“It’s not enough to accentuate the positive. You have to eliminate the negative.”
–Bad is 5X Stronger Than Good
How is your team doing? Are you stuck in a rut? Can’t figure out why you aren’t moving forward? What if you’ve got negativity going on? What if a select, but powerful, few of your players are sabotaging the success of the group with their Debbie Downer view of the world?
What to do?
Face it head on.
4 things we must eliminate from our teams to experience success
- Bad practices. This was from a business blog, so I don’t think he meant sports practices. Poor team culture and ineffective norms will hold even the most talented teams back.
- Nasty people. I strongly believe that our role as coaches is to help guide young people as they’re navigating the world of adulthood. That being said, there have been a couple of times in my career where I’ve waited too long to get rid of the bad apple. One rotten apple truly can spoil the bushel.
- Destructive attitudes. “Quickly deal with lack of cooperation, rudeness, laziness, or self-serving behaviors. When you see bad, shine a light on it.” Sometimes we coaches chicken out and take the easy road rather than having that uncomfortable conversation.
- Negative beliefs. Does your team really believe in your vision for the program? If they don’t, it’s time to figure out how to get them on board or how to replace them.
Negativity breeds negativity. One player quits, it opens the door for another. One teammate complains about the coaching, the rest suddenly think the coach is the real problem.
Eliminate the negative attitudes and people and clear the way to success.