Weekly Roundup: Building Trust

Building Trust The Wednesday Weekly Roundup is where The Coaching Conversation points you to interesting articles on Coaching, Leadership, Sports, Performance, Health and Fitness, and sometimes, money.

The Pacers’ Circle of Trust (Bleacher Report)

Building trust, essential, complicated, consistent.

It’s a philosophy that underlies the principles written out on the whiteboard next to McMillan’s stats—togetherness, toughness and trust—and borne out of extended conversations with their own players.

‘Silence is a death sentence for a player’ – behind the scenes with Brendan Rodgers and his brilliant Leicester side. (The Athletic)

Building trust with players and staff.  A great staff is crucial to success at the higher levels. When you have built the right one, trust your staff to execute your vision. It affords the space to observe and evaluate as a coach. To see more and extend your influence.

“Then the guys like Chris Davies [his long-time assistant], who is very like me, very open-minded, understands my principles and how I work, can look at the sessions and they can plan and control. But I’m always there to observe and then look really at the details, and then of course in other moments I’ll take the tactical parts of the sessions. There’s no doubt that that’s been great for me, because sometimes when you are coaching and right in the middle of it, it’s hard to see everything.”

Quite a bit about Rogers point of view and how his perspective drives his success.

Sam Kerr: Australia international joins WSL leaders Chelsea (BBC Sport)

Breaking news on the day…

Kerr said: “The WSL is the best league in Europe. I want team success and I don’t want it to come easy.

“I feel Chelsea have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that – I want to lift some trophies.”

Talking teams – an exclusive interview with Pippa Grange – head of team & culture at the England football team (Eat Sleep Work Repeat)

Dealing with failure, building trust, setting an environment for performance. Transcript of a podcast.

So I think there’s a few things: firstly give permission. You don’t have to create fun. ]You create conditions for it and people will find their own fun. Play is very natural to us. I think that’s really important. But I think secondly: making sure that people feel that they can be free to be who they are. If you set conditions and the tone or the soul of the team where people feel they’ve got to be a little bit careful, cautious you know they’re on guard the whole time… where’s their little bubble of sanctuary where they can just be who they are?

Megan Rapinoe won a Woman of the Year award. She thanked Colin Kaepernick. (WAPO)

I feel like we live in this scarcity-type culture; one of my best friends always says that. That’s not the world I want to live in. I think we can move on from losing alone to the belief in winning together.”

Which USWNT coach handled the challenge best, and what can Vlatko Andonovski learn from them? (Yahoo sports)

Walk down memory lane of the highs and lows of each coach.

The First Game … of Every USWNT Head Coach [Keeper Notes]
England’s “Victory Tour” goes wrong as Phil Neville unravels (Allforxi)

Well written analysis of Neville’s choices and comments since the World Cup. Trust once lost is hard to recover.

New Houston Dynamo coach Tab Ramos explains why now was the right time for MLS move (MLS soccer)

Really over the last year-and-a-half is when I started to think a little bit more about, maybe it’s time to make the jump. I felt like a lot had already been accomplished at the youth national teams and I felt like a new challenge, so I really felt like I wanted to be selective over the last 18 months as far as I where I wanted to go. It all had to start at a place where I felt like the players matched what I wanted to do to start with, and that’s why I felt Houston was the right place.

Why Steve Kerr Loves a Coach in Liverpool (Wall Street Journal)

“manager crush” –appropo, within a more comprehensive look at Klopp’s appeal.

“You can sometimes feel a coach’s influence,” Kerr said. “When a team takes on the personality of a coach, you feel this connectedness and this collective will, and then magic happens.”

Why AZ Alkmaar Think it is Important to Listen to Football’s ‘Whispering Talents’ When Competing With Better-Resourced Rivals (Leaders In Sport)

Trust in your process is essential for success. Also interesting perspective on talent identification and creating a winning professional team on a budget.

“The programme is boss,” he declares, and coaches are encouraged to work towards explicit outcomes in any manner they deem fit. “The programme doesn’t tell you what to do, it only tells you what has to be done at the end. You are free to come up with creative ideas and ways of training.

Maryland players fill the void by learning to coach after football careers are shortened by injuries (Baltimore Sun)

“As a player, you don’t understand how the coaches feel about certain things. When you switch your role and get in their shoes, you understand it better. Over this season, I am trying to help the guys get to the level they want to get to. I ask them questions to help their game out.”

Springboks and latest science again show momentum in sport is overrated (The Guardian)

I’ve considered this before when looking at hot hands in basketball. Research points that momentum may be relevant in individual sports, but not for team, yet like many coaches I have spoken before about the power of momentum. The most interesting point to me, is that it’s possible as you start to build momentum you overvalue it and then lose it. Perhaps it always really is the ultimate cliche: focus just one game/one play at a time.

Sporting wisdom would suggest those who scored the equaliser before the buzzer would be more confident, while those who missed the last shot before overtime would be more down. In fact the researchers found that after scoring the last shot in the fourth quarter, players’ field goal percentage dropped 12.14% points on average – whereas the field goal percentage of players who missed the last shot rose 10.09% points on average

Are Penalties A Reflection of Coaching? (SI)

It’s complicated, but some coaches get more blame than others. Breaks down the types of penalties and their impact.

Optimism in coaching: helpful or harmful? (hmmrmedia)

Bring awareness to your biases.