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April 2021 in review: coaching excellence

The site theme in April was coaching excellence. We looked in detail at what separates the good from the great coaches, and how coaches can move from one level to the next. Last week we shares some highlights from our archive on the topic. Below we have links to all our new and archived content on the topic, including 9 new articles and 2 new podcasts.

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3 overlooked methods to improve your coaching

Good coaches are learners. What often separates the average from the good coach is their process for continuing to learn. Research on serial winning coaches has confirmed that as well: coaches repeatedly at the top of their sport were shown to be highly curious, lifelong learners who drove success through vision, values, and environment.

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GAINcast Episode 214: The good coach

We all talk about good coaching and see to know it when we see it, but often we are lost for words when asked to describe it. On this week’s GAINcast we dive into coaching excellence by defining it, sharing examples from our own experiences, exploring how coaches get better, and looking at how different components contribute to success.

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A guide to hiring good coaches

Hiring coaches, like coaching itself, is an art and science. Just as we do in training, you need to have a process that not only helps to hire a candidate (recruit) but also evaluates (assessment) them once they have worked for you to develop them into better coaches (preparation and performance). When we think of coaching excellence we often only thing about this last step, but the hiring process is just as critical. With that in mind, what makes a coach a “good” hire?

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Musings on Coaching Excellence

Just like athletic excellence coaching excellence has been a fascination of mine since I was an athlete in high school. I observed teams and individuals that seemed to “over achieve’ or punch above their weight as the saying goes. The closer I observed and analyzed this the common denominator was coaching. Coaching makes a difference. Over my 45-year professional career I have seen great coaches, good coaches and indifferent coaches. The great ones share common characteristic. Here is what I have seen. Read more