“Learning from the past” should not be a random thing. We should have a planning process, make and execute plans and look at them after they are executed. Ask, "What worked?", and do more of that and less of what didn’t work. When someone says they learned their lesson, it's often simply because a thing … Continue reading Principle #5: Learn, Intentionally
What happens when a team just loses it's mojo? Is this simply a "that's what happens sometimes", situation or can it be fixed? Finding the cause, or lighting a spark...is one more important than the other? Go back. Go deep. Go internal. Ask good questions about why this team plays or works on the things … Continue reading Team Malaise
Problem identified. Now flip it and look at it with a long lens. What opportunities do you see? After you've decided that this situation is indeed a problem to be addressed and that there is a change to make, you've made a giant step in the right direction. You probably see a chance to make … Continue reading Problems, Part II
Is it really a time thing?
Coaches spend time thinking about and communicating what we are for; what we stand for, what we'll fight for, what behaviors we want to see. We don't spend time thinking about what we're against. What are some of the things that people say, do or require that you disagree with? Maybe you do some of … Continue reading What Are You Against?
What is integrity? It's on the lockerrom signs, gym banners and tshirts that list core values of teams across the country. Most won't have a strong and clear definition. I say it's integration of who you are and what you do. Knowing what you believe in is key. The central values like trust and communication … Continue reading Integrity
Recently, I've been taking the time to think critically about the things that I have taken as gospel as a coach over my career. Like goal setting, for example. For many years I spent time talking to teams about SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic/relevant, timely, although there are many other versions of the SMART … Continue reading The Ungoal
There are lots of ways to "know" how programs are doing. Watch them play, read about them on social media, hear from those close to that other team... It's easy to judge the good and the bad from afar, and we can assess the issues that can plague any group or team just by watching … Continue reading Not In My Backyard
Do you view happiness as a goal? Do your players? Can happiness be an end state? "I'll be happy when we win ______," "I'll be happy when I'm a starter," "That team seems so happy!" All of those are may be true, however, we also know that we don't just show up and say, "let's … Continue reading Chasing Happiness
Coach, what is your team culture all about? Not, "what is the culture of your team?", but, "what does 'culture' mean in your program?" Is it a set of values or a way of being? Is it up to the coach or this year's team? Or, a bit of both? Do players value the program … Continue reading Culture?