| | Ep 496 – Performance VS Team Building Debate

Author / John

31 Min Listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

I am going to moderate a discussion between a club sports team tonight at the gym. They have been training at my facility for about 3 years, excellent group. Sport coach is focused on games and practices and skills, but has not adopted non-traditional coaching components like team-building or conflict mediation. When I brought this idea up to them their response was, “sure, if you want to…”

I feel this team is in a critical moment, the pressure of advancing skill and performance without the team-building or brother/sisterhood component so valued by athletes, I feel the pressure weighing my kids down. My question for you is do you have any good management tips for controlling the tempo, emotion, and direction of the conversation between athletes and coach? We’re going to have a rule that only the athlete with the mic can talk, and if you want to say something you have to have the mic in hand. I mostly want to keep the conversation constructive and help the coach hear their athletes needs and concerns.

Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice

What do you think of when some says the word, Coach? Asshole or inspiration? Coaching kids these days is not easy. Parents expect more, strength coaches want more weight room time, and sport coaches seem to be overbearing or checked out. While there are some coaches out there putting up a good fight, it only takes one bad seed (parent, coach, or athlete) to push a positive influencer in youth lives out of the industry.

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The Crew takes on the challenge of helping a motivated strength coach moderate a discussion on team building between the athletes and their sport coach. The master rhetorician John Welbourn helps coach be present, not let the discussion get to an emotional state, and allow both parties to be heard. Excellent episode to prepare parents, coaches, and athletes for an inevitable confrontation about an athlete’s performance.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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