Vern is entering his 50th year as a coach. On this episode he looks back at how his coaching has evolved. More specifically, he looks at when he started asking different questions during different stages of his career and how that helped him improve his coaching.
Notes and quotes
Throughout the episode, Vern walks through five stages of his career and discusses how key questions changed at each stage, why they changed, and how that affected his coaching.
- 2:00 – 5 questions coaches ask: “Look at sport by asking what you do, how you do it, when you do it, why you do it, and who you do it with. “
- 3:45 – Who.
- 5:15 – What.
- 7:20 – How and when: “There is a limit to the what: you can’t just keep finding more stuff. At some point you have to improve the how and coach it better by looking at the details. “
- 10:00 – Why: “Focusing on the how makes can get you lost in the minutia. Understanding why gives you the big picture. “
- 16:30 – Do you need to ask what before you ask why?
- 21:00 – Returning to the basics: “Look at the training of some top teams and there isn’t always much ‘what’ there. The magic is in the why. “
- 22:30 – Creating athlete ownership through asking why.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- The HMMR Media site theme this month is goals. Earlier this month we discussed goals on the GAINcast, as well as some of our goals for 2019 on another episode. Vern also wrote about the topic separately, and I wrote about corporate goal setting.
- One book referenced on this episode was Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time by Ian O’Connor.
- One book not mentioned but very relevant to the topic is Simon Sinek’s Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
- As an example of creating athlete ownership by encouraging the question ‘why’, read Michael Bingaman’s article on warming up for skiing.