What True Coaching Is
Coaching is one of the most important things that you can do in life. First, we think of coaches for a swim league or tennis club, badminton, or lacrosse. Yet coaching comes in many forms.
Coaching happens at every stage of life!
Let’s take a look at some excellent coaching.
Check out this video on Steve Kerr, Head Coach of the Warriors—he’s coaching star player Steph Curry on the bench. Curry usually has a 47.7% percentage field goal shot and 43.6% percentage success rate on a 3-point field. Curry holds the all-time record for most 3-pointers in a single season. That’s really impressive. Yet Curry’s shots weren’t going in.
Curry was having a rough night. What do you say to a super star when the going gets rough?
Kerr teaches us to take the long view.
In this video, he talks to Curry about not just his shot—but his overall impact on the team. If you focus only on the numbers, you’re going to miss the bigger impact. Kerr shows Curry his numbers.
“You might not be hitting all your shots tonight, but I want you to look at the stat. When you’re on the court, you make the whole team better. The whole team rises to another level.”
What Coach Kerr is saying is that,
“Your shot isn’t the only thing most valuable to me. Your teamwork is valuable. The way you inspire others is valuable. So much so, that when I look at the overall team stats, they perform better when you’re on the court—whether or not you make your shots.”
Do you have a team member like this? Maybe they didn’t make all of their shots today, maybe they made some spelling errors or made a mistake. But ask yourself another question: Did they make your team better? Did they exemplify your values? Did they uplift the team? And do they contribute in other ways?
Don’t give up on coaching just because someone doesn’t perform as well as you’d like them to or as well as they can. We are active, caring, growing beings, not born perfectionists.
Look at the whole person, look at their whole contribution, and tell them how important they are to you. Only then, can you help them become even better. That’s true coaching.
Get them back on the court and cheer them on.
Stephen (Steph) Curry is a professional basketball player, who is well known for leading the Golden State Warriors to National Basketball Association (NBA) championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Prior to the NBA, Curry attended Davidson College in North Carolina, where he majored in sociology. He’s married to childhood friend, Ayesha Curry who is a professional chef with her own cooking show. Together, they have three young children—Riley, Ryan, and Canon Curry.
Stephen Kerr is a professional basketball coach and former player of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been the Head Coach for the Golden State Warriors through their last three championships. As a player, he won five championships titles before he retired and became a sports television analyst. He’s married to his college sweetheart, Margot Kerr. Together, they have three children—Nick, Maddy, and Matthew Kerr.
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