Former NCAA Division 1 Student-Athlete provides valuable insight with his personal experience in working with two different types of successful coaches.
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This post is a reflection of Marcus Buckingham's speech on being strengths focused. Buckingam argues a common myth about individuals focusing more on their weaknesses vs their strengths. He states that less than 2 out of 10 people are working towards their strengths on a daily basis. While he doesn't feel we should completely ignore our weaknesses, he does believe we should spend more time with our strengths.
Personally, I feel my "sweet spot" in coaching is having a philosophy and vision and effectively communicating / teaching that vision to my players. This framework enables me to implement specific technical and tactical concepts to each individual within our team. It also provides players a clear understanding of their roles within the team structure.
Another sweet spot is motivating and empowering athletes to maximize their potential. By utilizing previous playing experience and recent coaching education, I'm able to inspire and challenge players to reach their next level. Planning training sessions to push players both physically and mentally is a constant goal.
Lastly, I feel my communication skills in guiding and leading both players and parents is a strong suit. When either seek advice, about any topic specific to soccer, I'm confident I'll provide the proper feedback and advise them appropriately and honestly.
One area I feel completely out of my strengths is motivating those athletes who aren't self-motivated. It's much easier to inspire athletes who are self-driven and have the desire to improve. But that's a small percentage. My goal is to find unique methods to engage and empower these types of players as they account for a much greater percentage of athletes.