I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.
People are remarkably bad at remembering long lists of goals.
I learned this at a professional level when trying to get my high-performance coaching clients to stay on track; the longer their lists of to-dos and goals, the more overwhelmed and off-track they got. Clarity comes with simplicity.
Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching,
I’ve learned from making mistakes.
I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you’re doing. You have to be a salesman,
and you have to get your players, particularly your leaders,
to believe in what you’re trying to accomplish on the basketball floor.
I learned this about coaching: You don’t have to explain victory and you can’t explain defeat.
If you can’t get emotional about what you believe in your heart, you’re in the wrong business.
What makes a great coach? Credibility, creativity in solving problems, effectiveness in communication, as well as an understanding that the details create success,
that small things usually make the difference between good and great.
I never cease to be amazed at the power of the coaching process to draw out the skills or talent that was previously hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds
a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable.
Probably my best quality as a coach is that I ask a lot of challenging questions and let the person come up with the answer.
You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them,
but by building a fire within.
Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.
The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.
Coaching 101: First you build the team, and then you build the torture chamber
I learn teaching from teachers.
I learn golf from golfers.
I learn winning from coaches.
Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.
— John Wooden
Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.