Lunch & Learn: The Next Minute

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to do something a little different! I just got done with a coaching session with one of my college coaching clients and we were discussing building toughness in his athletes. We discussed using The Next Minute Mindset with his team! I remembered that we decided to put our team mentality out their to our recruits early so they would know what to expect when they got to campus so we made a Podcast. I am going to peel back the curtain and have you listen in on that recruiting message and then make you an offer to implement this into your program!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday at 7SecondCoach is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. These are not easy Podcasts to listen to but there may not be more important ones for you or your athletes! I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

 

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Lunch & Learn: No Enemy At The Gate

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to talk about our athletes mentality of “No Enemy At The Gate.” We all want our athletes to be at their best whether we are a coach or a parent, but we are trying to do that in the way that was best for us – not they way that is best for them! We have to learn to teach the same concepts in a different way and that is what “No Enemy At The Gate” is all about!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

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Lunch & Learn: The “I Love Watching You Play” Problem

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to talk about the “I Love Watching You Play” problem. This is a little deeper challenge than just simply having something nice to say after a game! We are losing over 60% of our athletes before they ever get to high school and it isn’t that they just decided to stop playing – THEY HAD A REASON TO QUIT! Our athletes are having bad experiences and it’s not just the parents and its not just the coaches – we all have a part in this play!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

Thanks for tuning in and we will talk with you next Wednesday!

Lunch & Learn: The Only Goal

In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to talk about the ONLY GOAL that parents and coaches should have for their athletes! We are losing over 60% of our athletes before they ever get to high school! The challenge isn’t that the kids don’t want to win or don’t want to get better – it’s the changing of the goals that adults have for our athletes!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

Thanks for tuning in and we will talk with you next Wednesday!

Lunch & Learn: It Takes What It Takes

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In today’s Lunch & Learn we are going to take a look at what Coach Saban means by “It Takes What It Takes” as it relates to making or breaking you & your athletes career. As much as I agree with coach Saban on this with regard to athletes I also have a different perspective that I think matters for athletes and the coaches who coach them!

Lunch & Learn Wednesday is dedicated to providing insights into the hard topics that often require introspection. I remember using my lunch period as a teacher & coach as an opportunity to advance myself personally, in peace!

Thanks for tuning in and we will talk with you next Wednesday!

 

A Tool For Every Job & Frank Martin

No matter what we do, there is a tool out there that somebody has created to make the job we are attempting to accomplish more efficient or more productive! Coaching is no different. We do face a challenge in that we have to understand the challenge so that we can get the right tool that will help us out the most. Frank Martin, the coach of the Final 4 bound South Carolina Gamecocks has burned his way into the mainstream media with a great team and a viral meme that speaks to this topic!

We will take a deep dive into the concept of where kids are really at and what is going on with millennials and I-Gens that is making it tougher and tougher to connect with them. Just like any challenge there are two sides to the issue and we will explore both of them. Remember that the goal is to get the results that you and your athletes are striving for and to get those results more often than not you need to get the Right Tools For The Job!

The Compound Performance Effect

When looking at an athletes competitive performance capacity The Compound Performance Effect is one of the most powerful or most debilitating factors for an athlete. Coaches that understand this effect and know how to coach the athletes through it have a distinct advantage over the competition. The Compound Performance Effect, in my opinion, is the single most important aspect in coaching when it comes to competitive production. Techniques, tactics, strategies, gear you name it – all of it pales in comparison to coaching your program to have a positive Compound Performance Effect.

Does Your Program Meet The “System Requirements?”

With all of the technology today – every thing we get has “System Requirements” in order to use a device to it’s full potential! Like it or not that is the exact same situation athletes, coaches, parents and administrators are in!

I ask that question because early in my career as a coach I often came across problems and would try and use MY OWN BRAIN in an attempt to fix it. The challenge was I rarely had the system requirements to optimally attack the challenge that I or my team was facing. Unfortunately, we never get that awesome instructional manual that explains how to address the challenges that we face on a daily basis as coaches. What’s interesting is thinking about what happens when you try to download a new program to your computer and your computer rejects it because you don’t have the right system requirements. You get that pop-up screen alerting you to the problem – don’t you wish we would get that as coaches!

This is a great analogy for our teams and relationships because if we have not updated our “System Requirements” to meet the needs of our team and our athletes we will not have an optimally functioning program. Just like our devices we will be able to use them but won’t have all of the functionality and ultimately the devices will be less useful! That’s when the real problem rears it’s ugly head – Rationalization! The 2 biggest issues we usually face is that we rationalize that “WE” have the right “System Requirements” and that “THEY” have to adjust their operating systems!

As the lady said to her friend that was taping pictures to her living room wall and thinking it was like Pinterest – “It doesn’t work like that!” Rationalizing that outdated philosophies and systems will work in today’s world is simply being dishonest with yourself. You know it too! Let me ask you this question – “would you be willing to put LEADED gasoline in the current car you are driving today?” I know you answered NO to that question because it would ruin your engine. The big question is – WHY? The EPA and Auto industry updated their engines to NOT USE leaded gasoline anymore. Car engines are a system and their system requirements have been updated – and we were FORCED to upgrade to better running more efficient cars.

Do you find yourself know that you need but are actually resisting the “System Update” by saying things like: “I’m Old School” or “it’s worked for this long” or “these athletes just don’t get it.” It is impossible to update pieces and parts of your program to improve productivity, efficiency, connection and engagement if you haven’t updated your base system to ensure that these changes will work. One of the best pieces of advice I was given 27 years ago was – “never think your broken when things don’t work – remember that everything in coaching can be fixed if your willing too!”

If you are looking to change the outcomes of your program on a consistent basis the inconvenient truth is that you are going to have to update your system requirements! If you would like to discuss how to update your communication strategies, practice efficiency and competitive production reach out via email and lets talk systems!

The Coaching Investment That You Can’t Miss

The challenge that most coaches are facing is that they have refused to accept that change has occurred without their permission. The entire time they were doing things the “Old School Way” they forgot to look out the window and see that the landscape changed right before their very eyes. Now there is a massive internal struggle to rationalize and justify the way they’ve always done things which is not returning the success it used to with the reality that to become a contender they have to accept they must change just like the landscape did!

So today we have this war between the old and the new. Unfortunately, regardless of which side you are on (the old or the new) the other side plays a huge part in the success you need to advance your career. That’s right – the coaches NEED THEIR players to perform at their very best so they can reach their career goals just like the players need their coaches to be at their very best in developing them to reach their full potential so they can reach their goals. This is where everyone gets all a flutter! Fortunately if you learn where to invest your time with your athletes you will get their very best and that is the best thing for your career!

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I watched a program run off 4 players, that means they will not even be at the school, with another 7 players who are committed to not playing next year – all over a commitment to an outdated coaching philosophy that does not have the players best interest in mind. There is a key element to the Old School mentality that lands in a vast wasteland with the athletes of today – Athletic Trust. It is this element in athletics today that will drive a teams success or failure far faster than the talent on the field, court, mat or diamond.

In the “Old” days you could earn trust with winning percentages or championships. In today’s world that is not a reality. I often hear coaches talking about their winning percentages and how that should make their athletes listen and fall in line, my question to them is always the same: “has that worked in the past 10 years?” The resounding answer is always – no – or – some kids respond to it, showing their commitment to being right instead of successful.

The athletes that you coach today require you to invest in the relationship that you have with them. Today’s athlete requires a much deeper commitment than wins and losses to earn their trust. It is this commitment to building solid, fundamental relationships that earns the athletes trust. When you have invested enough to earn the athletes trust, THEN AND ONLY THEN will you get the BEST VERSION of that athlete. That is the key to success. Understanding this concept may actually mean you will decide to not be a coach any longer – why you ask?

The time investment into building the relationships with every player on your team is non-negotiable and massively significant. It requires a level of sacrifice in the other areas of your life (spouse, children, vacation, financial resources and even sleep) that very few are willing to make. What most coaches do is only build relationships with a few of the members of the team and then demand compliance using the “old school” rationalization. Then when the accusations of favoritism and ineffective coaching practices start flying around, it is more of a reality than a fantasy.

If your goal as a coach is to get the very best out of every athlete on your team, no matter what their position or level of contribution, then it is essential that you make adjustments to your communication and leadership style. We all know that the most successful coaches are the ones that make the right adjustments! It’s time for you to look out the window and see that the landscape has changed and make the appropriate adjustments.

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