This year Brett Bartholomew wrote a great book about conscious coaching and building buy-in. Communication is just one area coaches need to be conscious about. Another area is career planning and development. On this episode Bartholomew joins us to discuss a variety of topics about how to become a better coach, make tough career decisions, learning online, and more.
Notes and Quotes
Coaches can often get caught in the cycle of following the lead. Becoming a better coach and getting the most from your career requires you to think independently, develop your own plan, and often doing what you hate. Bartholomew shares his thoughts on how you can progress as a coach in a variety of ways.
Becoming a better coach
- 7:20 – Learning to speak up and share as a coach. “You don’t need something new to share, most people aren’t confused about the new, they’re confused about the basics. “
- 10:30 – Strength coaches need evolve and see how to create value so others don’t dictate your career. Coaches need to upscale themselves in ways that can diversify their career, increase their value, and evolve the industry.
- 12:20 – You need to self analyze after the wins, not just the losses.
Making the tough decision
- 15:00 – Taking the first step. “Adapting is not the same as selling out. Selling out happens when values are compromised due to ego and greed, not because you want to create an opportunity.”
- 18:30 – How making the decision not to do something can be harder.
- 20:30 – The art of negotiation.
- 23:10 – Group think, how few resources say something new, and the value of the basics: “Have you found a problem so complex that there isn’t something already out there that can help it?”
- 27:00 – What makes something online grab our attention: “The answers we are seeking in strength and conditioning don’t exist within our field. “
- 30:30 – Finding out what to believe online, defining your filters, and exposing yourself to new ideas.
- 32:45 – The value of research. “If you always waited to get a definitive answer from research, what would we all do? “
Take home messages for coaches
- 35:00 – Lessons for coaches: (1) Do a little of what you hate to improve your career ; (2) find a voice and get out there and share something; (3) take the unpopular route; (4) create a diverse network; and (5) don’t be a dick.
- 40:00 – Why you should watch more TV.
- 41:15 – Knowing the context before judging what you see online.
- 43:00 – The false chase of perfection: “We are in a field that does not lend itself to perfection; you can’t expect perfection all the time. You can’t define the value of a teacher based on who gets an A+. That doesn’t happen in the real world.”
- 45:00 – Leaning in. Evolving too much can cause issues too.
- 48:30 – Brett’s book recommendations.
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- If you like what Bartholomew has to say, you’ll enjoy his book Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In. We discussed it in detail on Episode 101.
- You can learn more from Bartholomew on Twitter @Coach_BrettB. He is launching The Bridge Human Performance, which you can follow on their webpage.
- Some of the topics covered in this episode were also discussed in Bartholomew’s most recent article “Cannibalizing Our Own: How Fear, Ego, and Insecurity Are Eroding Opportunities for Strength and Conditioning Coaches.”
- Bartholomew’s book recommendations: Mastery
and The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal, and Legacy by James Kerr.