The 5 Basics of being a GREAT #Coach or #Athlete

There are basic requirements for developing successful performances that every Coach Manager or Athlete needs to get right. Here are the basics we help develop.

“Nobody cares what you know until, they know you care.”

If you want your athlete or coach to change something, nothing helps better than when they know you care about them as a person, and also share their vision of what they are trying to achieve. This is why we routinely conduct specialized group goal setting sessions which are influenced by individuals values.

“Know peoples Values”

I don’t mean what they are worth, but what they believe in. If you understand an athletes beliefs then you can work with them. if you don’t, then you can end up making big mistakes which can damage relationships and hurt feelings.

“No body remembers what you said they only remember how you made them feel”

The message is not the feeling!

This picture says it all. While the message is one thing and is something you may one day forget, you will always remember the feeling. Increasingly, researchers are understanding how unreliable memory is, and can even implant false memories into people. How do your messages really come across to your athletes or team mates?

“Communication is the message you get back not the one you send”

Have you ever had the experience that you have been misinterpreted by someone, and its their misunderstanding? When you hold your self responsible for peoples interpretations of your messages, you become a better communicator. Too often people are happy to blame other people for miss communications. Blame is a performance crippler, it allows you to shirk your responsibilities and enables you to be content with not doing better.

“Blame is failure. Responsibility is success.”

The big difference between winning coaches is that they take responsibility for their weaknesses and they look for expert advice. I got a phone call from a manager recently. “Well Hugh, we beat them for the first time ever, a lot of that is due to you.” Its funny because I had never worked with this team or even met the players, but I have worked with the manager and helped him achieve all of the above by regular phone consults. He attributed some of the team’s success to me, but in actual fact without him taking responsibility for his communication and seeking help, those consults wouldn’t have happened.

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