[updated from a 2012 post]
And just how is THAT supposed to happen?
Try this, grab one idea at a time.
When I first got into coaching, my boss told me how to become a better coach — I needed to read.
Today, you can’t turn around in the sports-section of any bookstore without knocking a dozen books off the shelf, each of which is all about how you can become a better coach. Online info is even more prolific.
I don’t think that any of those books, e-books, or blogs is a waste of time. Yet who has the time?
If you’re like most of us coaches, you very seldom have the time, or the sanity, or patience, to sit down and read more than a Tweet or two.
Doesn’t mean you’re a bad or a lazy coach …
Nope. Just a busy coach.
A Very Busy Coach
Back to my old mentor. He told me something that has stayed with me to this day:
You don’t have to read for depth when you’re busy. Just look for the one big idea!
What he meant was this, take a piece of information and find the one-big-thing it is based upon.
And then see what you can do with that one idea.
For example, sometimes you can find the one idea on the back cover, or on a book’s sleeves, or in an Amazon review.
Other times, the author might spill the beans on the idea in the introduction. Or in the title.
Search for the one idea, and don’t even fret over where you find it.
Then in the future, when you’re at the point in your career, or life, when you have time to actually sit down and read a piece of work in its entirety — you can go for breadth.
But right now, grabbing hold of one critical idea and using that to your advantage might well be a necessity.
Skim and grab.
Give it a try.