There is an ‘I’ in Team. Every team is comprised of a group of individuals with their own personal beliefs, values, struggles, strengths, etc. And it’s important to remember that we are coaching people, not a sport. Your team will be better if you surround yourself with people who are adaptable, curious, positive, and relentless in their growth. As the leader, your responsibility is to create the environment for these people to thrive.
There needs to be a relentless commitment to helping each person on the team develop. This cannot be a cookie cutter or one sized fits all approach. It takes time and commitment and it’s the most important thing you can do. Each individual should have a development plan that is specific to them and allows them to take center stage on their journey. They become empowered to take responsibility for the process.
As a coach we are facilitators of this process and the environment that supports growth. Some key areas for me include seeking self-awareness and player solutions.
In this video, I discuss one of the approaches we take in the Curry hockey program to help our players confront the gap between where they are now and their goals.