A Good Coach Is Your Secret Weapon [3 of 3 Part Series]

We know from our previous two posts that a good coach helps you discover, grow and focus your natural talents (H/t Obi Wan). A good coach is also a powerful sounding board for helping you assess where you are and how you will achieve your goals (H/t Angelo Dundee).

Put another way, a coach brings out the best in you in different ways–partly internal and partly external.

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One Game, Two Coaches–Super Bowl XLIX

Same Subject, Different Treatment

The late Roger Ebert once gave this bit of foundational film criticism insight: “It’s not what a movie is about; it’s how it is about it.”

In other words, the subject matter is one thing, but the treatment of it is another thing entirely. The “how” of a film is what gives the film its meaning, its identity, and what causes it to either succeed or fail.

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Carroll and the Seahawks: Relationship-Based Coaching

Today’s the big day. Millions of viewers, millions of dollars and millions of hours of preparation collide to determine this season’s Super Bowl winner.

How did these two final teams–the Seahawks and the Patriots–make it to the world’s biggest stage for the NFL’s biggest game? What do these teams do differently from the competition? Do they simply possess more raw talent, better coaches, or better week-in, week-out game plans?

I loved reading Pete Carroll and Dr. Michael Gervais’ approach to “relationship-based coaching” in Wednesday’s WSJ. If we’re looking for 21st century leaders who “get it,” we can start here.

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What do the double front somersault, Switch 720 and freestyle backflip have in common?

If you’re like me, any of these stunts would earn you a one-way ticket to six months in a full body cast, compliments of “questionable extreme sports decisions”.

Instead, you watch in amazement as skilled platform divers, skiers and motocross champs perform incredible athletic feats of balance and precision.

As Steven Kotler investigates in his book, “The Rise of the Superhuman,” most people viewed these feats as unattainable.

Impossible. Unachievable. Each trick was its own mythical Four-minute Mile.

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