Level Up Leadership Tips - August 2017

Posted on: August 7, 2017 1:00 pm

It’s time to get ready for a new season. Some sports are already off and running with workouts, team meetings and staff meetings. Some teams are wrapping up this coming week, then a break before the Fall. And there are tons of new staff relationships.

Every winter and spring, sometimes summer, so many assistant coaches pick up and move. It’s the nature of sports. This creates new opportunities along with new relationships and new needs. When a staff of 3 brings in 1 new assistant to a team of 30, just to have some round numbers, this creates hundreds of new relationships (remember, you have new 1 on 1 relationships,  new coach w every athlete and then the new coach with every 2 athletes, then every 3 athletes, etc…..). It’s a big number! Things are not the same and that is good. It can also be trouble if you’re not ready.

No matter what the size of your staff or team - large or small - taking advantage of these new relationships can make the difference in an average season or a championship season.

With businesses I lead a training called Team Leadership Assimilation or TLA. This is a 4-6 hour time of pushing through all the questions, concerns, desires and fears of a team with a new leader, laying the groundwork so the team can hit the ground running. TLA accomplishes what would take 6 to 12 months alone. It’s tough enough in business but you don’t have that kind of time.

With sports teams we can use some principles of TLA while tailoring it to the unique team dynamics that exist. Whenever there is a change - an athlete or coach leaves - a new athlete or new coach arrives - the key is to get in front of as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Share and then answer questions. Any questions are allowed. Without this kind of transparency, someone will believe there is something to hide. Honesty really is the best policy.

I’d love to partner with you in any way possible to make this coming season your best yet. The unanswered questions and assumptions created by the presence of a new coach, if they remain hidden, can stunt your success. Let’s not let that be the case.
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