Relationships are at the epicenter of effective coaching.
It’s a strong statement, and probably not news to you.
Over the years, I’ve found two things distract from that statement.
First, the importance-and-power of coaching relationships is often swept aside by the flash-and-allure of winning.
Second, just what exactly is a relationship—especially a positive one? Often we don’t know.
Bryan Kramer wrote, “Humans want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Humans want to be included. Humans want to feel something.”
If you help a recruit, a player, an alum find those then is that a relationship that is effective, working, positive?
It seems like a good start.
It’s easy for the interaction between two humans, such as a coach and player, to become cold and transactional. When that happens, effective coaching is elusive.