I am very interested in hearing from coaches, about how their work is recognised by others. There may be a difference between volunteer coaches and those who are paid; however, for some coaches, being paid for works rendered is only a part of the deal. Being publicly recognised as the coach who did good work … Continue reading Coaches – How Important is Recognition to You?
Working in sport, I spent a great deal of time talking about coaches and coaching, and am fascinated about how people define what "good". It is very subjective, and often debate-provoking. Most of us will measure what good coaching - or a good coach - is, by using a different score card. Is a coach … Continue reading What Does a Good Coach Do?
One of the fundamental differences between a good coach and a great coach is openness to learning. Good coaches are happy with what they know - their sport, their methods, their people. Great coaches are restless learners and seek knowledge from outside their area of expertise. The reality is that to be a great coach, … Continue reading Great Coaches Learn From Other Sports
When it comes to coaching, we are too often judged by our ability to talk. We believe that we need to take the knowledge out of our head, give it to our athletes, and watch them improve. We talk about about team selection, athletes, tactics and strategies, what we would do in a certain situation, … Continue reading Coaches – We Need To Listen Better
It is interesting to me that a quiet, introverted person will often be accused of lacking in social skills. However, by listening to others talk without the need to speak, we are actually practising the most important social skill of all. We carry an image of what a coach should do, and this is often … Continue reading Coaching: Listening Is The Real Super Power.
As someone with a vested interest in sport coaching and sport development, it continues to amaze me how many of us are not living by the same rules that we demand of the groups we work with. We turn up, we do our work and we go home - but other than that, what are … Continue reading Getting Better at Sport: Not Just a Job For Athletes.
One of the most pleasing trends in sport development is the recognition of how sport can improve a person's mental health. For as long as I can remember, we have tried to persuade people into sport and physical activity by using the physical health argument - it will increase our "fitness" / reduce our chance … Continue reading Mental Health: Share Stories, Not Stats.