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Growing up, we dream of being like our sporting heroes and even when we have grown up, we watch on with admiration and respect. But not many people have an understanding of what goes on behind the scenes to get athletes on the field week to week in season. Many would believe that elite athletes are pampered and lead a charmed life. My week long experience showed me that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
High performance is a term that is thrown around sport with a relentless drive towards achieving results. Many believe that this requires resources, the latest technology and supplements and fancy training equipment. Whilst this is true in elite sport, it is nothing without purpose. If you were to build the world’s best sports club, what would it look like? Where would you start in terms of building that club? I would start by building a talented team that had the attitude to match the values of the club.
A great communicator isn’t the first one talking. They are listening, understanding those they are working with and taking the time to get to know everyone at a personal level first. Like with great leaders, great communicators build trust within their team and this only occurs through deep listening for true understanding. I've got six old school tips for leaders who want to be great communicators. Why old school? Because the tried and true methods work best quite often!
As parents, building our children’s confidence and self-esteem in this competitive World is seen as a vital outcome if we are to be seen as ‘successful parents’. Combine this with a society where consumerism, online reviews and ratings are the norm, then expectations of the products we consume are increasing. This includes the sports programs that we as volunteers run. So what can you do as a club and coach to manage these expectations?
We have all heard the saying ‘planning prevents a piss poor performance’. We demand that our coaches have an annual plan for their teams. We want our teams to best prepare for each game given the amount of time and resources each club puts into getting them onto the field each week. So why is it, that many clubs and sporting organisations don’t have a strategic plan that is regularly reviewed and constantly used? I actually don’t have a good answer to that question, because I think that it should be a priority.
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