The biggest hurdle in sport isn’t in understanding the skills, techniques and tactics, it’s in understanding peoples behaviour and knowing what makes them tick.
In terms of coaching, I have found peoples personalities is a smokescreen to what goes into making a successful team, for two people can have the same type of personality and one wants to learn and the other does not.
All the books I have read on psychology, though helpful found hard and at times confusing and not to practical.
And as usual, I’ve put things into my own language so that I can understand it and the following 5 posters is my take on the key aspects in understanding people and the effect that they have on the coaching process.
Types of people in sport
Aspects of a Succeeding Mind and a Failing Mind
What a Learning Environment Looks Like
Behaviours of Needy People
Aspects of the Psychopathic Mind
And what’s presented here doesn’t only apply to sport, it applies to every aspect of life and it was two important questions asked that helped in clarifying and coming to the above.
And those two questions were simply this:
What are successful coaches working from that isn’t being taught?
What if my players do not want to learn?
And now that you know about needy people and the psychopathic mind and the aspects to look out for in each you will start spotting and identifying them very, very quickly.
Importantly when looking at peoples behaviour, it is always pays to remember this:
A single behaviour done once will not indicate a needy person or the psychopathic mind, though a cluster of behaviours or repeating pattern will
And if you type into the search bar of my blog, what if my players do not want to learn? you will come across a number of posts reveling the answers to the above two questions, and when looking to work out things, what becomes important is this:
Until one asks questions, one won’t get an answer and one wont understand