Coaching, when one first begins always takes on a natural progression, and the first port of call is always learning about the skills, techniques and tactics, but the thing that we forget is that sport is played by people and we have to learn to find a balanced approach when we come to learn about coaching.
And essentially that is what my work has become, for has one ever noticed that a lot of the top appointed coaches generally have a background in either law enforcement, business or education?
For as Simon Sinek so eloquently put it in one of his talks, if you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.
And the same applies to sport, if you don’t understand people, you don’t understand coaching, and two people I have come across in this people centric approach to sports coaching are:
And I’ve include links to their website so one can explore their worlds and philosophies being worked to.
So in our approach to coaching, we have to find a balance between taking a people centric approach and learning about the skills, techniques and tactics to what we do and at the moment our approach to coaching education has been focused on the later for as I always say, if your players do not want to learn, all the knowledge that one has becomes irrelevant.
Anything we do has a natural progression to it, for we all start with a limited amount of information and we work with what we’ve got and it’s only by expanding that information and having an open mind, that we realise that there is more we need to learn.
When we begin coaching, first one begins with understanding the game, then moves on to understanding people, now we have to learn to balance the two