Practical advice and knowledge to help leaders.
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.
The current era of All Blacks domination started in a hole, a deep hole, in 2003. They lost to Australia in the Semi Finals of the World Cup, 22-10, despite going into the tournament as favourites. Then in 2004 lost to South Africa with a dangerous alcoholic aftermath that bought to the surface the toxic culture and poor leadership principles being employed. Something had to change. Under Graham Henry and following a three-day meeting in the NZRU headquarters in Wellington, a conversation began about how to fix the issues. And so began the organisational change required to bring the All Blacks into the Professional era.
In the 2014/15 Northern Territory Football League, I was lucky enough to work with Andrew Hodges at Wanderers Football Club. Andrew bought four rules to the playing group that I wanted to reflect on, as there are some lessons I have learnt through my time in the Military and the challenges I faced throughout my service.
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