The Value of a Serious, Thoughtful Coaching Philosophy

Looking back, I did not realize how unprepared I was for what lay ahead. Despite this relative unpreparedness, I found myself at the University of Wyoming, coaching players who were only a few years younger than me. I’m thankful I was not asked to articulate my coaching philosophy during the job interview. As I began my career, possessing a well-constructed coaching philosophy wasn’t on my radar.

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Core Values and Leadership Are Equally Essential

A true test of one’s philosophy and leadership skills comes when the fire is hot. It’s easy to be a leader during smooth sailing times. However, in times of stress, one needs to implement actions reflective of sound core values. Coaches, by default, are placed in a position where their core values and leadership are tested daily.

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Model Your Coaching After Abe Lincoln!

Jim Collins, the author of the best-selling business book “Good to Great,” was giving a speech on leadership. He offered the following scenario. “I would like you to picture Abraham Lincoln, sitting there at 1:30 in the morning in October 1862, getting the battle reports from Antietam. Seven thousand Americans, North and South, dying in…

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