When you arrive in a new situation, there can be a bit of culture shock. Even more so when it is half way around the world. Nick Hill did just that when he accepted a job to teach and coach in Chile several years ago. Throughout the journey he learned several things about getting athletes on board with your approach and developing a culture around it. That served him well in his recent return back to England as the head of athletic development at the Stowe School in England. On this episode we leverage that experience in a discussion about the process of change, how long it takes, and how it works.
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Hill is currently the head of athletic development at the Stowe School in England. Previously he has at several schools and clubs in England and Chile, developing an expertise in athletic development, the art of coaching, and using games for understanding. On this episode we exchanged several ideas about getting athletes on board with your approach and developing a culture around it.
- 6:30 – About Hill and what led him to Chile.
- 8:45 – Culture shock and where to start in implementing change. “After we implemented it, we empowered the players and kids to take ownership and it started to spread. “
- 11:00 – Dealing with individuals who are resistant to change: “Show athletes the program works and it’s hard not to get buy in. Just ask the athlete to give you a chance to show that. “
- 15:15 – Projecting confidence. “Athletes read your confidence. Simply having more confidence in your approach can create more buy in than amending something to suit what you think the athlete will like. “
- 17:00 – Consistency.
- 19:30 – Rules vs. relationships.
- 20:30 – The impact of other coaches and parents on team culture, with some examples from the front lines. “It’s not just about getting athletes on board, you have to get everyone involved on board, including coaches, administrators, parents, etc. “
- 30:30 – How long does cultural change take? “If I’ve learned anything, it’s to be even more patient. It starts with building relationships and that takes time. “
- 33:00 – Using testing to start a conversation. “It can start with a test: gather data, start a conversation, find shared values, build a relationship, define an approach. “
- 36:10 – Final thoughts. “Having a track record can give you the benefit of the doubt and make change quicker, but there is no shortcut building a deep-rooted culture. “
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- You can learn more about Hill and read some of his insights on his website. He is also on Twitter (@NH_Coaching_) and Instagram (@nick_hill_coaching_dot_com).
- Hill was one of the GAIN members we interviewed at GAIN on GAINcast 72 last year. This year he will also be presenting at Ohio University in June, which you can learn more about here.
- We referenced GAINcast 90 with Clay Erro on the importance of building relationships. We’ll have more from Erro later this month, so stay tuned.