Just returned from the ASCA Conference in San Diego, it was great experience. I really enjoyed seeing old friends and just talking coaching for three days. The following is the outline of myCoaching Excellence talk that I gave. It was a huge honor for me topresent this since it was the Doc Counsilman memorial lecture. DocCounsilman was a great swim coach at Indiana and an icon in coaching in general. His work certainly had a huge influence on my career.
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“Training the best to be better”
Following the functional path
Think Big Picture
“You do not merely want to be the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.”Jerry Garcia
“A Champion is something you have been and can become – it is never something you are” Bjorn Daehlie
Why is the Dinosaur Extinct?
They were completely adapted!
Why did the cockroach survive?
They are adaptable
Are you adaptable or adapted?
Lessons from “Good to Great”
#1 – First who – then what
#2 – Confront the brutal facts and never lose faith`
#3 – A culture of discipline
#4 – Use technology as an accelerator not a centerpiece
#5 – Good to great does not happen overnight, it is a process
Past >>> Present >>> Future
Be here now! In the moment
Bill Jensen “The Simplicity Survival Handbook”
Say no more often
Question more often
Call Time Out and Whoa more often
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it” Alan Kay
Change is a Constant
Outside the tent pissing in or inside the tent pissing out
“Walking the Stairway” – Success comes one step at a time
“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens.” Aldus Huxley
Comfort >> Performance >> High Performance >> Peak
Mindset – Fixed or Growth
Acceptable is not good enough, it must be exceptional
ICE – Intensity Concentration Effort
“Win the workout”
Often what you do not do is as important as what you actually do!
Seek knowledge rather than information
Specialize in being a generalist
Get a mentor not a guru
Are you training them or are you coaching them?
In organizational life, you can have influence over others or you can havefreedom from others, but you can’t have both at the same time. BobSutton
Start with what you know; then remove the unknowns
Sometimes the best management is no management at all — first do no harm! Bob Sutton
95 percent of any creative profession is shit work
If everything is equally important, then nothing is very important
Don’t over-think a problem
The rest of the world counts
Failure & Risk
“Fail Forward” – Tom Peters
Keep changing – whether you win or lose
Know your weaknesses – and do something about them
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take” Wayne Gretsky
Believe in yourself – If it is to be, it is up to me!
Call to Action
Be a leader not a follower
Beware of Sheep Walking
Free the Lunatic Within!
Take Care of the 98%
Remember it is not about you or me, it is about the ATHLETE
“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.” Kurt Hahn