๐Ÿ† Talent is Over-Hyped

Coaching is not an easy job. What can make it even harder?

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Talent is Over-Hyped.

Coaching is not an easy job. What can make it even harder?

Talent.

Or better, talent without the critical ingredients to team success can make it harder.

Talent without character or talent without chemistry can make for a miserable season.

And I guarantee you, any wins you have will overshadow a season you cannot wait to end.

I also know that teams like this often under-achieve.

Talent is over-hyped.

When you have talent, you have expectations. These may be expectations you put on yourself or expectations your team feels from the outside.

Ultimately, everything in the team's success will come back to your team culture and player leadership.

Here are critical questions that all teams need to be accountable to, regardless of their talent.

  1. Are you on time?

  2. Do you work hard?

  3. Are you coachable?

  4. Can you be trusted?

  5. Do you accept your role?

  6. Do you help the team win?

  7. Do you make the right plays?

  8. Do you bring positive energy?

Talent, without the list above, is no fun for anyone.

You see, I always look at a team this way.

Talent always sets the floor.

However, culture, leadership, mindset, and toughness will determine the ceiling.

โ€œHow do I get the most out of this team?โ€

This is the question I ask myself. This is how I evaluate my performance each season.

Even in years without much talent, it can be incredibly gratifying and satisfying to get the โ€œmostโ€ out of your team.

This is what coaching is all about.

So, as a coach, what do you do? Focus on the following.

  1. CULTURE: Your #1 focus has to be building your culture every day. What do you allow? What do you emphasize? Do you do this every day? I wrote Culture Wins to provide coaches with daily culture snippets to help build this every day.

  2. LEADERSHIP: Develop your leaders. When times get tough, you will need player leadership. Find a way to develop them systemically. This is why I created the Team Leader OS. To give coaches a system to build leaders each and every year.

  3. CHEMISTRY: How do you develop your team chemistry? What team-building activities do you do? Have a plan and be purposeful in developing your team.

  4. MINDSET: Creating a winning mindset is a daily task. Do you allow excuses, negativity, or complaining? You must get your players to think how winners think.

If you can focus on the following and are fortunate enough to have some talent, you set yourself up for a special season!

Donโ€™t over-hype talent!

Focus on the things that matter most in your team.

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