_0819This week across the nation, NFL training camp commences. Players report to camp with excitement and are determined to make the cut.  Here in Cleveland, Ohio, all eyes are on Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, as the veteran defends his quarterback positon over the former Heisman winner and party animal Johnny. College fall athletes are packing up their gear and heading to campus to begin four to six weeks of intense training. It is a time for recommittment. Training camp emphasizes working as a team, and builds excitement for the coaching staff, players and fans to work together toward a common goal, the Championship.

How can you recommit yourself to your profession or employer? I challenge you to recreate a training camp mentality over the next few weeks. Here are some suggestions:

Managers – hold a continuing education day for your team and discuss topics that will emphasize working together, such as collaboration tools or training on new company policies or industry regulations

Employers – Reflect on a specialty within your line of work that you would like to learn more about, and research books, training classes, or conferences that can expand your knowledge base.

Business Owners – rallying the team is most effective when the message comes from the top so carve some money out of the budget for an event that will bring everyone together. How do you want to lead your team in approaching a problem differently, and what can you do to create the pathway?

Football players and coaches will probably never read Business Beyond the Classroom (or at least not until their college or prefessional career is over). But when it comes to training camp, perhaps businesses can learn a lesson from their playbook.

Joyce Mihalik writes for HlpSum1, Inc., an online organization who encourages us to help others through volunteer work, mentoring and christian ministry.  For more information go to or to join the movement.

The Road to Success Starts with Self Discovery


Early on in my careerI purchased a DayTimer planner.   I kept in it all the important information:  contacts, meeting notes, my calendar and technical rules of thumb.  When I found myself in a difficult situation, particularly one that I created, I wrote it down to remind myself never to do it again.  This summer, I will be releasing my first book, based on a collection of experiences throughout my career.


TImagehis retrospective look created an introspective environment.  Consider starting a journal of your own.  The journal doesn’t have to be in a leather bound book or even a fake leather three ring notebook!.  It could be an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper that you wad up and stick in the pocket of your book bag.  Write down a key phrase to remind you of a recent experience, particularly those that went very well or poorly.  The experience will likely be imprinted in your mind forever, and by reading the key work or phrase, you will have immediate recall, especially if it was embarrassing or harmful.   Take it out, read it and shove it back in your book bag,  once a week or once a month.   By taking a look back at your journey, you can plan for your future.