Nothing will stop progress or stifle innovation & change more than these statements:
Been there done that
Let me play devils advocate
We already do that
Over the past several months I have been in meetings and on phone conferences where all of the statements were made sometimes within the same paragraph. You could feel the air being sucked out of the room.
My answers to these statements (trying very hard to not be sarcastic) are as follows: If you have been there and done that then why does you team have more injuries than anyone in the sport? To the devils advocate (usually a naysayer as evidenced by their body language) – What is it you don’t like about the proposal on the table? To the “we already do that statement” – My answer is I not sure why you have me here then. Why don’t you tell what you are doing so I can learn something?
Be aware of these statements. Monitor yourself and see if you or your colleagues are using them. If so then ask yourself why? In 45 years of coaching I have been there and done that many times, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do it better. I want to learn and do it better the next time. How about you?