A Leadership Podcast that's Fun
July 6, 2022

Professional Coaching - How it's Different from Sports and How to do it

Coaching in sports and coaching in business are two completely different things.  If you grew up around sports like Nate did, it might have taken you a much longer time to truly understand professional coaching than it should have.  In fact, you still might not even know.

But don't worry, we have your back.  We'll teach you what professional coaching is, and how to get started doing it today.

We start off the episode by examining a clip between John Harbaugh and Lamar Jackson where the coach actually asks the player if he wants to go for it on 4th down.  This serves as an analogy to professional coaching: instead of telling someone what to do, you ask them questions and guide them to their own solution.  This doesn't happen often in sports, but when it does, it's usually a big deal.  Like in Superbowl LII when Nick Foles famously called "Philly Special" to catch a touchdown at the end of the first half.  

In the next segment, we listen to Steve Kerr talk about not calling a timeout at the end of a game down one.  Steve explains that they knew they wanted to run action with Steph Curry and Draymond Green, and didn't need to call timeout to go over it.  This was an interesting analogy to coaching someone to be autonomous without needing their help -- one of the ultimate goals of professional coaching.

Finally, Nate walks through the G-R-O-W model for effective coaching, and provides an example to bring it to life for you.

Tune in to finally understand professional coaching once and for all, and set yourself on a path to being a coach.

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