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Coaching Resilience and How to Improve It

Resilience is as essential in life as it is on the sports field. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, and then when life hits hard, you still need to have the resilience to stand up and fight back. This is a common scenario during any sports event. When one competitor or team is having an overhand above another, the ability to get up in the face of possible defeat is a skill which comes naturally for some and needs to be coached to others. Following are some advice from Olympic Gold medallists on how you can coach your athletes into being resilient in the face of defeat.

Personal Development is Key

It is essential to instil the concept with your athletes that it is vital that they compare their performance against their own. Comparing your achievement with those of others can be an unnecessary cause of strain and anxiety. These can hinder athletes from delivering their best results. In the end, it is about competing against yourself, improving your skills, techniques and performance and developing yourself into the athlete you want to be. As a coach, you want to do the same and compare an athlete’s performance only against their own and not that of others.

Handle Setback as Opportunities to Create Growth

Setbacks will happen. It is needed to happen. Without delays, you will have no reason to improve. It can be easy if delays are a regular occurrence, to get stuck in a negative place of being mentally defeated. Every setback can be analysed and be transformed as a learning curve. It is your responsibility as a coach to set the example of this during team talks.

Know Why You Want to Win

Determination is built from a clear vantage point on the end desire. The better your understanding is of why you want to win, the more attractive winning seems, and the higher the desire to win grows. As a coach, you must ensure that your team is convinced of why they want to win. They need to be able to experience a personal hunger and desire for achieving success to get up from a wrong position and march forward to be triumphant.

Creating Positivity

Sometimes a coach can find himself in a place of misery, stuck with a team who are not motivated at all. Every practice session is experienced as some form of obligatory punishment, and the entire course is riddled with negativity. A coach needs to be clear on the fact that coaching this team has been a choice made. This isn’t an obligation, and you had an opportunity to be here or not. The same goes for your athletes. They must remember that they chose to do their best and to deliver their best efforts. Always keeping in mind that what you are doing has been a choice that gives an improved sense of control over your life. This leads to a much more positive and productive outcome in the end.

Women Coaching in NBA

Over time female coaches in the NBA became a more familiar face in a male-dominated world. A few women have, however, shown their value by contributing to their teams and leading them to greatness. We will explore some of these women who were the first to break through the male-dominated barriers.

Nancy Lieberman

The first woman to set a new trend when hired in 2009 as head coach of NBA Development Team, Texas Legends. Currently, Lieberman also called “Lady Magic” is an assistant coach to the Sacramento Kings and she is a head coach to the BIG3’s Power, leading them to a 2018 BIG3 Championship. Coming from a career as a professional basketball player and from a coaching position in the Women’s National Basketball Association, she is considered one of the most significant contributors to women’s basketball in history. When she was hired in 2009 as a coach for the Texas Legends, she was the first female coach ever hired to coach a male team on NBA level. When she became the assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, she was the second female assistant coach ever contracted.

Natalie Nakase

2018 was the year to see a female coach hired for the LA Clippers. This is not the first milestone for her. During her playing career, she played two NWBL seasons. First for the San Jose Spiders followed by the San Diego Siege. She was the first-ever Asian-American player in the league.

Nicki Gross

Becoming the first woman coaching in D-League when hired by Iowa Energy, another NBA Development League. Currently employed by the Raptors 905 as an assistant coach and still the only female coach in D-League. Gross was a soccer player for Seton Hall and mostly a basketball fan who started as an Assistant Video Coordinator at Bakersfield Jam.

Becky Hammon

This retired Russian-American professional basketball player is the assistant coach to the San Antonio Spurs. During her playing career, she represented to San Antonio Stars and New York Liberty. She also played for the Russian National Team during the Olympics of 2008 and 2012. When the Spurs hired Hammon in 2014 as an assistant coach, she became the first full-time female assistant coach in the entire history of the NBA. This record stretched even further than the NBA since this position made Hammon the first female assistant coach in any of the four North American major professional leagues. When she was hired than in 2015 as head coach for the Spurs during their Summer League, she became the first-ever female head coach.

Jenny Boucek

Hired in 2017 by Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach and then moving to Dallas Maverick also an assistant coach in 2018. She was also the first-ever pregnant female coach, as she became a mother during the Maverick’s 2018-19 season. Thus showing that not even pregnancy would hold back a woman if she is set on achieving her goals and making her mark within a predominantly masculine industry.

The Greatest Challenges High School Coaches Face

Being the coach to a school sports team can be an immensely rewarding experience. Being involved in influencing young lives, driving them to excel on the field and off it, to achieve greatness and to inspire them to seek success. There are a few challenges in the lives of high school coaches, which is distorting the romantic idea of sculpting young minds into perfection.

Parents

Sadly, but birth parents are often a tremendous challenge in the lives of high school sports coaches. The personal investment of parents with their children and their sporting careers can often lead to conflicting ideas regarding a coach’s approach to the game plan or their child’s abilities. Some parents can quickly revert to anger towards the coach if they consider the amount of game time given to their child isn’t according to their perceived ideas of their child’s abilities. Parents can add tremendously to a team’s morale, or they can be a destructing force making the coach’s life a misery.

The Player’s Attitudes

Dealing with high school students is synonymous with dealing with a variety of different attitudes. Some not as pleasant as others. Your best player may make it a habit to show up late for practice bringing down the entire team’s sense of punctuality. Some may consider it their right to play certain positions and others may make a big deal if they are reprimanded. Conflict can rise to a level where the team becomes thoroughly divided. Therefore handling attitudes successfully and productively will always remain on the list of challenges in the high school coach’s guidebook.

Budgets Can Choke Your Success

Every school has a budget available for sports and sports facilities. This is, however, only a section of the budget of extracurricular facilities and every department head wants their share of the budget pie. To be able to deliver a proper practice session, proper equipment is needed, and this costs money. Coaches are also often confronted with extra expenses which need to be covered. Uniforms are expensive and so is going on a tour. Parents aren’t always keen on paying the extra buck, and therefore coaches are ever faced with finding creative yet lucrative ideas to fill the gaps where budget fall short from realizing a dream of a great sporting team.

Personalities Will Clash

Being a coach doesn’t only mean that you have to deal with every very unique personality in your team, you also need to deal with parents, other coaches, sponsors, department heads and many more. Conflicting personalities are bound to cross your path, and you need to be able to restore harmony when this occurs to be able to achieve the set goals and staying true to the team.

A Demanding Position

With all of these challenges which coaches needs to face, it can become a very time consuming and emotionally demanding position to be in. Often losing out on personal time with family over weekends and evenings. You need to manage this to remain in a place of having a balanced life.

The Five Highest Paid Coaches in the World

The amount of wealth of famous sports heroes is no secret to the public. Compared to them, their coaches are earning only a percentage of what they do, yet their earning are nothing to frown about. Let’s explore the five highest paid coaches in the world. Not really coming as any surprise, they all have the name of a soccer club behind their names.

Diego Simeone

Number one on the list as the highest paid coach in the world, Simeone is standing on 44.5 million euros. Simeone or Cholo as his coach nicknamed him at the age of 14 due to the energy in his play which reminded coach Victorio Spinetto to the same style which Carmelo Simeone (no relation at all) displayed. He had a successful career playing for the Argentinian National team until 2002 as well as for various clubs including Atlético Madrid, the same club which he has been managing since 2011. During the 1998 World Cup against England, Simeone simulated an injury from a kick by England’s David Beckham to get Beckham sent off the field. This is the result of a healthy ever existing rivalry between Argentina and England.

José Mourinho

This Portuguese professional coach is second in the ranks of the highest paid coaches with 31 million euros. He used to coach Manchester United until being sacked by them at the end of 2018 after an incident between him and Marco Ianni, a Chelsea coach. It occurred after Chelsea scored a goal and Ianni was in Mourinho’s face showing off their goal. This led to Mourinho retaliating and chasing Ianni into the tunnel where security had to resolve the matter. The Chelsea crowds were displeased although Mourinho brought them success before moving to Man United.

Thierry Henry

25.5 million euros bring Henry into third place. The French man was recently relieved from his duties as manager of the Ligue 1 club, Monaco. He has a long history with Monaco making his debut there in 1994. Henry is considered as one of the world best strikers ever. In both 2003 and 2004 during the FIFA World Player of the Year Awards, he made it to the runner-up.

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola has been in his position at Manchester City since 2016, and 24.1 million euros leaves him fourth on the list. During his playing career, this Spaniard played for Spain and Catalonia, and since he started his career as team manager, he was employed by Barcelona and Bayern Munich before Manchester City.

Ernesto Valverde

During his playing career, the Spaniard played in the position of forward. Currently, he is the manager of Barcelona since 2017 and is ranked fifth on the list at 23 million euros. During his playing career, he played once for the national team of Spain and spent a mere 20 minutes in the game. This was during a UEFA Euro 1992 qualifier against Iceland. Spain won 2-1.

The Most Popular Traits of Any Great Coach

Being a great coach is asking more than just knowing the game inside out, more than having an eye for talent, skill and little ability. It also requires the expertise to take several individuals and to turn them into a powerful force, a team of players working as one. It takes a massive amount of people skills and the ability to bring out the best of each member to the benefit of the team. It takes some special skills and traits. Here are some of the characteristics which are vital for any coach from school levels up to professional coaching.

Communication

Communication on various levels is vital to express your vision, but also to help team members to communicate with each other successfully. When a coach reveals the idea for the team, it should be done in a manner where mutual respect is displayed, where it is clear that the team’s success depends on every single member of the team. Regardless of whether it is a pre-game speech or during training, the vision should be communicated with mutual respect. The coach is in many ways also a personal coach, sometimes needed to assist with a lack of communication skills between team members. Any great coach knows that conflict between team members divides the attention from the ultimate goal and vision.

Leadership

Whether it is on the court or off, the coach is the leader of the team, the respected person, who is leading the team and who has the abilities to lead with respect gained. The coach is also available for advice off the court. When team members are struggling with personal matters and the coach is sought for guidance and advice, then the respect gained is returned on the court. A great coach knows that anything that distracts a player’s attention from the game should be attended to realize the team vision.

Flexibility

Some days the team is up and sometimes there are down. As a coach, you are always working with the inconsistency of humanity. Being flexible and still bringing the best out of the day is an essential characteristic of any great coach. Changes are sometimes made, injuries happen, and the coach needs to not only adapt but also assist the rest of the team to adjust as well.

Magnificent Teachers

Great coaches never stop teaching. They teach life lessons, lessons of perseverance, of overcoming hardships, of performing the best in the game and of greatness in life. Coaches can only do this if they have a passion for what they do, loving the sport and the people playing the sport. Coaching is not something you do; it is who you are, the core of your being.

Hard work

Great coaches are always busy, working, performing, improving and inspiring. A great coach doesn’t get up and go to their job, their job is who they are, and they are never done working on improving it.

The Formula 1 Coach That No One Knows About

Rob Wilson might not be a world-renowned racing driver, but he is certainly someone that most Formula 1 drivers are acquainted with when it comes to their careers. This is because Rob Wilson is the man who coaches most of the Formula 1 drivers. More than half the grid at the moment, at one time or another, have received lessons from Rob Wilson. He is regarded as the unsung hero within the motor racing world of F1.

What’s truly impressive about Rob Wilson is that he uses a Vauxhall Astra to make Formula 1 drivers go faster. To find out more, we made our way to the Leicestershire airfield to see how he can improve someone’s driving in just a day. However, we were not going to get behind the wheel of a sports car. Like everyone else, we had to drive a Vauxhall Astra. This is because the training was more focused around accuracy, style, and technique as opposed to ultimate lap times. Formula 1 drivers know how to drive fast. Therefore, they visit Rob Wilson to drive better, and a Vauxhall Astra is perfect for just that.

Rob Wilson feels that training to become a better driver needs to be done in a secure and safe car and should be comfortable enough to spend an entire day in. It should also have enough space for race engineers and manager that often join in by sitting in the back.

The Art of Driving

Once we got acquainted with Rob, who arrived in Britain during the 1970s and went on the compete in racing in Le Mans and America, we discussed technique. The masterclass offered by Rob Wilson places a focus on car control along with details that will help you transform from a good driver into a brilliant one. The slightest tweak of your steering wheel at 120mph can transfer more than half a ton of load from one tyre to the wrong one. The scientific and subtle style from Rob Wilson is purely focused on making you aware of this fact and assisting you in getting it right.

This is scientific and high-level stuff. A couple of years ago, Rob managed to coach Kimi Raikkonen, spending a total of 5 days on the same corner, repeatedly. Much like the swing of Andy Murray or the kicking ability of Johnny Wilkinson, Rob Wilson believes that practice does indeed give perfect results. Speed will unfortunately only get you so far. However, Rob will help you unlock the winning edge.

On the Racetrack with a Formula 1 Coach

Rob gives everyone a 1.4 turbo petrol Vauxhall Astra model to improve their driving. Rob takes the car around the track first, setting a lap time for you to match. His finesse, car control, and speed are phenomenal. We were initially 5 seconds slower than him, but he then goes to work. We immediately understood why everyone goes to Rob to improve their driving skills.

The Best Assistant Coaches in the Premier League

Everyone is always focused on the Premier League managers and their strategies behind every game. However, we rarely receive any updates or news regarding their assistant managers. It’s for this very reason that we decided to take a look at the best assistant managers in the Premier League. Telling you what they do and who they are for the biggest teams in the league.

Juan Carlos Carcedo – Arsenal

Simply referred to as Carlos, the Spaniard, who is currently 45 years of age, is building an excellent relationship with players in Arsenal. Even though he doesn’t shy away from constant confrontation. Animated and fiery, if he feels that there is something worth saying, he will undoubtedly say it. He has been Unai Emery’s assistant at six clubs, including PSG, Sevilla, Spartak Moscow, Valencia, and Almeria.

Gianfranco Zola – Chelsea

Luca Gotti and Zola are both assistants for first-team coaches. Gotti as from Bologna, while the reputation of Zola precedes him as he has been voted the most significant player for Chelsea as well as a former England manager. Zola provides support and takes the likes of Ross Barkley, Willian, Pedro, and Eden Hazard for attacking drills. Zola is also considered the bridge between Chelsea players and Sarri, speaking with the team.

Peter Krawietz/Pepijn Lijnders – Liverpool

Zeljko Buvac is the official first assistant coach for Liverpool, even though his 17-year career as ‘the brain’ ended within days before the semi-finals against Roma in the Champions League. Lijnders made his return to Liverpool this summer after a 5-month spell where he was in charge of NEC Eindhoven. Even though he is currently title-less, the former Porto and PSV Eindhoven academy coach collaborates next to Krawietz, a former analyst for Dortmund and former chief scout for Mainz. The training sessions are led by Klopp, while Lijnders and Krawietz take care of daily tactical meetings.

Mikel Arteta – Manchester City

The Spaniard played a crucial role in the Manchester City transformation from third place during the 2016/17 season to record champions last season due to his willingness to provide his take on strategy and tactics. Mikel Arteta is also the bridge between the players and the manager. He is also a prevalent figure in and around the club. When he was doing media duties during the Lyon Champions League in September. This is where the team was defeated, and he was honest, stating that City wasn’t very consistent.

Michael Carrick – Manchester United

Once Rui Faria left in the summer, after 17 years as the assistant coach for Jose Mourinho, the manager declared that he no longer needed a number 2. However, he did state that Michael Carrick would eventually fill the assistant manager role. Even though you will usually see him on the pitch talking to the head coach. No one is quite clear how much pull he has as an assistant coach for Manchester United. However, things have certainly changed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at Old Trafford.

The Differences Between Management and Leadership

Great management combined with visionary leadership achieves the best results. Seems obvious right? So how on earth do so many organisations get it wrong, especially when change is needed? There are fundamental differences between management and leadership that apply to any organisation or team. However, the primary focus of this article is to look at the strengths of each because they refer to leading change in any organisation.

The Fundamental Differences

Management is necessarily a set of processes and systems that are designed for problem-solving, staffing, budgeting, and organising. Achieving the best results for an organisation whereas leadership defines the mission, vision, and what a win will look like shortly. This inspires a team to embody the behaviours and beliefs necessary to take action required to achieve those results.

Successful transformations happen when great management converges with visionary, strong leadership. Both are required to plan accordingly, create a clear path, and see a mission plan to achieve fulfilment. Every organisation, small or large, need change more than ever before. Not in a reactive manner but instead in a proactive approach that is embedded in the culture of the organisation. The communication of the overall vision never actually ends when there’s a changing process. It’s infused into every aspect of what managers and leaders do.

However, it’s vital to note the differences between management and leadership, as they relate to the roles the task force of the transformation must take on. A task force of the change is mostly the guiding body created to lead a company or organisation through its transformation. The task force must include front-line managers, senior leaders, and other key members that are respected in their field of expertise.

Most companies and organisations still focus on management development as oppose to leadership development. However, most companies believe its leadership development that they are accomplishing. Individuals might be able to embody both disciplines and qualities. It’s scarce to find someone that is a competent manager and a great visionary leader, and vice versa.

The Power of Management and Great Leadership Combined

When an organisation has poor management capability but great visionary leadership, the overall transformation will only get so far. However, when an organisation has poor visionary leadership but great management capability, the overall vision won’t be powerful enough and will be flawed. Alternatively, it won’t even develop to be completely honest. With marginal management and great leadership, the change will have some significant gains, but it will eventually slow down.

True magic occurs when there’s solid management along with great leadership. There’s no denying that change is a messy business and its never perfect. It usually takes longer than expected, and it’s more costly than initially anticipated. However, with visionary leaders that are supported by phenomenal management, winning results are bound to occur within a company or an organisation.

The Difference Between Mentoring and Coaching

Mentoring and coaching use the same approach and skills. However, coaching is considered short-term task-based, while mentoring is regarded as a long-term relationship. The CIPD differentiates between counselling, mentoring, and coaching. You will also need to keep in mind that these differences are usually delivered by individuals with different relationships and qualifications with their client. The differences between mentoring and coaching can be summarized as follows:

Mentoring

Mentoring is an ongoing relationship that can last for a more extended period. It could be more informal, and meetings are scheduled when the mentee needs support, guidance, or advice. It takes a much broader view of an individual. A mentor is usually more qualified and experienced than the mentee. A senior person within the organisation can generally pass on experience, knowledge, and will be able to open doors to out-of-reach opportunities. The primary focus is on your personal and career development. The mentee sets the agenda, while the mentor offers guidance and support to prepare them for roles in the future. Mentoring is more focused on developing the professional career of the mentee.

Coaching

Relationships usually have a set duration of time. They are often more structured in nature, while meetings are scheduled quite regularly. Short-term and focused on specific development issues or areas. Coaching is usually not performed on a specific basis where the coach is required to have experience of the formal occupation in the client’s role unless the coaching is skills-focused and specific. The focus is primarily on issues at work or development The agenda is focused mainly on achieving immediate, specific goals. Coaching is based on specific development issues or areas.

Mentoring and Coaching Processes

Management and individual development can occur in several forms, some delivered by external and internal mentors or coaches and some by managers. The different activities are defined as follows:

Guiding – The process of directing a group or individual along a path that leads them from a present state to a more desired state.

Coaching – Assisting another individual to improve awareness, setting and achieving goals to develop a specific behavioural performance.

Teaching – Assisting a group or individual to develop cognitive capabilities and skills.

Mentoring – Assisting to shape an individual’s values and beliefs positively, usually a career relationship over the long term for someone who has done it in the past.

Counselling – Assisting an individual to help them improve performance which can be achieved by resolving situations and scenarios from their past.

Difference between Coaching and Counseling

Coaching is narrower focused, while counselling is in greater depth and broader focused. With coaching, the primary goal is to improve the performance of an individual at work, while counselling is to assist people in understanding the root of their issues or performance at work. Coaching is a short-term intervention, while advice is also considered a short response but can last for long due to the nature of issues that need to be addressed. With coaching, the agenda will be set by an individual, while counselling allows the schedule to be set by both counselor and the individual.

Qualities of a Sports Leader

Every team requires leadership. During difficult situations, players tend to search for a leader within their team, but unfortunately, not everyone has the skillset to successfully lead a team. It requires a special set of characteristics to make it as a sports leader. If you are interested in taking on the mantle within your team, ensure you tick all the requirements below.

Set An Example

As an authority figure and leader, your team members will follow you on any behavioural path of your choosing. Therefore, its vital that you head down the correct pathway for the good of the team. If you are seen raving and ranting at officials and players, or with your head down, or just conduct yourself in a very negative manner, your team members will behave in the same manner. The hardest workers tend to be the best leaders on the pitch which makes them the most respectful in the process.

Awareness

Awareness is key as a team leader. There’s more than one method when it comes to leadership. A wide range of external factors should influence the approach you decide to take in various scenarios. Spending time with your teammates to build a relationship creates awareness. You need to learn how to react to certain tones and styles. If you suffer a horrible defeat, does your team members react better to a couple of harsh words. Or are the ones that require an arm around the shoulder while they lick their wounds?

Passion

Any sport comes with a great deal of passion. You will feel the same range of emotions on the pitch each and every weekend: disappointment when you are defeated and euphoria when you win. As a leader of your team, you will need to embody the positive end of those emotions, including passion, dedication, and commitment, to steer your team towards their own personal goals.

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is a similar quality to passion in a lot of ways and is a vital characteristic for a team leader which can be displayed in several ways. Out on the field, enthusiasm is getting to every ball first and providing encouragement to your team members, or simply motivating your team when things are looking down. Encouragement also encompasses your behaviour on a daily basis as a leader for your team and will usually be more important in the long run.

Ability

Coaches, or leaders of a team, will live and die by the decisions they make. As the implementor and creator of a strategy, or a key figure when it comes to decision making, you are required to have the ability and knowledge to stand by your convictions. Leaders are usually elevated into their roles due to their ability. Without the necessary abilities, your authority will immediately become undermined. You will need to strive for skill improvement which will place you in a better position to lead a team. This will also set a perfect example for others to improve their own abilities.