Friday, January 20, 2012

Coaching Styles

An organization is a reflection of the leader's personality, strengths, and passions.  The leader defines what is important with her or his dreams, goals, values, actions, personal example, standards, consequences for poor performance, and rewards for excellence. 

The leader prepares the organization for success.  Smart leaders consistently establish goals, standards, and tasks to improve the organization given their unique situation.  If a leader is constant and consistent in how they lead and who they choose to be on their team - an organization will develop a culture.  Great cultures are the foundations of great organizations.

Great cultures are a competitive advantage. 

Great cultures are made possible by confident and capable leaders.

Leadership styles define organizations; Coaching styles define football teams.  Since it is down to four teams in the National Football League - here is a quick look on how coaching styles have created cultures of success.

New England Patriots -

Bill Belichick - He is a dogmatic grinder who sees possible improvement in every detail.  Nothing is ever good enough.  He believes individual, team, and organizational improvement are always possible if people are willing to put in the effort.  His systems create tactical advantages which puts the opposition on their heels.  His coaching staff puts his players in positions to win.  Week to week, he has the ability to neutralize an opponent's strength while unveiling a subtle wrinkle to improve his teams capabilities.  He is a strategic genius who has the ability and discipline to maximize each day.  He is a gifted systems thinker.

Baltimore Ravens 

John Harbaugh - Like Belichick - John (and Jim) come from a football family; their fathers were lifelong coaches.  John is prepared, poised, and observant.  His style is old school football - physical defense, mistake free offense, solid special teams, and conservative schemes.  He doesn't ask his players to do much.  He plays to the physical strength of his team - which is a nasty defense.  He wears his opponents down and pounces on opportunities.  His team wins by not beating themselves.

New York Giants

Tom Coughlin - A professional football lifer who never gets the credit he deserves as a football coach or leader.  He coaches in New York - which puts his team under extreme media scrutiny - yet he finds a way to consistently overcome adversity.  He is disciplined and prepared.  He plays to the strengths of his team.  He likes to keep pressure on his opponents offensively and defensively.  He is extremely resourceful and determined to make the best of each situation.  His teams are never out of the game; his team's find a way to win.

San Francisco 49er

Jim Harbaugh - He is a former professional Quarterback, son of a coach, and brother of the Ravens coach. Harbaugh knows the game.  The first year professional coach is intense, emotional, and inspiring.  He believes in himself, in his players, and the organization's ability to succeed.  He has created the possibility of greatness and prepared his team to succeed.  He preaches preparation, discipline, execution, personal accountability, and teamwork.  His players do the little things that win games - they don't make mistakes, they hustle, they win individual battles on each play.  They play with heart and emotion; they never quit - they must be beaten.  His teams believe they will beat you.

Coaching styles prepare a team for success or failure.

What is your style preparing?

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