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What’s all this Leadership by Empowerment stuff about?
What’s all this Leadership by Empowerment stuff about?

Leadership groups, leadership teams, player leadership teams, team councils………

What’s going on here? Players making decisions? Players leading? Players taking ownership of their training and playing programs?

  • What’s all this empowerment stuff about?
  • What does engagement mean? Is someone getting married?
  • And what the hell is a leadership group?

I thought coaches coached, managers managed, fans cheered, doctors doctored and players played.

All of sudden every AFL, rugby, football, cricket, netball and rugby league team has embraced a player empowerment leadership model. Five years ago, most of us couldn’t even spell it.

Let’s have closer look at what’s going on.

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Coach = Athlete = Coach
Coach = Athlete = Coach

Apply the same standards and expectations to yourself as you expect from your athletes.

Apply the same standards and expectations to yourself as you expect from your athletes.

One more time, just in case you didn’t get it.

Apply the same standards and expectations to yourself as you expect from your athletes.

Think about it. How can you coach at your best and provide quality coaching services to talented athletes when your own standards and what you expect of yourself is LESS than what you expect of your athletes?

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News Flash: Olympic Cycle Changed to Six Years.
News Flash: Olympic Cycle Changed to Six Years.

News Flash, Lausanne, Switzerland. Here is the latest news.

The IOC today announced that effective immediately there will be two Olympic Cycles.

The first one, known from this date forward as the “Pretenders Cycle” will run on the traditional four year Olympic cycle.

The second cycle, announced today as the “Contenders Cycle”, is a six year cycle. It is expected that the majority of Olympic medal winners will be using the new six year cycle.

Our Olympic reporter Wayne Goldsmith has more…..

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Losing Lyrics:Ten Things Athletes and Coaches Say When They Lose (and what it tells you about them).
Losing Lyrics:Ten Things Athletes and Coaches Say When They Lose (and what it tells you about them).

Know what I really love about high performance sport….what you learn a lot about people.

You see people at their very best when they are happy, excited and jubilant about performing well.

You see people at their very worst when they lose, are disappointed and have experienced failure.

And it is on these moments, when people are at their low point, after experiencing failure that this post is focused…Losing Lyrics: What athletes and coaches say when they lose (and what it tells you about them).

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The Fourth Element – Athlete Engagement!
The Fourth Element – Athlete Engagement!

 

Training Load Lecture Number 1 of every coaching course in the world starts with the 3 standard variables in load management and exercise physiology:

  1. Volume – How much to do
  2. Intensity – How hard to do it
  3. Frequency – How often to do it.

But, once you have coached for a few years and actually worked with athletes, the fourth and perhaps the most important variable of all becomes apparent as the critical determinant of exercise and training:

4. Athlete engagement – How completely the athlete is engaged in doing the activity.

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Sports Science MDID – the Multidisciplinary / Interdisciplinary Approach to Performance Science.
Sports Science MDID – the Multidisciplinary / Interdisciplinary Approach to Performance Science.

These are the most common arguments for why the MD/ID approach to sports science will not work: However, the single counter argument to refute all these is this: Performance is multidisciplinary and multi-factorial by nature. Performance is the balanced integration of physical, mental, technical, tactical, cultural, genetic and other factors. Nothing exists in isolation.  And therefore

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Recruiting a Successful High Performance Team in High Performance Sport
Recruiting a Successful High Performance Team in High Performance Sport

 

Gone are the days of the “Guru” sports coaches: the “Super Coach” of the past has lost his powers to the kryptonite of modern sport – i.e. the increased complexity and sophistication of high performance sports environments.

Sure, the great names of coaching have all been “one man bands” – strong, decisive, authoritarian, personal leadership focused head coaches who controlled every aspect of the team’s performance.

However, high performance sport has developed at an incredible rate over the past twenty years and the knowledge and skills required to win a high performance sporting competition are greater than any one person can bring to the table.

Think of the advances in performance science, sports science, sports medicine, analysis, IT, nutrition, psychology and technology since the 1980s.

How can we expect that any one person can be the expert in all performance areas plus coach the team, deal with the media, work with Club Board and Executive, recruit new players, talk to sponsors, meet the fans etc etc etc?

So – the Coaching Team and High Performance Team concepts are born.

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More with Less part two – the next steps.
More with Less part two – the next steps.

Thanks for the emails and comments and calls about Part one of this article – More with Less.

The basic premise of More with Less is:

“That is, in all probability, changes in society will demand that you will have to find ways of improving the performance of your athletes, players and teams in LESS time”.

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Free E-book: A great resource for all coaches.
Free E-book: A great resource for all coaches.

If you’d like a copy of my great e-book COACHING ESSENTIALS just click, download and enjoy. COACHING ESSENTIALS is a short but powerful book on some of the critical aspects of coaching – motivation, confidence, mental toughness, commitment, greatness and many many more. Whether you coach soccer or swimming, running or rugby, football or frisbee this

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Sports Science: Observations of Philosophies in Sports Science and Sports Medicine in High Performance Sport
Sports Science: Observations of Philosophies in Sports Science and Sports Medicine in High Performance Sport

Sports Science has to Change

Over the past 20 years I have had the fortunate experience of working with some of the leading sporting nations in their quest for elite sporting excellence.

I write this article as a plea to all sports scientists, regardless of discipline, to evaluate what they are doing and think about being more innovative and creative in their methods and practices.

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The High Performance Sport Checklist – Part Two of the List of 50 Things you Must be doing to Succeed in High Performance Sport.
The High Performance Sport Checklist – Part Two of the List of 50 Things you Must be doing to Succeed in High Performance Sport.

Score Key: 0-10: High performance sport is not for you. Maybe try your hand at pavement painting or hole digging or grass mowing or something else which does not require the consistent application of excellence. 11-20: You might dream about being high performance and talk about being high performance, but as for actually understanding it,

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