Coach Larson and I collaborated to make athletes better in professional sport in China. We wanted to do a good job for two reasons – to get results and to keep our job. We had access to most of our athletes most days of the week, and at times twice each day. We could have been forgiven for expecting to be able to manage and monitor so many variables to create exceptional programming. However, the truth of walking into a team with long-established ways of training and behaving meant that we had to get buy-in before we could get close to doing a good job. Therein lies the simple truth of what Coach Larson said – if the local athletes didn’t enjoy the training, lots of events would conspire against us doing a good job.
The consequences of athletes not enjoying what you provide include:
• Speaking negative comments to teammates about their experience with you;
• Speaking negative comments to other coaching staff about their experience with you;
• Limited in-session effort;
• Limited consistency of attendance.
Those four consequences will cost a coach clients, money and position. It is hard work getting a client, getting paid and advancing a career. The likelihood of a second chance at a client or a job position is zero percent which brings us to compromise.
To hear more about how Rett and I collaborate to get the best out of our athletes, check out our Warm-Up Masterclass below.