Coaches and Parents… If you see your athlete do something that is not acceptable to you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you talk to them.
• Is the time right? Some situations require immediacy but seldom as effective during or right after competition and not with other people around…
• Did I really see it correctly? Was it truly a violation of our family (team) values or was it just an irritation?
• Am I still angry or emotional? Breathe before you talk. Parenting or coaching angry is seldom effective.
Address it now or give it some space? Use whichever is going to be most effective on allowing growth and long term behavioral changes.
"This all sounds great for teams with motivated and educated people, but what about teams of entry-level or disengaged workers?" An attendee asked this at a recent workshop focused on building effective teams.