Deliberate Practice

odell beckham jrAs a coach, I do a lot of reading of how to improve my practices and make them more efficient and effective. Efficiency from the standpoint of having little to no wasted time, while keeping everyone engaged and focused on the task at hand. And being effective, by making sure everyone is making gains by working on the specific skills they need to. A lot of that effort leads to making sure the athletes are doing Deliberate Practice daily. Deliberate practice is defined as a highly structured activity engaged in with the specific goal of improving performance. Deliberate practice is different from the simple repetition of a task. Corbett Barr outlines the four essential components of deliberate practice and what it means to do it.  Continue reading

Corners

“I want my corners.” -Avon Barksdale

I was watching clips from The Wire and I was reminded of the quote above and I started to think what it meant on a deeper level. Two things came to mind when hearing it. The first was Stephen Covey’s quote, “The Main Thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” While the second was the hedgehog principle highlighted in Jim Collins book Good to Great. And deep down, I think that is what drove Avon to simply “want his corners.”

Hedgehog Principle

Hedgehog Principle

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Parenting & Coaching

“I love to watch you play.”

I was reading two articles on Hands Free Mama, that focused on saying “hurry up”and the important thing about yelling. Later on in the day, I saw an article, “Mora handles UCLA with care” on Facebook about UCLA football coach, Jim Mora, posted by Proactive Coaching with the status “Love this perspective…coach like you are a parent – parent like you are a coach”

The Connection
Let me step back a moment. I first read Hands Free Mama when a friend posted this article, “Six Words You Should Say Today” and I started using it immediately. I was amazed  at how well it worked. Her article was based on one she read titled “What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent–And What Makes a Great One” that featured a survey by Proactive Coaching founders, Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller. I share these articles each season with the parents of my athletes. It is the first thing I say to my kids when they do any scheduled or impromptu performance. And it works, the words always bring a smile to their faces and generally earns me a hug.

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