‘World-class athletes are better able to handle repetition better than the next person.’
The marathon/racing culture
- It’s a unique environment where everyone is cheering for each other
Book: 7 Keys to Being a Great Coach
Key 1 – Standards
- It all starts with your standards – Rules for your life. Standards is a much more palatable word than rules
- 3 important standards for coaching:
- 1 – Standards for yourself
- 2 – Standards for your workplace/coaches
- 3 – Standards for your athletes
Key 2 – Your Methodology/Philosophy
- What do you believe in? How do you believe in achieving this?
Key 3 – Great coaches adapt
- To the unexpected. They are calm, controlled.
- Adapt to the generation you are working with: Listen better. Discipline. Communicate in their style: they want short bursts of information (they are the Twitter-generation.)
Key 4 – Have great energy
- It all starts with you. You have to exude passion. People should look forward to seeing you.
Key 5 – Interpersonal skills
- Respected. Likability. We are in the people business who play sports.
Key 6 – The fundamentals
- Great coaches have teams that are great at fundamentals.
- Daniel Coyle in The Talent Code: ‘Mastering the mundane.’
- World-class athletes are better able to handle repetition better than the next person.
Key 7 – Invest in yourself
The One that got away
- 2002 World Duathlon competitions in Atlanta – Came in 2nd. Lost by 40 seconds. Gave it his everything so it wasn’t a failure. But still had a disappointed feeling.
- Allistair’s advice to young people – don’t have any regrets
Best borrowed/stolen idea
- Michael Boyle – Training exercises and how he relates with people