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You gotta move ya feet
We’ve all been there. Perhaps as a parent, guardian, on-looker or passing by the local high school.
‘Move, move. You gotta move ya feet.’
Over and over again the coach insisted. Like an irate seagull fighting for scraps of bread. Until they said, ‘Okay, bring it in. What’s wrong with you today? Why aren’t you moving your feet?’
The player shrugged. ‘I’m just not feeling it today’. And that was the end of the session.
Quite often it’s this style of sports-coaching that is associated with coaching in the workplace.
However, it’s not what we call coaching.
Well-meaning adults expecting others to fall in line
Sadly, what I had just witnessed could be playing out on any court or in any sport. In fact, all around the world. Coaches, parents and well-meaning adults. Whatever their relationship to the player – yelling directions at their players and expecting them to fall in line and change.
Furthermore, we see this in the workplace also. Perhaps without the yelling. But with the expectation that if a manager gives you a direction, you are going to fall in line.
Now we are not talking about not following directions. Or any form of insubordination or breaking the code of conduct.
‘The real job (of a coach) is to understand how people communicate. Because it is different for everyone.’
The practice of communication
Communication is stated as one of the three top qualities of a great coaches. Especially, by many coaches and players including: former WTA World No. 1 in doubles, tennis player and coach Gigi Fernandez. In addition, former WTA World No. 1 tennis player Justine Henin. Also, Australia’s own, former WTA World No. 26 tennis player, World No. 3 in doubles and media commentator Casey Dellacqua. Just to name a few.
What Makes a Great Coach? gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own coaching practices. And communication is Practice number 9.
Importantly we offer key questions that we can all use to reflect on how we communicate.
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