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Good teams have good managers and those managers “got good” by developing trust within the team Act Consistently Teams watch their manager’s behavior very closely, and will take note of how you behave. If you behave consistently – ...
Culture
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Phil Jackson – “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Great teams know how to come together. They trust each other. They communicate. They connect. A great team is ...
Get your players to learn/buy into/participate and even contribute during training sessions.  The aim should be at the beginning of the season to have very clear moments, usually 6 weeks, in which tactical developments take place, create a ...
Here are 8 quotes that shed some light on the legendary coach, Dean Smith. Exec Summary Leadership – develop followers Praise the right things Life and Death – it is not otherwise you are dead Do Right – ...
Accountability is the acceptance of responsibility for one’s own actions. It implies a willingness to be transparent, allowing others to observe and evaluate one’s performance. ________________ Holding yourself accountable can be challenging.  Holding others to high standards is ...
“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” Tom Landry The ...
Podcasts are a great way of learning whilst you can be doing some other mundane activity (driving, on the train – walking the dog?) If you are seriously interested in doing this properly then you can get some ...
Are you supporting entitlement with any players in your program? They will destroy your culture. Here are 10 reflective questions COACHES can ask themselves to make sure. Do I provide special treatment or privileges to certain athletes? Do ...
Do you want to have fun doing something or do you want to do something that is rewarding? Have you ever heard the following statement: “The sport just isn’t FUN for me anymore.”? It is said too many ...
My values I coach to help develop players, to help them be the best they can be Everyone must have fun – but be “in the game” I look to win but not at the expense of player ...
“Mediocre people hate high achievers, and high achievers hate mediocre people.” A big key to success is in surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Who you hang with matters. If you want to be great, find greatness in others. ...
Bad Apples
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Ever heard the phrase that “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.”? When you are developing a culture especially in a grass roots environment there are few things harder to deal with as a coach. It is ...
Here is a TO-DO list for your Team Leaders – get it wrong and it can destroy a team  You MUST lead by example, if you cannot lead yourself then they will not follow. At practice In the ...
Coaches Play Favorites, they want to Win. But they don’t play the favorites many think they do. Here are 7 FAVORITES that coaches play. Players they can Trust Can they trust you? Can they count on you?If you ...
How to kill the culture drip by drip… Show up late Complain about calls No accountability Blame others Bad body language Skip reps Take-off plays Negative energy Sloppy in practice No communication How to kill your culture instantly? ...
You’ve hurt someone – do you know how to repair things: Here’s one methodology : Own your role: communicate that you understand how you hurt them. Focus solely on them, not your own feelings. By owning your role, ...
The core 8 Realities that All Head Coaches Face: It will consume you. Coaching is more than just a job – it’s a way of life. You’ll spend countless hours planning practices, analyzing film, and strategizing for the ...
Some phrases that team leaders can use to help hold their teammates ACCOUNTABLE. “That is not the way we do things here.” This is a simple yet powerful team culture statement. It lets your teammate know that their ...
At least once every couple of seasons you should get leadership or teams into a room to map out and discuss your teams existing or desired culture. Collaboration is key, so try out the following approach: 10+ minutes: ...
“There’s no team without trust,” says Paul Santagata, Head of Industry at Google. Paul carried out a massive two-year study on team performance, which revealed that the highest-performing teams have one thing in common: psychological safety, the belief that you ...
An ode from Dan Abrahams about grassroots coaching The grassroots coach is the greatest of psychologists… Far greater than Pep Guardiola or Mikel Arteta. Far, far greater! They’re job is much easier…they have time aplenty and money to ...
10 things high performing teams have in common A list from (Adam Commens Australian Hockey gold medal winner from his 2 Gold medal campaigns) If you are half an hour early you’re late Both teams had a critical ...
Getting the first practice right with a new team is critical, you have no relationship with them you do not know who or what they so on that basis here are the top 5 things I prioritize in ...
How do you know if things are going well? An essential element in the success of any team is a selection of people who can cover “diverse terrain”, bring different skills to bear and basically work together. but ...
Philosophy
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@AllistairMcCaw Obtaining excellence is a continual process that requires long-term planning, failing and a lot of perseverance. Excellence isn’t a final destination, it’s the journey. You choose excellence (or not) on a daily basis. 2023 – planning What ...
5 great coaches – common denominators (Sir Alex, Pep, Klopp, TenHag, Mourinho) Has most important voice Players know their place Certain element of fear Brutal honesty at all times Too much autonomy given to players leads to disorder ...
One of the fundamentals of coaching is to have a philosophy. As a coach, you should have a series of guiding principles for your coaching practice and managing your athletes/group. It is a lot more than a few ...

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