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Do You Teach or Do You Help Them Learn

‘You haven’t taught until they have learned’

John Wooden

The qoute above is true more than ever today as players need to understand the why and the benefit to learning what you are teaching before they will act on it. With that in mind there are some important concepts to understand between teaching and true learning.

Teaching involves sharing what the teacher knows:
Learning occurs when they discover what the teacher knows

Teaching focuses on what the teacher knows:
Learning focuses on what is important for their needs

Teaching is deciding what they need to know:
Learning helps them discover what is needed for them to know

When you teach you are limiting players to what you know;
When you help them discover how to learn, you have set them up to reach their potential.


Failing Quickly

When coaching  do we slow a players development and/or impose a false ceiling on their potential  by teaching and encouaging them to avoid failure?  

Whether  intentional or not, teaching players to avoid failure through our words, body language or actions, will hamper a players development. Players must understand failure is a necessary part of their improvement process and they will experience  it during the development process. It should not be viewed as making them some how inferior rather it is a sign they are moving in the right direction. 

As Pixar director Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo and WALL-E, describes this way of operating, “My strategy has always been: be wrong as fast as we can. Which basically means, we’re gonna screw up, let’s just admit that. Let’s not be afraid of that. But let’s do it as fast as we can so we can get to the answer. You can’t get to adulthood before you go through puberty. I won’t get it right the first time, but I will get it wrong really soon, really quickly.”

Failing quickly to learn fast is also a central operating principle for seasoned entrepreneurs who routinely describe their approach as failing forward. That is, entrepreneurs push ideas into the market as quickly as possible in order to learn from mistakes and failures that will point the way forward. This is an extremely well-known Silicon Valley operating principle. Howard Schultz’s experience building Starbucks illustrates the point. He and his colleagues had to try hundreds of ideas, on everything from nonstop opera music to baristas wearing bowties, to hundreds of different types of beverages before being able to define the Starbucks experience.

 Sims, Peter (2011-04-19). Little Bets (pp. 52-53). Free Press. Kindle Edition.

Avoidance of failure means avoiding reaching your fullest potential and often times the quickest way to reaching new levels of success is through failing quickly.

Transfer Knowledge

Knowledge means very little if you cannot communicate what you know in a way that can be understood by others.

The role of a coach is to get players to acquire new knowledge that enables them to perform better. This is most commonly done by coaches transferring knowledge that they have either from their past, their learning, or their observations of the player and/or team. However, a coach can help facilitate this in other ways as well they can bring in other resources to help the player acquire the knowledge they need to advance, such as a specialist, another coach, a video resource, etc.. Below are some important things to remember to best transfer knowledge to players.

Provide specific actions for players to take more than theory on what to do and analysis of what they did wrong

Players care more about what you can do for them than what you have done

Players care more about whether than can trust you than whether you can trust them

No two players are alike some players you have to whisper too to be heard