A fundamental aspect of becoming a great coach is understanding the difference between content and intent: understanding the difference between the science of coaching and the art of coaching. So much of great coaching comes from working with athletes as human beings and inspiring them to be more than they can be without our coaching.
[powerpress] A More with Less World. We live in a world where people are looking to get a better result with less effort and with the investment of fewer resources. Sport is right in the middle of that mix – the “more with less” generation. Coaches are continually thinking, “how do I get the
The secret to success. The one thing that will turn your life around. The one thing that when you do it will make all your dreams come true. And what is it? You already know what it is. This article points out that everyone knows the secret to success – but we just aren’t prepared to actually commit to putting into practice.
There’s a great phrase that goes”real talent is harder to hide than it is to find”. Athletes with real physical talent stand out – their physical talent is obvious and it will be demonstrated at training and in competition in many ways. But to realise your full potential as an athlete, it’s about so much more than muscle. It’s about all the mental, emotional and character qualities like passion, commitment, dedication, determination, drive, desire and toughness. This podcast and post discusses the concept of talent identification in sport and challenges coaches to look for more than obvious signs of talent – to look past the physical aspects of talent and to adopt a more holistic approach to developing talented athletes: one that focuses on the less tangible areas and harder to measure aspects of performance.
[powerpress] Leadership in sport is a little bit like the weather. Everyone talks about it, everybody’s got a view about it, but very few people really understand it. We’ve made a big transition in sport over the last 20 years. A long time ago, sport and leadership is very much about captaincy. At the beginning
[powerpress] Every coach in every sport will tell you that their sport is about skill. Football coaches, it’s about skill. Swimming coaches, it’s about skill. Rugby coaches, it’s about skill. Every sport believes that their sport is based on the fundamentals of the core skills of their sport. And to the most part they’re right.
[powerpress] I have been involved in coach education for half my life. My passion is to help coaches be all they can be because in turn, while educating coaches, their athletes can also hope to achieve and realize their full potential. But coach education, the way we’ve done it, has failed. It’s failed. Speaking with
[powerpress] The concept of visualization or imagery has been around for a long long time. Anybody who’s daydreamed, anybody who’s sat and thought about what could be or what might be and specifically, anyone who’s sat and thought how would that look like? Everyone can see themselves in a different role. For example you might
[powerpress] Reverse coaching is the topic that I use when I’m running workshops for coaching groups. You can see immediately when I say, “We’re going to talk about reverse coaching” that everyone in the room initially looks puzzled. Now let me explain reverse coaching. One of the things you’ll notice with experienced coaches is they
[powerpresss] Every nation that I’ve visited over the past 20 years has tried to put in place a high performance sport system of some kind and most of the time that’s based around 2 things, funding and academies and institutes of sport or high performance centers. It doesn’t really matter what they’re called. But typically
10000 hours to create a world class athlete. I don’t think so. Being the best is not about what you do…it’s how you do it. It’s understanding the difference between “content” and “intent” and that the attitude of an athlete to the way they train, prepare, compete and recover is what really makes a difference. This article and podcast challenges the 10000 hours concept and suggests that quality coaching and athlete engagement is what matters. Don’t count the training time….make the training time count.
[powerpress] I’m seeing some really exciting changes in sport happening around the world and a shift towards what I call “new sport.” What we are seeing in a lot of the Olympic sports and what we call the high commitment sports – swimming, athletics, rowing, cycling, gymnastics, diving – sports which are asking and demanding a