Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
Some say that you must have the ability to communicate to be a great coach. Once again, I don’t think like that. I just think communication is what you’ve got to do if you’re going to coach – you have to communicate your message – how you want things done. As long as I get that message across to the playing group, I’ve done my job. It’s not what you say, it’s what they hear.
The expert pedagogue
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. Two men who epitomise the expert pedagogue. Mourinho is a very confidant, extremely capable man. As shown by his successes in Portugal, England, Italy and if current results hold true Spain as well. He has had to deal with vastly different playing groups, ego’s and demands placed on him from the various clubs owners. He has done so with confidence. Where as Guardiola has haad the great fortune of getting a world class squad, which he has made even better as the plethora of trophies he has won in such a short time. He has a different approach in many ways to how he conducts himself. Not only with his players but in the media as well.
These two men could not be more different. Whether it be the men they are, or the situations in which they have been. What is the similar about these two men is that they both are able to achieve great things with vastly different playing groups. They are able to put aside the ego’s, fame and fortune that players at the highest level can succumb to. And produce a unified playing group that achieve great things. This is what being an expert pedagogue is all about.
For each session that we have to look at what we want to get from each session. This includes the goals (long and short) and activities that will be conducted in the session. Each session should be different and encapsulate a myriad of activities that will help the athlete in a number of ways.
An aspect of each session that should be included at regular intervals is to review how the athlete/playing group think they are progressing. This is important too include everyone, and gain an opinion from each player. This will help not only the coach but each player to see where they are, and where they would like to be. A review is also important because it will help the coach gain an idea of where they can take future sessions to help cater to these goals. Reviews should be included at regular intervals throughout the season to measure the progress of the program in a long term sense.
Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.
What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.