As a coach I was always looking for new information and ways to become more effective and efficient as a manager. Here are three great free resources that are available and may give you some ideas for your program.
1. There is a daily Harvard Business Review Tip that you can sign up to receive. Every day in my email I get something new and exciting to think about. A few days ago this was the tip: Stop the Whining on Your Team…
“We’re all grown-ups here, right? Then why do teams still whine? It’s part of the human condition to complain, but it doesn’t have to derail your group. When people on your team get frustrated and need a sympathetic ear, do the following:
- Insist on accountability. Don’t allow people to present a problem without attempting a solution. Advise them to do what they think is necessary to achieve results.
- Encourage positivity. If the whining is about fellow teammates, encourage the group to work with each other to better understand the nature of the problem, and then create a joint solution. Remind them that most people aren’t intentionally difficult.”
Here is the link to the website to sign up: http://hbr.org/tip
2. Another great daily email comes from The Foundation for a Better Life. This organization has a wonderful website with lots of ideas for inspirational quotes, values and many other topics you can use with your athletes. A recent motivational thought was by Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), a novelist and Nobel Prize Winner. The quote was:
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”
What a great suggestion for coaches since I’m sure we compare our facilities and our available resources to our competitors. Go to the bottom of the website and sign up for your daily thought! http://www.values.com/
3. A third fantastic resource is The Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED), Ideas Worth Spreading. These videos are short talks by experts on a variety of topics. There are so many great speakers you will need to scroll through the list and select a topic or a speaker you may want to hear. The themes include everything from leadership, motivation, collaboration to inspiration. Look up a theme and listen to a brief talk from an expert in that field. You’ll find yourself wanting to listen to more than one!
I encourage you will take a few minutes to sign up for these inspiring resources!