THURSDAY, OCT 20, 2011
- Clearly describe what you want. Since we’re the leader, our teams want us to be strong, clear, and unwavering. I’m not saying that the game plan can’t change…good coaches make in-game adjustments. And I’m not saying that you can’t use different methods to try and reach your team…if it ain’t working, you’ve got to switch things up. Here’s what I’m saying: every coach needs to have beliefs that don’t change about how we will approach our job. Is it okay to yell at your team? How will you handle it when a player blatantly disobeys you? Is it okay to curse at and/or around your team? There are many other questions to think about, but thinking along these lines will help you to send a clear and consistent message to your team.
- Model behaviors you expect. If we want our teams to remain composed during tough times, then that’s what we’ve got to do. If we want our teams to compete ‘til the very end, then they’ve got to see our competitive juices flowing as well. I think it’d be pretty hard for our teams to remain loyal to us if we’re asking them to behave in a certain way, yet we weren’t willing to operate under the same rules.