Please join me for a fun series. My mission, and I’ve chosen to accept it, is to write a post based on each letter of the alphabet. The English major inside of me is very excited about this project…and my inner nerd is even more fired up! Keep checking back as I tackle the intangibles of sport…from A to Z.
It’s that time of the year again. Everywhere you look, there’s a top ten list for this or that, so I figured I shouldn’t be any different. Here’s a chance to read my most popular posts again. “Team” seems to be a common theme here, so I suppose we’re all trying to figure out how to be the best we can be for our players…and that’s awesome.
#8: Fake It ‘Til You Make It: An Introvert’s Leadership Guide. Did you know that 75% of people are extroverts? Those are the folks who love social situations and being around people…they thrive in this environment. So what’s an introvert to do in a world dominated by extroverts? Check out this post to find out.
#7: Can You Sum Up Your Coaching Philosophy In 8 Words Or Less? Much like you wouldn’t get in your car and start driving without knowing the route, you shouldn’t coach without a coaching philosophy. It’s a great measuring stick of where you are and a guiding post for where you want to go. This post is based on a Harvard Business Review blog which says that most mission statements are too long and we don’t actually remember them. Read this post to find out how to create a coaching philosophy that will stick.
#6: 8 Ways To Help Your Team Overcome A Weakness. Every team has a weakness, just like every player has a weakness. Every offensive scheme has a deficiency…as does every defensive system. The best way to camouflage those weaknesses is to be honest about them and figure out to minimize them. Check out this post to learn how to keep from beating yourself and get on the road to success.
#5: The Top 5 Qualities To Look For In Team Leaders. We need great team leaders and captains for our teams to function at a high level. This post includes five characteristics and five corresponding questions for us to consider as we cultivate our captains.
#4: 3 Lessons Your Team Can Learn From The Movie Hoosiers. I’m a sucker for a good sports movie. I don’t care if I know how it’s going to end at the opening credits (the good guys win), it’s fun to experience the struggle of a group of people press toward accomplishing their goals. Hoosiers is fun to watch with your team and this post gives a few talking points you can go over with your team.
#3: 3 Actions You Can Take Right Now To Make Your Team Excellent. I’m fascinated by the concept of excellence…I suppose that’s why I’m a coach. I enjoy reading books about folks who are at the top of their game, whether they’re business leaders or sports figures. Check out this post to learn how excellence isn’t reserved for some secret society of people, but for those who are willing to consistently and attentively work at it.
#2: 5 Ways To Make Conflict Work For You And Your Team. “Conflict” and “conflicts” are the top two search terms that bring people to this blog. That’s why I believe in teaching conflict management with my teams, because it’s clearly something we all struggle with! Small, unsolved problems can snowball into gigantic barriers to your team’s success if not addressed. Check out this post to find out how to encourage conflict resolution as a healthy way to build great team chemistry.
The top post of 2011 was…
#1: 7 Things We Must Teach Our Teams To Make Them Better Leaders. Based on an article called, Today’s Students Need Leadership Training Like Never Before, this post details the seven pillars of leadership that we can share with our student athletes. What if the backbone of our coaching philosophy was a desire to create great leaders…and we had an organized plan in order to accomplish it? This post gives us guidelines to do just that.
This year flew by quickly, let’s stay committed to learning how to get better at our craft for the new year!