Motivation & Leadership

10 Days into the 2012 Volleyball Season

10 Days in to the Volleyball Season Perpetually Dissatisfied and Always in a Hurry This is the second quote on our whiteboard. This time next week we will have played 3 matches. There just is never enough time to get everything in place – NEVER. One aspect of our coaching staff that I’m greatly enjoying…

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Coaching is Hard

This post is certainly long overdue. As such, I’m going to combine a couple of different topics into one post. You will forgive me, but like many of you, I’m deep into preparing for a season with considerable promise. Club Coaching is Hard I coached an 18’s club team is past club season. I learnt…

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Five Coaching Strengths that Produce Champions

This summer’s Olympics got us thinking: how do we as managers and leaders become coaches who elicit greatness in others? A study of the coach-athlete relationships that yield successful performance, released by the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2010, has some findings worth adapting to the coaching of corporate performers. Authored by Penny Werthner, an Olympic…

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Times are Changing

This article was sent to us by a client.  Did you ever think Drill Sergeants would do away with the yelling that exists during training?  How does this relate to coaching?  It seems that the “tyrant coaching style” is becoming more “old school.”  Building solid relationships with your athletes, while still maintaining a standard of…

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Stepping Up When it Matters (it always matters)

We have all heard about the great competitors who raise the level of their game when it matters most.  I’m not buying it. Great competitors, from May/Walsh to the USA men’s gold-medal teams to Michael Jordan, compete with a sense of urgency even when it doesn’t matter–that is a defining trait of a great competitor. …

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Helicopter Coaches

The other day I was reading an article in a magazine about Helicopter Parenting—the term given to parents who hover over their child’s every move. The author gave 5 suggestions to avoid doing for our children what they can and should do for themselves. We coaches can glean lots of good advice that applies directly…

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Lessons From the Las Vegas Invitational

This past weekend I coached my first ever 3 day Juniors Tournament in Las Vegas. I’ve spent many days recruiting this tournament, but have never stayed long enough to see the finals. This year, my club team played well enough to be in the final of the 18 Open Division. Unfortunately, we came up short….

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Why Athletes Disengage

My first overseas volleyball experience was bitter-sweet. The sweet parts for me were the opportunities to get to know a new culture, the chance to learn a new language, and the chance to get to make some amazing friends. Even better was getting paid to improve at the sport that I loved. In contrast to…

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Super Bowl – Consequence of Little Things

The 2011 PAC 12 Season is looking like it will be the last where a true double round-robin is used to determine the conference championship.  As such, our staff is working hard to ask a lot of important questions about the nature of our conference, the key skills that need to be developed in order…

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Expectations

How many of you have coached a team and had what was termed as a “big win”? Three weeks ago my team experienced exactly that. We played a team everyone assumed would be victorious against us. We prepared for this match just like any other match; we were prepared to compete. We had what we…

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