Aside from being the CEO of 9DOTS, I am also an Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Cardinal O’Hara High School. Whether it’s at home or in the office, I have spent my life practicing, preaching and living the TEAM concept and culture. As a coach on the football field, and as a CEO, I try to see the best in each and every member of the team and use that to our advantage. It’s June 2018. It’s half-time. If you are losing, how do you adjust? If you are winning, how do you avoid complacency? I have FIVE tried and true tips from my experience coaching in all aspects of life. Keep reading for FIVE TIPS to coach your team to a WIN in the second half.
In football, halftime can be one of the biggest challenges. If the team is losing, it’s possible to feel a sense of urgency to fix everything at once and panic. This never translates well to the team, and can lead to yelling, dissension, and loss of the second half of the game. If the team is winning at halftime, it’s easy to get complacent and lose sight of the fact that there is still an entire half ahead of us. As you approach the end of the first half of 2018, how do you close out with confidence and win the second half?
Here are my 5 TIPS too COACH YOUR TEAM to A WIN in the 2nd Half of 2018:
- Do a 360 degree team review. Solicit feedback from your “players”. Everyone is a leader. Believe it or not they may have better insights than you ever thought imaginable. After all, they are on the front line and see all the action.
- Make certain you remember all the key moments from the FIRST half – Good and Bad. We cannot solve the 2ndhalf without the knowledge we have gained from the 1st. Show the highlights and the low lights to the team. Ask “why?” Why did we succeed here? Why did we fail there? You might be shocked by the answers.
- Before you address the team, meet with your peer group. Discuss the 1sthalf and what their thoughts are for the 2nd Get the input from your direct staff.
- Address the team. Keep it brief. Explain the good and the bad and the strategy for the second half. During this time, let others speak. We cannot win the 2ndhalf if it’s only the coach’s ideas. We need buy in.
- Let them go! If you have formed your culture and your team, they know what to do. Be strong ing your abilities, trust yourself and your team. If you have learned from your mistakes, it’s time to show it.
Once the halftime is over, there is only one thing left to do at the end of the game: Celebrate the win. But never get too high, because the next challenge is only one game away.
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