Coaching Tip #95

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Every coach says that they want to know the truth.

Every staff member or player when asked will say they are telling the truth.

Sadly the reality is that neither of those statements are true in practice. For a variety of reasons, many of them fair and reasonable, coaches prefer to have support for theories and philosophies. For a variety of different reasons, many of them fair and reasonable, people prefer to say what they expect others want to hear.

True development is impossible without honesty. The same coaches who defend unpleasant conversations they have with players as necessary for development must be prepared to have those same conversations with themselves as the subject. Staff and players must be prepared to participate with their superiors.

Truth is a requirement for development. Encourage it. Demand it. Embrace it. And when you find someone willing to tell the truth, don’t let that person go.

Tagged Coach Development, Team Development, Coaching Practice


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