Two Tools to Control Emotional Reactions


Photo on 9-5-16 at 6.37 PM.jpg“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” -John Wooden

We have heard many sayings talking about having a good reaction to circumstances that occur each day.  What we can control, what we cannot control, our mindset, our attitude, etc.

In order to have a positive reaction to difficult situations, we need to have tools to keep our triggers in check so we can have positive outcomes.

In the recent Urban Meyer book Above The Line, Tim Kight uses a formula called E+R=O.
Event + Response=Outcome.  The premise is that our response to an event will drive the odds of success or failure in one direction or the other.  Mr. Kight provides six ways to improve your ability to respond. These six ways are:

  1. Press Pause-take a breath, step back, and ask “what does this situation require of me?”
  2. Get Your Mind Right-train your mind to be tough and look for solutions
  3. Step Up-taking action after Pressing Pause and focusing your mindset
  4. Adjust & Adapt-evaluate your actions & mindset and change it to match the circumstances
  5. Make a Difference-your Response is an E for others, strive to have great responses that make a positive impact
  6. Build Your Skill-grow your talent and skill set by pushing yourself past your comfort level

While this is a great system to manage your responses, we need to quickly shift our frame of mind.  Pressing pause is a great way to do this, but what about about an event happening in the flow of your situation.

In his great book “Toughness:  Developing True Strength On and Off the Court” by Jay Bilas, Mr. Bilas talks about the concept of “Next Play” that was taught by Mike Krzyzewski.  It’s a quick “mindset reset” that clears out the recent event, great or not-so great, to allow you to focus on the next thing you need to do.

I suspect you have had a bad moment that occurred, and because you were dwelling on it, you missed the next opportunity to be successful.  Conversely, have you had a great moment that you kept thinking about, and then you made a mistake that you would normally not have made.

In leadership, what will make you successful is NOT how you handle events when they are going well.  What will you make you grow as a leader is getting better and better at handling negative events.  The problem-solvers are the go-to people that get opportunities to be successful.

I challenge you to learn these six steps and to say “Next Play” so you have great R’s.

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The Basic Cut Series in the Open Post Offense #Basketball

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To teach players of all ages proper floor spacing and how to cut without the basketball, I have not seen a better offense than the Open Post Offense.

The offense places all five players around the perimeter.  With modifications, there are ways to get players into the low post and to offense rebound.

To learn more about the offense, watch my video playlist.  Check out my Amazon link to purchase my e-book on the offense.

The most well-known user of Open Post Offense at an elite level is Bob Huggins from West Virginia.  Here is a great video showing the action of the offense.

Thank you for reading, have a great day.


Key teaching points for Basketball Zone Defense

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As someone who has played, studied, written about, and coached zone defense, here are some key teaching points to work into your program.  Some of these points are critical for any type of defense, but some are specific to zone play.

  • Talk-I probably do not need to elaborate on this point.  Teaching teams to talk is one of the greatest challenges in coaching.  In a zone, teammates need to be aware of cutters, screens, shot attempts
  • Defensive Stance-Zone defenses require a great deal of sliding, closing out, and bump downs.  All Five Defenders need to be moving on airtime by jumping to the ball.  If players are coming out of their stances, they must be tired and need to come out.
  • Square up the ball-Offenses often try to get players and the ball into gaps, which brings two defenders toward the ball.  The effectiveness of zone defenses will increase dramatically if one defender can be on the ball.
  • Contest all shots-There needs to be a hand up in the shooters face on every shot.
  • Close out and Run Shooters off the line-Scouting reports will identify the shooters who cannot get clean looks.  Because of defensive rotations, sometimes the defender will need to close out aggressively on the shooter and will be vulnerable to a drive.  If the close out defender cannot stop dribble penetration, they should close out in a way that forces the offense to where the closest help is located.
  • Know who is always covering the basket on each rotation-Players on the help side need to be ready to flood the lane and protect the ball.
  • Ball Pressure-A tremendous advantage of zone defense is that the on-ball defender knows where their help is located.  Unless there is a player that the scouting report says to slough off of, get in the offensive player’s bubble.
  • Active hands and feet-Because offenses tend to pass more often against zones, active hands and feet can work for deflections and to keep the ball out of the middle.  Make sure players are mirroring the ball and can kick the ball (players often use the wrap around bounce pass).
  • Teach your big middle defender to maintain defensive verticality and take charges on dribble penetration-When seams occur, dribblers can often get to the rim from the perimeter.  Because of positioning, the big man is often the helper right behind the on-ball defender.
  • Get triangular rebounding and helpside defender on the defensive backboard-One of the most common knocks is defensive rebounding out of the zone.  While always getting a body on an offensive player may be tough, securing rebounding positions in front of the rim and blocks MUST happen (with thumbs in ears to be ready to rebound).  There will often be a 1 on 2 disadvantage on the helpside block, which makes obtaining this block position much more critical.  The helpside perimeter plays needs to attack the glass to remedy this 1 on 2 disadvantage.
  • “Down” all ball screens-Because of the importance of keeping the ball out of the middle, this is a key tactic with the increased use of ball screens against zone.  The defender needs to jump to the middle and push the dribbler toward the sideline.
  • Attack the ball on the baseline and flood the lane-Offenses often look to attack zones along the baseline and short corner.

If changing to a zone defense during a game, coaches need to fight the urge to change back to a man-to-man defense if they give up a three or an offensive rebound and put back.  Offenses score against every defense, coaches need to know why the breakdown occurred and make the appropriate adjustment.

Because of my experience with zone defenses, I have come up with a defense I call the BALL MATCH UP ZONE DEFENSE.  Read more about it here.

I hope these tips will help your zone defense.  You can follow me on Twitter or email at  Thank you for reading and have a great day.

The Outstanding Ohioans show, Episode 51-Interview with Gary Adams, retired NCAA baseball coach and author

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For many of us involved in athletics, we dream of one day coming back to coach at our alma mater.  For Gary Adams, not only did he achieve this dream, he got to be mentored by none other than John Wooden.  His book, Conversations with Coach Wooden:  On Baseball, Heroes, and Life, is a great book talking about his relationship with Coach Wooden and their mutual love of the game of baseball.

Through this book, Coach Adams has written a great legacy piece about Coach Wooden, as well as his outstanding baseball program.

To connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show, here are a few ways:

Here were some highlights of our conversation:

  • Coach Adams grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, where he lived to the age of 14 before moving to California.
  • how him and his twin brother got interested in baseball from their Uncle, who played in the minors
  • idolizing future Major Leaguer Joe Nuxhall, who was seven years older, and remains the youngest player to play a major league game ever
  • listening to Waite Hoyt broadcast Cincinnati Reds games and becoming an Ohio State fan
  • playing baseball at UCLA, and observing John Wooden on campus
  • getting hired to coach at UCLA, and how Coach Wooden came to share his office
  • specific things he learned from Coach Wooden
  • Coach Adams “Sphere of Commitment”, based on character, team, academics, career built around family & faith
  • what was more important to Coach Wooden than winning?
  • Coach Adams and Coach Wooden strongly believed in leading by example
  • Coach Wooden’s sense of humor and the pigeon story
  • what kind of baseball player was John Wooden?
  • John Wooden’s “unique” baseball job offer
  • challenge of writing this book
  • Wooden’s reaction to a “bean ball” war between UCLA and Arizona State, when ASU was targeting Troy Glaus
  • how both coaches became authors upon retiring from coaching
  • the kinds of books Gary and his wife Sandra have written
  • Gary wants his legacy to be “a normal person who was considerate of others”

Thank you to Gary for sharing his great stories.  I highly recommend his book for anyone who is a baseball and/or John Wooden fan.

The Outstanding Ohioans show, Episode 50-Interview with the Learning Leader Ryan Hawk @RyanHawk12

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For episode 50, I had the pleasure of interview Ryan Hawk, who hosts an incredible, highly rated podcast called “The Learning Leader Show“.  Ryan is an amazing business leader who shares his message in many ways.

To connect with the show, here are a few ways:

Here were some highlights of our conversation:

  • growing up in Centerville, Ohio with two amazing parents and two brothers…he was given space to grow and learn
  • the impact of his football coaches
  • his thoughts on youth sport specialization vs. year-round competition
  • why he attended Miami University to play football, and why he transferred to Ohio University
  • what he learned about himself competing against Ben Roethlisberger
  • his professional football experience, and challenging transition from professional athlete into the business world
  • In his current work, why he embraces nervousness, anticipation, and competition
  • how a dinner with Todd Wagner changed his life
  • “Don’t follow your passion, have your passion follow you”
  • why the podcast medium is gaining in popularity, and the profile of podcast listeners
  • Developing his avatar for his podcasting platform
  • how he prepares for a conversation
  • how prospecting is important in sales and podcasting
  • developing your platform and leveraging it
  • his personal philosophy of leadership
  • People who “Kiss Up” & “Kick Down”
  • the importance of routine and 5-minute journaling
  • “My success only follows the success of my customers”, and why referrals are so valuable

Connect with Ryan at and

Here were some of the resources mentioned during this interview:

The Outstanding Ohioans show, Episode 49-My reflection on the first 48 episodes and the future of the show


For episode 49 of the show, I wanted to reflect on where we are as a show and where we are going.  I am so thankful for the great guests I have had the privilege of having a conversation with.

To connect with the show, here are a few ways:

For starters, we have a new logo for the show, designed by Miami University graduate David Allen Burns (’16).  I knew David from working with him at the Miami University Rec Center, where he did an outstanding job helping to run our aquatic operations.  Thank you David!

As intended, the purpose of this show is to share the great success stories of Ohioans doing remarkable things in their communities of varying sizes.  Through the wide range of guests, the common traits I have heard are the following:

  • great personal values and great role models
  • high belief & hope
  • monster impact and love of serving others
  • humble with great self-esteem
  • commitment to quality
  • leaders in their community
  • desire to leave a great legacy
  • pride of place

Moving forward, here are my goals in the future development of the show:

  • keep talking to unique, interesting people, giving them another platform to share their remarkable stories
  • develop a set schedule for show releases
  • involve the audience more
  • improve the production quality of the podcast
  • grow the audience
  • partner with great sponsors with high value and purpose

Thank you for your continued listening & support!


#Basketball Offenses vs Man or Zone #Defense

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Is there a Multi-Purpose Basketball Offense?


In the dozen years I coached basketball at different levels, I was far more advanced in my teaching of defense than offense.  I immersed myself in the study of offensive systems, but I was not sure of what I was looking for.


Then, I got clarity on what I wanted.  I wanted to find an offensive system that could be used against any type of defense.  That would free up more practice time to work on skill development, which was my main priority.  


In learning about the 1-4 High Offense and Open Post Offense, I discovered these offenses would cover all situations.  We could run motion, we could ball screen, we could work against a zone, we could have a delay game, we could combat defensive pressure.  The players were able to catch onto the basics quickly, which allowed to incorporate some of the special entries to take advantage of special talents that players had.


Does this system seem like it can help your team?


For only $5.99, coaches can get an instant E-book download from Amazon to your Kindle device, click here.  


This book contains the rationale, diagrams, and YouTube Videos to learn the system.


If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me via twitter @RonSiliko or  Thank you for your time.



The Outstanding Ohioans show, Episode 8-Interview with Jim Paluch of @JPHorizons

This episode will inspire and give great ideas for you to think about for your life and career!  Jim Paluch of JP Horizons is our guest for this show.

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Jim grew up in LaGrange, Ohio, attended Ohio State where he met John Joseph from Episode 5, and then embarked on a landscape architecture career.  He then moved forward to become a coach, speaker, and author of three high-volume selling books to help businesses and professionals move forward toward their goals.

Jim shared 5 principles which he drives his work from.  These are:

  • continuous learning
  • appreciate people
  • positive attitude
  • setting goals
  • don’t quit

Jim calls himself a “motivational listener” and feels he excels at pulling dreams and passions from people.

One of Jim’s missions is to combat physical inactivity in people’s lives.  He has launched the Come Alive Outside movement for people to be involved in.  Click here for more information.  This webpage is a great read if you are concerned about people, especially children, spending so much time playing indoors.

To connect with Jim, you can email him at or through their JP Horizons website.

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Jim referenced Dale Carnegie’s legendary book How To Win Friends and Influence People.  Click here to learn more.

As always, thank you for tuning into the show.