Gary's Newsletter 378: Coaching the CoachesPosted by Gary R Collins on April 7, 2010 Comments 0
COACHING THE COACHES
That doesn't work well according to Ronald E. Smith and Frank L. Smoll, two psychologists profiled by Monitor on Psychology (April, 2010) in an article titled "Coaching the Coaches." The most effective coaching is not built on fear, conclude these researchers who have trained (coached) more than 25,000 coaches in the
Everybody agrees that winning is extremely important but the researchers have demonstrated empirically that reducing anxiety and improving performance gives a team the best chance for success. Often these coach trainers use what they term "the positive sandwich." Instead of getting angry and expressing frustration when somebody makes a mistake, effective coaches find something positive to say about the play, follow this with specific technical instruction for improvement, and end with encouragement. I don't know if this would work with Tiger Woods or within the NBA. NHL or NFL but does it have relevance to life or executive coaching? Consider this:
- In coaching never forget the importance of encouragement and building trusted relationships.
- Coaching often involves giving direction and refining techniques. The answers are not all found within.
- Compared to criticism, the Mastery Approach significantly reduces dropout and keeps people involved in the game.