For decades, Clay Erro led one of California’s most successful high school football teams. Behind the success and the strong culture was not a set of rules, but strong relationships. Cooperative endeavors require relationships to flourish, not rules. In this episode of the GAINcast, Erro explains his instruction manual for building a relationship-based team culture and how he put it into practice.
Notes and Quotes
Erro is the former football coach at Enterprise High School in Redding California. He is the winningest football coach in Northern California history. In addition, he coached track and other sports, and is a GAIN faculty member.
- 6:30 – Erro’s background.
- 9:30 – Setting and growing a team culture. “Team building is centered around relationships. Relationships have more power than rules. ” “A lot of people have philosophies, but very few put it into practice every day. “
- 15:00 – Coaching without rules. “The success of a family is not based on rules, but on relationships. ” “Do you use rules to build anything? You use instructions. “
The instruction manual
- 21:00 – Axiom #1: we not me.
- 23:20 – Axiom #2: no excuses. “You cannot function in adulthood with excuses. “
- 27:15 – Axiom #3: no messengers. Directly communicating helps create conversations.
- 33:45 – Axiom #4: no sympathy groups.
Additional points on building team culture
- 39:00 – Reflecting on the overall approach and putting it into practice. “Cooperative endeavors require a lot of effort. “
- 42:00 – Peripheral benefits of Erro’s approach.
- 44:15 – Examples of putting peer coaching into practice.
- 49:15 – Games are opportunities.
- 52:15 – Feedback from former players.
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- Vern wrote about Erro’s approach in a recent blog post.
- We have covered the topic of team culture on several episodes including GAINcast 8, GAINcast 52 with the Carmel Swim Club, and GAINcast 66 with Chris Webb.