This is one interesting story for coaches of all levels.
The other day one of my players showed me this video below with Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City Manager, and told me: ‘Coach, look at this, this is the same thing you’re telling us all the time’. I was inspired to write a few thoughts about this subject.
If you want to be satisfied with your work or you want to be in control of your results, be sure that you’re making the right moves. Coaching job relies on lot of planning and decision making, especially in difficult situations.
You hear many comments, observations and opinions from club members, presidents, players themselves, supporters, press. This is a common thing and part of the whole process.
If you decide to make compromises and not to follow your own opinion but, instead of that, you choose to be confident with your decisions, then you should not find excuses. Make your planning properly, look into the big picture. Get information from everywhere and anything. Don’t ignore the details – they might be the turning point.
When you’re making maximum effort, you will be confident in the outcomes. You can present your ideas and defend them with arguments. In reality, the difference makes the coach who cares more and not the one who thinks he knows the best, even if he does so. Gaining trust from your players, knowing that they are not judged but supported, or respect from directors for the work ethic and dedication, will be recognized and will make results in the future.
Coach wins and loses games. After the game, when you analyse the week of preparation and match statistics, deep inside you always know if you did everything right. If it so, you are proud and you start the new week with great motivation no matter the result. You know what are the issues you have to work on because that’s your vision.
The key for coaches to progress and advance is to know that the Job is the same on every level. It is your approach to it. All coaches prepare sessions, plan weeks, balance recoveries, communicate with stuff, prepare match strategies, talk in public, and motivate players. The same things happen in top clubs and in small teams in lower divisions.
It is how you understand your duties and manage them. It all have the same effect on your final result.
Remember, when you watch training session from a top club and you say: ‘I did the same session last week’, or you listen the interview from a top coach and you say: ‘I told my boys/girls the same’. It is all true. You should believe in yourself and acknowledge your job as well done.