Helping coaches develop the 'soft' skills of leadership. What makes a great coach is less about their technical and tactical knowledge and more to do with the interpersonal skills of communication and leadership.
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How to Build a Team of Leaders, with Leadership Coach Marc Guevremont
1:30:30So many people talk about the importance of leadership, but Marc Guevremont actually has built a 20+ year career working with teams and coaches from major junior and NCAA levels, all the way to the NHL, to maximize their leadership and create cultures of excellence. In this episode, Guevremont drops a ton of knowledge and throws in some great examples to help coaches invest in developing their ‘soft’ skills of leadership and moving away from the ‘old school’ mentality. Specifically he breaks down the following: The relationship between leadership, trust, culture, and results Connection (thermometer) vs correction (thermostat) Value based principles: value self, value other’s perspective, and add value to others Safe to say, Guevremont is an advocate in the fight against the ‘old school’ coaching mentality and you too can join us by sharing with your fellow coaches!
It's NOT All or Nothing: A Look at Process vs Results
43:26We have enjoyed watching the All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs series on Amazon Prime. But we wanted to take a critical lens to this series to break down what effective leadership is and highlight why coaches should NOT take an all or nothing approach to results. We challenge coaches to be selective in what they take from these types of series (especially the Toronto Maple Leafs documentary) and not just imitate what is seen on the limited insider footage. One key assumption we challenge is about Process vs Results. Specifically, we break down some important nuances that are often overlooked for building high standards and a championship culture within a team or organization. Thanks for joining us in the fight against the ‘old school’ coaching mentality. You can help the cause by sharing with your fellow coaches!
Declaration of War Against the Old School Coaching Mentality
45:14The theme this season is a Declaration of War Against the Old School Coaching Mentality. So we decided to start it off by making it clear what the Old School Mentality is (what we are fighting against) and contrast it with what we are fighting for (coaching and leadership principles that work). One of the key premises is that this contrast is not about Old School vs New School because many of the leadership values, strategies, and principles are time tested and have been around for decades. The problem instead lies in the limiting beliefs in the Old School ways of thinking - many of which are still lingering in sports today. Three big areas we breakdown are: Just go do your job and give tough love (the easier choice) vs helping athletes be their best self while being demanding, providing structure and being vulnerable (the harder choice). Setting high expectations about results and talking in absolutes (Need to, have to, should, can’t) vs understanding the range of the results, remembering there is choice, and how to actually develop a growth mindset in your players. Resistant to developing and implementing the ‘soft’ skills vs being adaptable, innovative, and open-minded as a coach. Join us in the fight against the old school coaching mentality by sharing with your fellow coaches!
Balancing the 'Hard' and 'Soft' Leadership Styles with Glenn Clarke
1:00:52On this episode of Beyond the X's and O's, Dr. Cassidy Preston and Chris Depiero were joined by Glenn Clarke. Glenn is a fellow former University of Toronto Varsity Blue, competing alongside Chris back in their day!