Green Athletic Coaching Style
According to the simple assessment you just completed, the majority of your coaching strengths are associated with the Green Temperament as defined by the Four Lenses/Insight Personality System.
This doesn’t mean that you have a primary temperament of Green, but that you prefer to coach in Green ways. This could be by choice or it could reflect the way you were trained. Either way, if you exclusively use this coaching style, you will be most effective with Green athletes.
I want to instill in those I coach to try to be more focused, inquisitive, self-directed, capable, and precise.
There are two kinds of athletes in the world: Those who want to learn something new and those who don’t. The ones who want to learn something new are the ones who are likely to find success. They want to know why things are the way they are. They tend to ask lots of questions and do a surprising amount of independent research. They are curious about the sport, about other players, about the history, about the techniques, about the strategies, even about the opinions of the fans. Their objective is to try to learn as much as possible that will help them become a better athlete, and then use that knowledge to make incremental course corrections until they achieve the success they desire.
As a coach, you should really try to understand your athletes’ individual weaknesses and strengths. This will help you to design better training plans for them. This will also enable you to set them up for success. You should also teach them about their potential and how they can incrementally improve. You need to make sure that you are not always focusing on their negative characteristics. It is important that you provide your athletes with a chance to improve and a chance to win. A coach should focus on helping athletes who have both high potential and a high desire to succeed.
One of the most difficult things that athletes must learn is concentration. Concentration is the ability to focus on a single thing at a time. It is important for athletes to be able to concentrate on correcting and perfecting a specific element of their performance before moving on to something else. If they don’t focus on the specific part of their performance, they might mess up the entire part of the game. A key to a good performance at game time is to dismiss or ignore distractions, such as spectators shouting at you from the sidelines.
As a coach, I want everyone to become more skillful and proficient in their craft. If you are a musician, you often learn to play new instruments and different types of music. If you are an athlete, you should learn new skills, new techniques, and different ways to do your practice routines. By having a broad range of tools in your toolbox, you can pull out just the right tool for the occasion. Besides, everyone loves athletes who are especially skillful and proficient in their art.
When I am correcting an athlete’s mistake, I’m usually calm and methodical. I don’t yell or shout. When I correct someone’s mistake, I usually explain what I believe to be the correct action to take. For example, I might say, “You didn’t realize that you should have done that because you weren’t ready.” Or, I might say, “That’s wrong. It was an error to do that.” I usually stay rational and even-tempered when I correct a mistake. This is my way of helping people understand that mistakes can happen. Then I often ask them what they think they ought to do to avoid that mistake in the future. I want them to self-correct as much as possible, which will always be more meaningful in the long run.
When you are faced with a conflict, it’s often better to come up with a resolution instead of letting emotions dictate reactions. Before responding, it can be useful to take a step back, turn down your emotions, shift your perspective, and think about the different options that are available to solve the problem. You may also ask others for advice. For example, if you are in a situation where you want to get along with someone, you should first try to understand his or her point of view. You should be patient when you are trying to persuade another person to do something. You must always try to persuade them to your point of view rather than forcing them to adopt it. Force and coercion never work for long. If you succeed with your arguments, they will do what you want them to do. Persuading someone is always a good way to win him or her over. You should never shout at people. You just have to explain your ideas to them. Be confident about your views. The choice to accept your counsel is theirs to make.
I am an expert at designing and implementing programs that help athletes achieve success. This includes everything from teaching to motivating to planning. The reason I am so successful is because I have studied many different areas of the sport and used the knowledge that I’ve acquired to solve problems. I’m able to analyze what works and what doesn’t work. I’ve implemented strategies to get my players to improve their performance as well as metrics to measure their improvement. I also have developed innovative programs and activities to motivate athletes to play more effectively.
As a coach, I prefer to play the role of consultant, analyst, and critical observer. The first thing I do when I go to a new situation is to listen and observe what is going on. This helps me to understand where we’re at and where we need to go. Once I’ve gathered enough data, then I have enough information to form some theories and devise a game plan. I’m constantly making new observations, analyzing behaviors, and thinking through potential remedies. I largely keep these evaluations to myself until I see trends and patterns emerge that can be fixed. I will only get involved if and when I have something to contribute that will make a difference. Otherwise, I tend to leave players on their own to develop their own competence. In fact, I expect players to be self-motivated and as mentally and physically fit as possible before we start working on how to step up their game. If they can’t motivate themselves to do the minimum requirements of an athlete, there’s little more I can do to motivate them.
To find weaknesses in your game, you have to analyze your opponents. If you can identify the weaknesses of your opponents, then you can defeat them. You can use investigative techniques to locate weaknesses. For instance, you can look at your opponent’s equipment and talk to him. You can also watch him play and listen to his comments. Then, you can study his game to learn what he does well and what he doesn’t do well. After you have studied his game, you can come up with a plan of attack. You can use analysis to figure out how to defeat your opponent. You can also use technology to locate weaknesses in your game. For example, you can use video analysis to see how your opponent plays. This helps you to see how he reacts to certain situations in the game.
Of course, it is also essential that I am thoroughly educated and understand the rules and the strategies that are used in this particular sport. I also know what the best practices are and what technologies are coming down the pike that will enhance a performance. As a coach, you must keep an open mind, even though you may feel very confident in your ability to lead your team. Be humble enough to accept what the other players can bring to the team. That’s why it is important to control your emotions and think logically when coaching. Because you don’t want to give your team members bad advice, you’ll have to figure out a way to make yourself sound like a knowledgeable expert or figure out how to cite a recognized expert. If you don’t know the answer, it’s fine to say, “I don’t know.” In fact, if you don’t possess the expertise to answer their questions, point them in the right direction so they can learn it for themselves and then come back and teach what they learned to the entire team.
Knowledge is power. People with more knowledge and more experience will usually prevail over those who don’t have as much experience. This is why I constantly encourage my athletes to seek out knowledge about the sport they play and then use logical reasoning to develop a strategy that is superior to that of their opponents. They should always “think it through” before deciding to act. If you can’t accurately predict what will happen before you do it, it is best to take a moment to rethink it.
How Green Coaches Shine
- Examining all facets before making decisions
- Remaining calm, cool, and collected in stressful situations
- Diagnosing problems and prescribing efficient remedies
- Thinking scientifically, logically, and rationally
- Identifying weaknesses, flaws, and potential problems
- Seeing the big picture and visualizing possibilities
- Interpreting and explaining ideas to others
- Pushing themselves to improve and evolve
- Researching and analyzing complex information
- Strategizing and engineering optimal solutions
- Asking perceptive and precise questions with genuine curiosity
- Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of systems
- Creating well-reasoned and concise arguments
- Acting independently, privately, and quietly
- Assimilating the ideas of others and synthesizing new ideas
- Being efficient, pragmatic, and reasonable
- Bringing innovation and expertise to the world
How Green Coaches Cause Stress
- Taking too much time to make decisions
- Getting too involved with work or hobbies
- Asking too many questions
- Not being sensitive to feelings
- Sounding arrogant or overly confident
- Not expressing feelings
- Being too independent
- Not being sociable
- Spending too much time alone
- Not going with the flow
- Living in the future
- Being too focused and absent-minded
- Spending too much time with stats and analysis
- Doing several things at the same time
- Over-extending themselves
- Being overly critical, perfectionistic, cynical
- Never finishing a plan because of constant improvements
- Using technical terms or jargon
- Being wordy or redundant
- Being condescending, flippant, sarcastic
- Being too abstract or complicated
- Being impersonal and indifferent
- Trying to solve the problems of others
- Focusing on minor inconsistencies or flaws
- Being competitive when intellectually challenged
- Inability to set realistic priorities and time frames
- Not letting go of impractical ideas
- Not caring about what others think
How to Be a Better Coach
As a Green coach, you probably possess some awesome qualities such as accuracy, composure, confidence, curiosity, and foresight. These strengths come naturally to you and will help you find success. But have you maximized these virtues as well as the eight others that are associated with your temperament, or is there still room for improvement? And how are you doing at some of the other attributes that make coaches even more successful, such as concern, discipline, persistence, compassion, sincerity, tolerance, adaptability, courage, optimism, or persuasiveness?
If you would like to measure how much virtue you currently possess, then please complete the Maturity Assessment on this website. It is free to you as part of your subscription. Then, if you want to work on your weaknesses and turn them into strengths, check out the 7, 13-minute Gaining Virtue lessons on each of the 52 virtues. Before long, you will be even more successful!