Practical advice and knowledge to help leaders.
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!
When I watch my four year old son in the playground, I see a few things. I see imagination, creativity, learning and him challenging himself to learn new things. He knows when to ask me for help and when to tell me he can do something himself. He is engaged in his learning in this playground and he is learning how to perform. Don’t we want something similar for our athletes? For them to be engaged in their performance, where they are learning and thriving?
As coaches, we are often seen as many different things to a youth athlete – coach, teacher, leader, mental support, parental figure, role model. In today’s world where often both parents are working, the nuclear family is under strain or non-existent then the relationship between athlete and coach is much different to that of previous generations. In my athletic performance framework, a key part for an athlete to achieve their potential in performance is to be well educated in managing their personal wellness.
The aim of a meeting should be to bring a group of people together to unite around a common cause and leave energized to continue to reach the vision of the organisation. More often than not we leave thinking that we work with a group of individuals who have no idea and there is usually one who you would rather avoid being in the same room as.
© 2019 Paul Mead