The C’s

C-10 Podcast: Steve Minnis, Ep. 28

  This is a special episode for a couple of different reasons. One, our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program Committee Chair Max Utsler is co-hosting and two, because our guest is Steve Minnis, the president of one of our C-10 Leaders Scholarship partner schools. Minnis became the president of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, in October 2004. Before that, he had a long legal career in the Johnson County prosecutor’s office and with Sprint.  This … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Diane O’Byrne, Ep. 25

  This week’s episode features Diane O’Byrne, one of our C-10 Curriculum Committee members and the founder and Managing Partner of Competitive Resources, a Kansas City based sales coaching company. Although her background is in media and advertising, Diane’s client list is varied from international companies such as Black and Veatch to a local automotive dealer. The sales skillset she coaches can be applied across any industry. In addition to sales coaching, Diane has served … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Matt Marasco, Ep. 22

  After recording the initial episode of the C-10 Podcast with CYITML founder Dayton Moore, he said, “Marasco is someone you need to get on this podcast.” As you’ll hear in this episode, Dayton was right. Marasco, the Royals’ Director of Leadership Development, shares a lot of wisdom about the overall subject of leadership and the differences in leadership styles between players such as Alex Gordon and Whit Merrifield…and how that can apply to anyone … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ron Fredman, Ep. 21

  The beauty of this podcast focusing on leadership and mentoring is that when a company sponsors the podcast, it’s not a shameless plug to interview one of that company’s leaders. As we kick off October, this month’s presenting sponsor is Stepp & Rothwell, Inc., and we’re chatting with the company’s Director of Client Relations, Ron Fredman. Ron joined Stepp & Rothwell earlier this year, after a varied career in leadership and fundraising. He’s been … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Ed Enyeart, Ep. 20

  Today’s guest is somewhat of a unicorn in today’s business world — someone who has been with the same company for more than 25 years…basically since college. We’re excited to be joined by one of our Crown Town Challenge committee members and someone who’s active with various nonprofits around Kansas City, the Senior Vice President of Finance at Cerner, Ed Enyeart.   After opening with “7 Questions,” we talk with Ed about his leadership journey, … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Christina Lively, Ep. 17

    As you talk with people who work for or with Christina Lively, or you just spend a few minutes with her, it’s obvious that she’s a leader with confidence who cares about the people around her. Christina has held various positions over the last few years with CommunityAmerica Credit Union, H&R Block and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC). Early in the pandemic, she made the difficult decision to … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Max Utsler, Ep. 16

  He’s been a guest co-host on other C-10 episodes but today you get to hear another side of our C-10 Curriculum Committee Chair Dr. Max Utsler. Dr. Utsler was instrumental in getting the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program planned and launched before the 2018-19 school year. And, lucky for us, he was about a year from retiring as a long-time journalism professor at the University of Kansas. Earlier this summer, Utsler received broadcast journalism … Read more

C-10 Podcast: Dayton Moore

  Welcome to the C-10 Podcast, where we talk with various community-minded individuals about leadership and mentoring. There’s no better way to start this podcast series than with “C” You In The Major Leagues Founder and Royals General Manager Dayton Moore. In our maiden voyage, Dayton and Matt Fulks sit down outside to discuss Dayton’s vision for the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program, his leadership philosophy, the importance of mentoring…and Dayton takes on the “7 … Read more

CARE: Scott Shannon

Our “C” word for November is CARE. In the CYITML definition, a leader who exhibits CARE: Puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Because of both the timing (early November) and the subject matter (CARE), this is a chance to re-post an article about a former college pitcher and close friend, Scott Shannon. You’re likely in the 98 percent of people reading this who’ve never heard of Scott and, possibly not even Lipscomb University. … Read more

COMPETITOR: Mike Moustakas

This month’s “C” word is COMPETITOR, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone that has the desire and ability to compete; high expectations; is tough-minded; and brings the best out of teammates. When thinking about that definition in regards to baseball, many players and instances come to mind. One of the most fitting for the Royals in recent years is former infielder and fan favorite, Mike Moustakas. One of the … Read more

COMPETITOR: Dayton on Competing

This month’s “C” word is COMPETITOR, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues’ lingo, means someone that has the desire and ability to compete; high expectations; is tough-minded; and brings the best out of teammates. During his regular Friday morning chat with Bob Fescoe on 610 Sports Radio, our Founder and Executive Director Dayton Moore took the definition a step further. Competing — the desire to compete — is perhaps the most important … Read more

COMPETITOR: Tom Watson

This month’s “C” word is COMPETITOR. In the CYITML definition, COMPETITOR is someone with a desire and ability to compete; high expectations; tough-minded, or an ability to overcome; and brings the best out of teammates. This week, though, we’re leaving team sports to focus on an individual who has embodied COMPETITOR throughout his career: Tom Watson, who led last weekend’s Senior British Open on Saturday. The following is an article that was previously written for … Read more

CONFIDENCE: Kelvin Herrera

Our “C” word this month is CONFIDENCE. The word can mean many things, but it boils down to this in the CYITML definition: Accepts constructive criticism; will try something new; positive attitude; views self as a winner. Keeping in mind the idea of trying something new, consider going to a new country for work, having never visited that country, and not knowing how to speak the language. In the game of baseball, so many Latin … Read more

CONFIDENCE: Leo and the Bird

Our “C” word this month is CONFIDENCE. That word can mean so many things, but it boils down to this in the CYITML definition: Accepts constructive criticism; will try something new; positive attitude; views self as a winner. One person who stands out from Royals’ history who exuded CONFIDENCE on the mound is Dennis Leonard. In a career that included 144 wins, a franchise-best 103 complete games and 23 shutouts (both likely will remain at … Read more

COMPREHENSION: Whit Merrifield

Life hits us with curveballs with situations that we may have never encountered before. That’s especially true at work, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. Situations that test who we are. Situations that test our reactions. One particular Royal was tested in a way he probably hadn’t experienced for a few years. This month’s “C” word is COMPREHENSION, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone who applies instruction, has a strong … Read more

COMPREHENSION: Mike Jirschele

In a world where understanding can be one of the most difficult things to grasp, a certain Royal understood the game of baseball so intently that many of us wouldn’t have even thought to recognize. The particular Royal isn’t your common household name, but has had a huge impact on the Royals’ success: Mike Jirschele. This month’s “C” word is COMPREHENSION, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone who applies … Read more

COMPREHENSION: Monty & Mac

This month’s “C” word is COMPREHENSION, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone who applies instruction, has a strong aptitude, makes adjustments at appropriate times, and has the ability to adjust quickly. When thinking about that definition in regards to baseball, many players and instances come to mind. There are in-game moments, when a batter hits to the opposite field and beats the shift, for instance. Then there are those … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Mark Gubicza

This month’s “C” word is CONCENTRATION. In “C” You In The Major Leagues’ vernacular, CONCENTRATION is a person who has the ability to focus; hones instincts; prepares with a purpose. Any player who’s been successful in the major leagues could check off CONCENTRATION as a character trait. That’s especially true for pitchers. In Royals’ history, one who sticks out as much as any other is Mark Gubicza. A full version of this story about Gubicza … Read more