Performance vs Development

Coaching for performance is about addressing and fixing a specific problem or challenge…Coaching for development is about turning the focus from the issue to the person dealing with the issue, the person who’s managing the fire.

Michael Bungay Stanier, The Coaching Habit

One of the first things you do with an athlete when you see a movement flaw is to root the cause. Your figuring out whether it’s a neurological issue or an organic one is what helps determine the right course of action.

It’s not that much different when working with your coaches or staff.

Is what you’re hoping to improve limited by a skill (clock-management), a habit (over-coaching), a blind-spot (avoiding eye contact), or is it a personality trait (lack of confidence)?

Almost everything is improvable, just as long as you’re not trying to use the same screwdriver to fix every problem around the house.

SelfPatrick Cummings