“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakam
Coaching Resources: Some Things I Love
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My newest recommendation… The Last 9 Seconds –for soccer coaches interested in diving deeper into goal scoring. Written by a goalkeeper it gave me insights and ideas for training goalkeepers as well.
Great book for anyone interested in improving your ability to learn (click on photo for more info) I listened to this book on audible while I drove 12 hours and it definitely made the time go by.
Please scroll down for different recommendations of coaching resources including books, services and coaching or fitness resources…
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I have written about the fitbit and it’s value for an active coach.
I have also written about free tools for fitness.
Books, Books and more Books.
You will find books throughout the site, but below are a few of my favorites, which are excellent coaching resources at any level.
There is no order here and I am adding and culling resources constantly.
*On my desk at work at all times: Seeking Wisdom From Darwin to Munger.
*Check out this text book by Gabriele Wulf called Attention and Motor Skill Learning, which I really enjoyed. It’s expensive, as textbooks often are, and I think if you google her scholarly work you can find much of the same information. Still a good resource for your library.
*My next textbook is Nonlinear Pedagogy in Skill Acquisition.
*I highly recommend Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Taleb.
“I want to live happily in a world I don’t understand.”
*My favorite coaching book: Finding the Winning Edge by Bill Walsh. This book was indispensable when I was coaching professionally. A hundred brilliant nuggets buried within all the detail. Walsh organizes his thinking about creating a successful professional organization with as much depth as Drucker. And that is tough to do.
*Most people would recommend Flow, which is very good, but also dense and hard to get through. The ideas in Flow are spot on, however, and so I recommend a wonderful, but lesser known book by the same author called Finding Flow. Finding Flow, written for the non-academic, describes flow well and how to find it in life as well as sports. It works well with Peak–the ideas in combination are useful for designing the right level of challenge for each of your athletes.
*A very helpful book for any coach or leader, Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Peter Lenconi, is a leadership fable. Typically I do not like these business books that teach through fables and stories, but this distills dynamics that often trouble teams down to an essential list of five.
*From there it follows that my favorite business writer is the one and only Peter Drucker. Drucker’s great gift is clarity and simplicity. His books give me energy. They make me want to run a business. A good place to start: The Essential Drucker
*I also love anything by or about Charlie Munger.
*My favorite memoir: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I simply could not put this book down. It’s an adventure and a test of the human spirit, but it’s more than that.
*My favorite memoir before I read Wild: Drinking in the Rain by Alix Kates Shulman. Not much to do with coaching, but a lot to do with how to live on your own.
*My favorite sports novel: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. Sure it’s a novel, but there is some true wisdom regarding coaching in this novel. Interesting note, the best coach in the book is a teammate. And, in fairness I can’t think of another sports novel that I have read. Can you? Would love recommendations.
*On many people’s must read list regardless of your profession or purpose, the great Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
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