| YOU |
The core of AllWorld services is striving to improve client conditions in meaningful and lasting ways. How would you like to enhance your skill set and your athletes? Here are just a few common responses:
Achieving these goals as a coach in the 21st century is different than in the past. Whether coaching youth, collegiate, or professional athletes, you’re likely facing greater expectations, liabilities, and fanfare, as well as greater rewards, than your predecessors. Your position has become a leading edge of numerous disciplines: pedagogy, exercise science, public relations, administration, sport psychology, accounting, recruiting, and academia. I’m sure you can candidly add to the list. Is it any wonder why coaches may need their own support professionals to help them reach greatness while maintaining well-being?
|Improve relationships with & between athletes
Increase productivity in practices
Enhance management of difficult players
Improve relations with parents, boosters, media
|Find better ways to motivate athletes
Reduce my stress levels & sleep better
Create a more pleasing retirement plan
Enhance time management & life balance
| US |
Our collaboration always begins with your specific short- and long-term goals, interests, and circumstances. In general, though, we can say reaching the aforementioned goals often involves the ability to coach a range of personalities as well as bodies, including your own (see the Reflect.Learn.Evolve Blog).*
Many great coaches have been able to manage a variety of athletes to work together and achieve success. I keep picturing Phil Jackson working in the huddle with the cross-dressing, attention-seeking antics of Dennis Rodman and the all-business demeanor of Michael Jordan. You may or may not have or want the Zen-like approach of Coach Jackson, and that is fine. Your personality is your coaching tool, and we start where you are (see “recent client benefits” on the Examples | Partners page). Further yet, the skills and growth internalized in collaboration may continue to enrich your life well beyond our original objectives, years after we’ve concluded.
| ACTION |
To learn more about psychological considerations for coaching and novel ideas adapted from Harvard psychiatrist, Mark Epstein, MD, checkout an article I wrote for Swim Bike Run St. Louis, Raising healthy child athletes: The “good-enough” coach and parent (includes embedded web links, bookmarks, and my own personal voice introduction). For convenient alerts and ongoing benefits (e.g., tips, research findings, surveys, event alerts, and more), be sure to join the AllWorld.Newsletter (email) and the AllWorld.ActionWire (text message). Furthermore, you can skillfully use articles and books (see the Reading Lists page) to open dialogue with athletes, parents, administrators, and peers about interests and concerns: “So John, I was reading this article about ___ and it said ___. What do you think about that?” You get the idea.
You can also save precious time by contacting me directly to explore how we may specifically enhance your (or your team’s) performance and enjoyment – good collaboration planning doesn’t occur in isolation.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself, regardless if we have a good fit and work together:
|Is there a limited window for my (or my team’s) goals and opportunities?
What if I do nothing? How may I feel?
What may success, or my best effort, be worth to me? To my team? To my family?
Is funding available now that will disappear if not used?
May there be a particular duration to the benefits in contrast to the initial costs?
Why not me?
* Andersen, M. B., & Mannion, J. (2011). If you meet the Buddha on the football field - tackle him! In D. Gilbourne & M. B. Andersen (Eds.), Critical essays in sport psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
* Gardner, F. L., & Moore, Z. E. (2004). A mindfulness-acceptance-commitment-based approach to athletic performance enhancement: Theoretical considerations. Behavior Therapy, 35, 707-723.