This weekend I will be travelling to Doha, Qatar to deliver a Coaching Skills programme within the oil and gas industry. Coaching is such a hot topic –whether that’s individuals wanting a coach or organisations wishing to implement a coaching culture. Today I’m going to share with you some of the key trends and the essential coaching skills needed in the workplace today. Here’s a helpful definition:  “coaching is unlocking an individual’s potential to maximise performance”. Well, I know, technically this is not a skill – but it is an essential framework for coaching.
Noted Philosopher, Academic, and Educator John Dewey developed a unique perspective in regards to the concepts of life and learning. This is a strong statement that every student, moreover every human, should always rely on. As a student, there is only one way to find what you are best suited to, and that is to learn about your field of choice. The concept of continuous education is not solely limited to the ideas you can learn from books and experts. If we are but a mold of clay constantly being shaped throughout our lives, what are the influences we will allow to do this sculpting?
While you are studying to take on a career in your given field, always remember that attaining a degree is not the end of your journey. Though some of the quotes above are well over a century old, they are still incredibly applicable to today’s society. Learning really is a lifelong habit that can only improve a person’s quality of life, like exercise, a good diet, and fulfilling relationships. Defenses have tried all sorts of creative ways to disguise their intentions, load the box, rotate an extra defender down low just before the snap, but Johnson and this Georgia Tech offense usually find a way to keep them honest, through some kind of misdirection, or even more dangerous, through the play action pass game that he’s designed. In the picture below, we see his play action pass rules that he describes in his clinic video (link). There are a lot of things about his approach I really like, but let’s go through three of them. In one example in the video below, Johnson talks about his terminology that he uses during games to call play action passes that are tied in with their base run plays. As a result, the players spend less time memorizing jargon and more time getting good at the fundamentals of their position and their assignments. You can create a bunch of complicated rules for what your quarterback is supposed to look at, or you can limit the size of the field and what the amount of decisions he has to make before throwing the football. Johnson prefers to do the latter, and the quick and easy reads this offense is built around means that it’s a lot easier to coach your quarterback up on everything you need from him, and the ball ends up coming out a lot quicker.
In the video below, Johnson talks about the reads for the passing game and how he can call certain pass plays to make it easier on the passer, giving him a simple decision to make.
Chip Kelly’s offense was inconsistent at best during his final season in Philadelphia, but what success he did have had a lot to do with incorporating the backfield into the passing game.
The best possible matchup for a lot of offenses, at least in terms of pure speed and athleticism, has been their running back against one of the linebackers on the other side of the football. When you line a guy up at the line of scrimmage, you make it a whole lot easier for the defense to bump him, press him, or otherwise harass him as he’s getting to where he needs to go. Compared with the corners and safeties on the field, linebackers can have trouble covering many of the speedy and quick slot receivers and running backs in the league. If you’re not coaching in the NFL at the moment, that athletic advantage is probably even greater.
If you want to stop a team from throwing routes out of the backfield, fine, but that just means you’re in danger of giving up plays somewhere else, especially in the middle of the field. You can either play man coverage, which probably means your linebackers will end up matched up on them and clearing out the middle, or you can play zone, which in a lot of cases, ALSO means the linebackers will be matched up on the back because of pattern match rules.
I believe strongly, some might even say religiously, in drawing up what you see on video, in addition to whatever notes you take, because of all the benefits it brings. I have a lot of reasons for this, including the fact that it forces you to watch the film over and over again, focus on the little things, and I’ve always believed that the physical act of using your hands to draw something creates a bigger impression in your mind, and lets you retain a lot more. As it turns out, according to a recent study, students who take notes by hand have been shown to retain more information than those who take notes in class on their laptops.
There really is something to the idea that the physical act of writing (or drawing) that creates a stronger and more complete impression in your brain. So with all that in mind, here’s something else to draw up (and maybe steal a few ideas from). Jerry Kill is one of those guys who just never got the credit he deserved for being a rock-solid football coach, and a great teacher of the game. No matter where he went, he won, and was always great about incorporating new ideas into the way he did things.
Someone was kind enough to put the clinic presentation on YouTube, complete with diagrams and film, so obviously I needed to share it with you guys.
If you don’t own a Kindle, click here to download the FREE Kindle App on to practically any device (Yes, even an iPad). If the corner is rolled up, it’s not an issue, because against press coverage he’ll just go vertical and take the corner with him and out of the picture. As the quarterback is rolling out to this left, he sees everyone covered, while at the same time, a big patch of green grass appears in front of him (with no defenders in it). So far on this drive, SMU has done a great job not putting themselves in difficult positions, where they have to make amazing plays to stay alive. Before it’s made available, I wanted to give you a look at the kind of analysis offered in the book, so I took a play from the opening drive of the game, and looked at all the different perspectives on what happened and why. The Patriots have a way to basically call two plays at the line, and almost always end up in the right one. The Patriots line up with a tight split from the X receiver, and on this play they send the lone back beside Brady, Shane Vereen #34, in motion out wide to the left. New England begins to line up in a 3×1 set with a tight split by the single receiver on the left.
The corner Byron Maxwell (#41) who is originally lined up across from Edelman, now widens with Vereen as he motions out to the left. The goal behind sending Vereen in motion out of the backfield to a wide alignment is not only to see who the defense sends with him, but also to find out whether or not, by removing the only real run threat from the backfield, whether or not Seattle will remove the linebacker from the middle of the formation, which would leave the short zones underneath in the middle undefended. There are many cases where this would be a valid strategy, but in the biggest game of them all, knowing your opponent is the difference between hoisting that Lombardi Trophy in front of the entire world and watching from behind the ropes as the confetti rains down on the other team.
New England makes a living attacking the defense with the shallow cross concept, which is specifically designed to get the football to the receiver right about where the middle linebacker is standing in the picture below. Wagner doesn’t leave the middle of the field when Vereen goes in motion out of the backfield, so now Brady has to go to Plan B.
Once you understand what New England is looking for on this play, it makes perfect sense why Seattle leaves Wagner in the box.
Just like a lot of passing plays have a particular read, usually a specific defender, the Patriots also have a specific package of calls where they will line up a certain way, and sometimes send a man in motion, observe how a specific defender reacts, and then adjust the call based on that. Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola go vertical on the right side to clear out space for Edelman once he makes the catch and turns up the field for the first down. In this scenario, the defense has sent Wagner out to follow Vereen in motion, leaving the middle wide open for Edelman to come underneath and make some good yardage after the catch, especially since Amendola (#80) and LaFell (#19) take their defenders with them and leave nothing but green grass and room to run on the right side of the field for Edelman. Now that the call has changed, however, the offense is now attacking the areas outside of the hash marks, since the middle of the field looks to be crowded once the ball is snapped. At the snap, Vereen comes underneath the vertical release of Edelman, and takes a few steps toward the hash as if he’s going to run the shallow crossing route, but once he gets to the hash he pivots back out to all that wide open space underneath to the outside.
Vereen is actually Brady’s final read on the play, since his eyes are moving right to left while in the pocket. Edelman gets a good release inside, and ends up on the same level as Gronk, coming in and replacing him over the middle, but Wagner has dropped into the passing window and it’s an easy interception if Brady tries to jam it in the tight window. Because of how close the two receivers are, the corner has to give ground, which opens up space underneath to the outside. Maxwell does a great job of recovering and getting to Vereen so that Brady has to put it low and away from the defender, and Vereen can’t bring it in.
New England found space outside but Maxwell does a great job of staying with his man and forcing an incompletion.
The Patriots get a lot of valuable information on their first drive of the game, but they still come up empty. Even though it wasn’t a successful play, all the decision-making that went into putting the Patriots in position to get an open man on 3rd and 6 is still an interesting study for coaches and fans alike.
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I’ve never made any secret of my opinion that Paul Johnson is the best play caller in America, and that his offense is much more complex than people realize or give him credit for.
The next time you watch a Tech game, take a close look at the sideline shots the camera shows of Coach Johnson. In the meantime, those pitchers who are trying to develop good mechanics, but have not quite gotten them locked in yet, are taken out of the game if they can’t throw strikes. I’ve observed that the team with the soft schedule has become very confident because they have had a lot of success, albeit against weaker competition (though I don’t think that the girls realize how soft the schedule has been). Though they have had success thus far by being more talented than their competition, there are still glaring holes in the team’s play that has not been exposed yet, but will likely be when they face the better teams.
During a fun day at the park watching my daughter play 12U softball, I was reminded of a view very important tips for coaching softball.


While it may seem like your season will go smoother and be less stressful if you try to make or keep everyone happy, this can actually end up being a very bad idea. Not only is it practically impossible to make everyone (all the players and all the parents) on your team happy, trying to do so can be one of the quickest ways to lose focus on exactly what you’re trying to accomplish. Once you allow the opinions of every one else (those outside your team and your staff) to distract you, it becomes very easy to lose your direction. Have a plan and, while you should always stay open to making adjustments along the way, stick to your guns on the values and principles that are most important to you. Coaching can be a difficult task, especially when you consider all the planning, nurturing, and guiding that comes with the position.
If you feel like you’re not getting your message across to your players successfully, then the generation gap between you and your players could be a big part of the problem. Most, if not all of your players right now belong to the so-called Generation Y, sometimes referred to as the Boomerang Generation or as the Millenials.
Even if you are chasing a bad pitch, at least, send a message or  swing hard enough to maybe get a scratch hit out of it instead of a lazy pop-up or weak grounder. 8 ) With two strikes and less than 3 balls – swing at anything that looks like a strike.
Happiness Strategist and Life Coach Lysianne Unruh will help you design an amazing Plan B - because life doesn't always go the way we thought it would! Perhaps it is a life event or transition which begs the question, “Now what do I do?” – like heartbreak, divorce, or facing an empty nest, or navigating hardships like a job loss, infertility, prolonged illness, or an athletic injury which side-lined you, or something else completely unexpected? Or, perhaps stress and burnout have reached their max in your life and you are simply ready to stop feeling overwhelmed and tired. I am awed by this quote of Helen Keller, especially when I consider the circumstances she found herself in: deafness, blindness.
Coaching helps those who want to learn to get beyond their daily routine and explore the greater non-material things life has to offer.
I found myself putting a lot of the conclusions we came to during the exercises we did to use in my daily life. I usually have a hard time asking for help with issues unless they get really big, so talking over and getting insights into daily life issues has been a real eye opener for me. Coaching is very close to my heart so I’m very much looking forward to the trip (despite a little apprehension about the cultural differences).
I’ve been trained as a coach for many years and absolutely love the speed and results individuals receive.
Coaching starts from the premise that the individual has all the ideas and solutions within – it’s a matter of how you bring this to the surface.
Having someone absolutely believe in you and give you that encouragement is a very powerful experience. You have to turn off your inner chatter, avoid thinking about everything you’ve got on your to do list. Practise these with your colleagues and your teams and start to see a big difference in performance, attitude, confidence and productivity!
Dewey would not foster the idea of gaining an education briefly to enhance one’s career or monetary worth. Dewey believed that no matter how much wealth a person accrued, they could not truly have happiness unless they were pursuing a career that met their needs on the whole. The things we learn at a certain age may seem to be the most important lessons we will ever learn, yet as we grow older and wiser, Dewey understood that certain lessons really held more value than others. Dewey understood that often we have the means to be our own educator, especially if we have the modesty and ability to learn from our mistakes. The shear fact that Dewey had these bits of wisdom to share further illustrates how progressive he truly was, and why he continues to garner such admiration.
It’s a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about knowledge, awareness and self-improvement. Johnson is a big fan of having play action passes off of every run play in the game plan for this exact reason.
When you’re playing a tough opponent, finding ways to manufacture enough high-confidence opportunities is key, especially when you may be overmatched talent-wise. Paul Johnson doesn’t go through all the different possible plays in his offense, but more importantly, he talks about the principles that guide his thinking when it comes to game planning and calling plays.
Once again on 2nd and long, the offense calls a passing play (that leads to the QB using his legs), but the assignment of one of the receivers gives great insight into how Chad Morris coaches up his guys, and how much timing plays a role. A play fake with a receiver underneath and another one dragging behind as the QB rolls to one side or the other.
In fact, the timing is so precise that the outside receiver to the side of the boot knows exactly how far down the field, and how long into the play he should start actively blocking the DB across from him.
That’s going to be a penalty, even if you know the ball will likely be thrown and caught in that area. As long as they can continue to gain consistent yardage on first down, they’ll be able to keep things simple because of the manageable down and distances. To counter this we had  the BSG carry his peel block all the way to the sideline and behind our receiver.
They get to celebrate a fat guy touchdown and it’s the last thing anyone would expect. Sign up below, and after you confirm your email address, you’ll have the PDF sent directly to your inbox. The title Every Play Revealed means what it says, the book is literally a breakdown of every single play of the National Championship game, along with analysis of each drive and the overall gameplan. Of course, Tom Brady has a lot of leeway at the line of scrimmage, but there are certain plays that are packaged with specific formations, where there is a Plan A and a Plan B, depending on how the defense lines up.
I chose this particular play not because it resulted in a big gain, but instead because it exemplifies the amount of detail and precision involved in the New England offense, and it gives you an idea of the kind of things offensive coordinators are looking at in the opening drive of a game.
The safety Earl Thomas (#29) comes down to press Edelman and replace Wright, and the linebacker in the box Bobby Wagner (#54) ends up exactly where he started. In reality, the offense is trying to get the ball to the receiver once he crosses the formation and reaches the opposite hash mark which will let him turn up field to pick up the first down. Patriot offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels wants to find out as early as possible whether or not he can get the defense to vacate the middle of the field and make room for the shallow cross and other concepts which attack the middle. He’s not going set himself up for failure by running a receiver on a shallow crossing route, only to be beaten up by Wagner who is sitting there waiting for the receiver to come underneath.
The offense had planned to send a receiver, either Edelman or Vereen, underneath on a shallow crossing route, with another man coming from the opposite side to run a dig route at ten yards to stretch the middle of the defense.
The diagram below should give you some idea about the kinds of things the offense was looking to do on this play. The corner (Maxwell) is disciplined and doesn’t allow himself to be out-flanked, staying with his man. Once the ball is snapped he peeks over at the wheel route by Amendola, who is trying to gain leverage on the defensive back over him, but is unable to do so. So finally, Vereen is breaking to the outside and looks to have some room even though Maxwell has kept great leverage on him.
The pass falls incomplete and New England has to punt the ball to Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense. You can also check out the original book that broke down the National Championship Game by clicking here. Georgia Tech took it to the defending champs in the ACC Championship Game, nearly pulling off the upset, and proceeded to demolish heavily-favored Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl using an offense that most people believe belongs in a museum.
He’s been running this offense for the past three decades, and during that time has seen just about every possible wrinkle defensive coordinators can throw at him. Many a player has been set behind on their overall goals by coaches putting short-term wins ahead of a player’s long-term development. My older daughter’s team has purposely scheduled the very easiest tournaments they could find leading up to their end-of-season tourney. Additionally, they’ve been rewarded because in most of the tournaments they’ve played, they’ve ended up in the championship game and so they have taken home a lot of trophies (most for 2nd place, but I don’t think that matters for a 12 year-old girl). There is a complacency that has set in both with the players and the coaches where improvement, more advanced drills, and softball-specific training is not really pursued. What can make your job even more challenging is the process of building a good rapport between you and your players. While this can be very frustrating, instead of quitting or getting mad at your players, it’s much more constructive to try to understand them first. Some of your techniques may have worked in the past (example, shouting at your players), but they may not work quite as well with the current generation of players.
Most of the time, almost 60-70% come to  score – especially when given early in the inning.
I am impressed with the depth that an issue is pursued and the number of techniques that give a new perspective to an area in question. It’s fantastic that more and more companies are seeing the benefit of a coaching workplace. GROW is a coaching model introduced to the world by Sir John Whitmore in his book ‘Coaching for Performance’. This is because people get so passionate about solving the other persons issue or coming up with a million and one ideas about what they should do – they completely forget about using OPEN questions. Dewey was also a strong proponent of continual education though not always through traditional means.
Instead, the goal should be one of the constant educational gains throughout one’s life.
However, you cannot simply learn about your field through mimicry, you must throw your entire being into the pursuit of this education and subsequent career. As children we learn by doing, sometimes it does not always work out the way we would like, but we persevere. So if you’re Chad Morris, you time up the play so that by the time the ball is thrown and caught, or the quarterback takes off with it, you know where the outside receiver will be, and you coach him up not to go after the defensive back until that point.


I took the same idea and applied it to the Super Bowl, and I’m really excited to share it with you. New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels gives Brady very simple rules in these situations, which takes the pressure off of him and allows he and the rest of the offense to just play. Instead, after surveying the look of the land, Brady makes a check at the line to go to the alternate play that New England has in this situation. In that situation coaches usually go back to what they know best, or at least that’s what I thought. He shared two of his favorite plays for just this situation, both built off of the jet sweep package. In contrast, my younger daughter’s team has played the toughest competition at friendlies and qualifying tournaments possible in preparation for their end-of-season tourney. Even if their season ended today, I think each player would think that it was a successful season and that they had a lot of fun.
In short, because of the soft schedule, there is not only no real urgency to get better (“Look how good we already are!”), but there has been no competition where other teams did things better or exploited our weaknesses to show us better ways to play.
You may feel like you’re not on the same page at all times, but it could be just that they see things a little differently than you do. Understanding this generation better can help you develop more effective coaching techniques. I felt she was trustworthy and I had no problem sharing very personal details about my current struggles and need for direction. I find that I feel well listened to and am happy with the way that you are able to mirror what I have said in different but accurate wording. Starting your questions with Who, What, Why, Where, When and How are much more powerful ways of keeping ownership with the individual. And listening also means you must demonstrate you are listening – through your body language, your eye contact, your verbal responses. For anyone who is currently attaining a traditional education, through college, for example, there are going to be times when you find yourself simply going through the motions. In many adults that ability to bounce back from a mistake can be more difficult to accomplish. He would insist that you take a constant and active role in furthering your own education, therefore living a self-determined and fulfilled life.
I was surprised by how many coaches had a special call up their sleeve for just such a situation. But pitcher number two is working toward playing at a higher level while pitcher number one is not. The opposition has provided no whetting stone to sharpen our team to prepare us for tougher games ahead.
Being able to see things from their perspective, or at least understanding how their view may be different, can help reduce misunderstandings and miscommunication between you and your players. By walking through the four components of GROW you can quickly move from point A to point B.
Where possible, I’d urge you to avoid the Why question as this often generates defensiveness. It is important, however, not solely for your current educational pursuits but also for a well-lived life, to not allow yourself such apathy. Dewey would insist that instead of fearing failure, we should have the bravery to learn from our failures.
And this is coming from someone who reads pretty boring theology books regularly in his spare time. It was kind of the same experience I had when I tried to read David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.
I find that they overgeneralize many aspects of the human experience in order to get them to fit into the theory. A short ways in he claims that, “very few scientists agree with Darwin’s theory of natural selection anymore…” A seriously misleading statement that could not be further from the truth. He goes on to make criticisms of biological evolution that sound exactly like those that ID people make (though, it must be noted that his view of what actually happened is obviously different than ID perspective). His criticisms of postmodern theory are very similar to the kinds of criticisms that I’ve heard conservative Christian critics make.
I think that anyone who has been traditionally trained in philosophy to some degree will very quickly perceive that he does not accurately present what makes up postmodern theory.I wonder if what earns Wilber such wide appeal is that he is perceived as a very well read person (and if the definition of being well read is simply that one has read a ton of literature, then I suppose Wilber would be such a person), someone who has read everything and can make sense of it all.
What really matters is not whether or not Wilber has read Derrida; what matters is whether or not he has understood Derrida. So to those who would right him off having heard one or two things taken out of context, I would suggest that he’s made a constructive challenge to the status quo and in so doing has become a bit of a lightening rod – admittedly a position he might have enjoyed a bit too much in his younger years. It indicates that integral theory claims the evolution of consciousness is “largely dependent” on the evolution of culture. I’m sure Ken would say, “true but partial.” Integral theory claims that everything evolves, and that all facets of creation co-evolve. That is to say, it is true that cultural evolution has an impact on the development of individual consciousness, but the reverse is equally true. Further, our biological circumstances have an influence along with our economic and technological development just to name a few. The internal and the external of the individual and the collective in their many varied forms, evolve together. Yes, I know mapping human development has the unfortunate side effect of creating hierarchy. That was my sticking point for a time, but I can’t help it, that’s the way things work, or if you prefer, that’s how God does it.
Two year olds become twenty year olds, agrarian economics leads to agricultural economics, leads to industrial economics. The trouble comes when Ego kicks in and we want to identify ourselves as higher, or better, or more valuable.
But in truth integral theory when taken seriously leads us away from such self-inflating projects and towards a humble respect for the creative power driving all of creation forward.
It provides me with a framework that I can use to hold constructive theological conversations.
Their willingness to sacrifice for the other is a value now sorely lacking in our industrialized economy. But I’ve also been disturbed to note that they, (and once upon a time me), think they are right and everyone else is wrong.
The modernist has helped us to have a more realistic view of how the universe works, and with that the opportunity to develop ourselves technologically, economically, physically and so forth. These words have no meaning outside a given context.” And with that realization we have the potential to listen to one another to greater effect and achieve greater union.
The trouble is that the post-modernist thinks he is right about that and everyone else is wrong.
This is particularly important to me as a preacher who’s trying to find a way to preach Gospel in a culture that has lost faith in an external God that acts upon humanity in His own time and in His own inscrutable ways.
I want to know, if I’m being faithful to the message of Scripture while providing a theological framework that supports spiritual growth and development in this society, right here where I am. The language used to construct that theological framework will be different depending on worldview – that is, depending on our economic circumstances, technological circumstances, biological limitations, internal development and cultural development as well. There would have been no need for the Apostle Paul to reinterpret them in light of a Greco-Roman worldview. Integral theory is essentially a map of human evolution that seeks to point the way forward. It’s not there to tell us who is the most evolved, it is there to point the way towards greater growth. I’m grateful to those who are now critiquing and building on his work, (Marc Gafni for instance), because much of our society has entered a vast spiritual wasteland. Our spiritual line of development has atrophied as our technological development gives us the power to alter the ecological balance of the earth and annihilate humanity. With integral theory as a map, I can engage the Scriptures in such a way that they can speak in my context. For me, the deeper opportunity lies in inviting people into an exploration of the inner quadrants of an integral map.
Reading Wilber has been the single breakthrough that has allowed me to remain active in Christian life.
The top down structuring from Plato and Leibniz allows us to view the world as it is: governed cybernetically by thought from the top singularity (the One, comparable to a computer processing unit), rather than from the ungoverned perspective of current science. This allows us not only to understand the world properly, but to structure the world cybernetically. While C S Peirce is well known to the philosophy of science, the worlds of Plato and his follower Leibniz have been less explored for such purposes. Moreover the perceiver, to obviate the homunculus with homunculus problem, must be on a higher ontological level, and which has to be a living singular entity, not an abstract reference.
By application of Leibniz and Plato and common sense as well,, we see that the perceiver must be singular– the One, the cybernetic Perceiver and control point, the central processing unit, to use a computer analogy.
The learning curve on Plato-Leibniz is a bit steep at first, foreign to most physical scientists because of their unfamiliar top down control, which is also done indirectly by thought rather than directly by physical interaction, but also because of Leibniz’s unfamiliar spreadsheet style ontology, using not atoms but complete concepts called monads, which can be nested like sets. That would seem to render Leibniz more understandable to mathematicians and computer science, but his thinking in terms of substances and monads can be off-putting. There are of three gradations of life in these, according to Leibniz: a) Bare, naked monads, which we can think of as purely physical ( Eg, a fundamental particle).



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