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7 Keys to Being A Great Coach - Notes

Philosophy that coaching a sport is not about the sport itself as about the people. Aims therefore to instil good values, principles and standards.

A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life’ John Wooden

1st Key – Standards. In coaching world you are defined by 2 things ‘ the legacy you leave behind and the standards you keep as a coach and human being.’

3 kinds of standards: Personal standards, Organizational standards, Standards for Athletes and clients

First must set the example you expect to see. Leaders go first and you must be prepared to get out of your comfort zone too. ‘Your example isn’t the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.’ Coach Don Meyer

Goals are set in the distance, standards are the everyday process for getting better. Take care of process results take care of themselves. (See to Bill Walsh). Importance of daily routine to max productivity

Life long learning – an enduring commitment.

3 things that matter most in an organization: Finding the right people, building a strong culture and setting high standards.

I have always put standards before personalities’ Graham Henry All Blacks Rugby Coach

Alex Ferguson before you can build a great team you first have to build a great organization – this takes time. (See Clive Woodward ‘Winning’ on this process / struggle within England Rugby)

Eddie Jones England Rugby environment - ‘Values=behaviours’ disciplined culture very clear rules (standards) consistent communication and v high work ethic.

Clive Woodward was Director of Sport for British Olympic Assoc in 2012 & drew up a list of 15 standards for all of the 550 competing UK atheletes.

‘Your character is who you are, your reputation is what others think of you’ John Wooden

Standards should be in place for all basic processes such as communication, dress timeliness etc, fill list 476 (Kindle version)

Establish a standard of excellence – how you expect something to be done. (See Bill Walsh Score Takes care of itself and Wooden) ‘If you allow poor attitudes, effort and body language then you are simply defining the standards you accept as a coach’

Each session scorecard for: ’attitude, body language, commitment, discipline, effort, fuel (hydration and food)’

The difference between the good & the great lies in their standards of excellence’

McCaw’s standards listed and detailed p627: Time management, body language, communications, dress code, preparation, no cell phones at practice, accountability, right attitude and effort, no excuses only solutions, right work ethic, helping others for good of the team, commitment, acceptance of feedback, process not result driven, look to contribute to a positive environment, learning environment, good sportsmanship and respect. Also lists Bill Walshe’s 10 Standards of Performance and Sir Clive Woodward’s 15 standards for the 2012 British Olympic Team.

Second Key, Method.

Should have your own method provides identity, represents what you believe in encompasses your training methods and your WHY.

Should be able to discus what they believe in why they believe it and how they go about business. Examples of organizations and teams with good systems: Bolshoi ballet, The New York Knicks basketball team, Sky cycling.

Coaching is about caring, connecting and communicating’

Your method (philosophy / doctrine) should include: A style that matches your personality, training methods, methods for building a positive environment & culture, methods for developing high standards, how you develop a player, methods for warm ups, stretching and cool down, methods for recovery.

Method help keep things simple (SOP)

Get into the habit of writing things down – Bobby Robson who hired Jose Mourinho at Barcelona said he listened watched everything, asked questions and wrote everything down – compiling his own philosophy.

Whens are very important often the best teachers, when to say something or introduce something, when to change, add or subtract.

4 Pillars of the McCaw Methos. Movement, Mindset, Muscle, Motivation – supported by 3 things: Standards, Fundamentals & Preparation

Key 3 Adapt

The Only thing that is constant is change’ Hericlitus

Change should be seen as a positive, allows you always to be learning and getting better.

Chapter looks at constant change, understanding the generation your working with (the method will need to flex) understand different learning styles of players.

Go where others aren’t willing to go. Do what others aren’t willing to do. That is where opportunity and success lie.’

Find strengths, magnify and build on them.

Have to communicate with your listener in a way they understand. Not what you say but what is understood that matters.

Need to adapt (look at Elmore’s Generation iY) re millennials.

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we need to teach the way they learn’ Ignacio Estrada

You don’t improve with criticism but rather the right type of information.

Key 4 Energy.

Your energy introduces you before you speak!’ Anon

Energy and enthusiasm will get you a lot further than certificates and badges.

3 Areas – Personal energy, motivation and the energy business.

We become what we attract and become what we hold in our minds. To give energy you first have to have it yourself. Personal sleep nutrition and exercise all critical to this. Need to be like a radio DJ arrive pumped for work and ready to give out energy.

Champions don’t become champions on the field of play or the court they become champions in their daily habits.

‘Normal does not create excellence’

6 things important for getting the best out of athletes:

Find out what motivates them and tap into it

Create an environment that motivates them

Reward the right things and qualities

Catch them doing the right things and tell them

Provide incentives along the way

Celebrate small wins – win the practice!

7 ways to stay motivated: Set goals, keep it fun, keep a journal, be accountable, grow your passion, keep a good attitude, celebrate small wins.

Being a coach = being in the service and energy business

Key 5 Interpersonal Skills

Have to understand people – CNP certified nice person

Listening skills, use questions to explore. 80:20 listening to talking. Consistency in all you say and do (=trustworthy)

‘Most dangerous phrase this is the way it’s always been done around here.’

Know the person not just the athlete. Five C’s: Connection, communication, compliment, care and contact.

Key 6 Fundamentals

‘The fundamentals may be boring, but it’s where excellence and consistency are created’

Foundations consist of standards, preparation and fundamentals.

Patience is important, repetition is boring and we get distracted by novelty. No short cuts to some things. See TED talk habits of highly boring people by Chris Savve.

Fundamentals take time and repetitive practice.

Key 7 Invest

‘There is no better investment you can make than in yourself’ Warren Buffet

Investment in yourself means to be always learning and curious to expand your knowledge, good nutrition, sleep exercise, gratitude connectedness, good routines and constant desire for improvement.