I used to base my coaching from the unconscious belief that everyone wanted to learn and improve, but not anymore, as I gave away that fallacy many years ago and shifted to a new fundamental starting point for coaching which is that no one wants to learn and improve and I have to create the condition for learning and improving to happen.
It was something that happened over about a 5-year period, for I went from the position of the coaching I was doing was working to the stage where the coaching I was doing wasn’t working.
The type of coaching I was doing hadn’t changed, the only thing that had really changed was the people that I was working with had:
and as the wheels began to fall off what I was doing, that’s when I asked the question:
What if my players do not want Learn?
And that’s when my approach to coaching changed and I created a new starting point, for the biggest thing I had to do was to go away and to begin learning about people and why and how they learn, for I wasn’t coming from a law enforcement, business or educational background, so I had new information and skills to learn, so now the fundamental starting point for my coaching has become:
How do I create and maintain a Learning Environment?
As soon as one’s players stop wanting to learn, all the knowledge and experience that one has becomes irrelevant