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Practical examples of reviewing success

To gain buy-in from players, coaches need to move toward solutions, rather than focus on mistakes. Find out more from Paddy Upton in this video.

To gain buy-in from players, coaches need to move toward solutions for the future, rather than focus on mistakes from the past.

The example of the implementation of a player-centred review process in the video highlights the importance of using this approach.

By the player’s own admission, he hadn’t been listening in the team meetings because he was waiting to be reprimanded for his mistakes and told what he had to do to fix them.

However, as the team became more comfortable with the player-centred coaching approach players started shifting their focus from what they had done wrong to working out a solution for next time.

The introduction of a player-centred review process enabled me to gain the team’s trust, as well as to have the players analyse what had gone wrong and identify possible solutions.

Another benefit was the team bonding that occurred as players became more comfortable with being included in the review.

It might take time for the change in coaching style to be accepted by players and senior officials, however the benefits for both the players and the coach are extensive.

Your task

In the video I demonstrate how to review success as a coach. As you can see, coaches often focus on mistakes and this can lead to players disengaging and not paying attention during the post-match review.

Taking a player-centred approach, coaches often empower players to focus on solutions rather than errors.

In your context, how do you empower people to focus on solutions in ways that grow their performance personally and professionally?

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