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Archive for February 2012

Handout #73: Performance Counseling

 

PERFORMANCE COUNSELING (Art of Leadership in Coaching)

Performance counseling is talking to an individual or group in order to improve performance or keep it at a high level.  This could be easily related to a coach appraising a player or team of the manner of proficiency, which they displayed at either practice or a game.

Before you can counsel on performance you must have previously established standards of performance.  General standards apply to the entire group while specific standards apply to the individual or group for a specific task.  On a football team, for instance, you may consider running plays without a fumble as a general standard while a lineman huddling his men would be a specific standard.

What are some things to consider in establishing standards?

* First you would want to be sure that your standards are realistic and within the capability of your boys (men, players).  In this you must look at such things as time, equipment, personnel, and the conditions under which you perform.  You would not expect the same degree of proficiency from a freshman as you would from a senior, 3-year letterman.

* Second, the standards must be consistent with the group’s objectives.  Does the team want to win?  How hard are they willing to practice to perform their best?  What is their maximum performance?

* Third, don’t assume standards are known and understood by all members to which they apply.  Don’t assume that everyone knows what is required.  Explain what you expect so that each individual will know exactly what you want of him, how much initiative you will allow, and the range of responsibilities.  For example, is the coach going to send in the plays or is he going to give his QBack that option?  Let him know.

Prior planning is the key to a successful counseling program just as planning is necessary in anything you undertake.  In planning your counseling you must evaluate how the individual performed in comparison with the standards that were established.  In order that your evaluation be objective you should follow an orderly sequence in your appraisal.  Evaluate the individual against the standards, not against other people.  Outline specific points you want to cover, select a place and time and make concrete suggestions on how he can improve weak performance areas.

Performance counseling lets the person know how he performed, how he can improve, and motivates him to drive on. This counseling demands that you have a sincere, yet impartial attitude.  Explain what you are trying to do, what you are going to do, and then guide the discussion in that direction.

Follow-up is also important to insure that your counseling did what you wanted – that the person corrected what was wrong and he is now trying to improve.  It is easy to tell a person he did well but difficult to correct, supervise, and maintain a high degree of motivation.

The success of your team depends on the performance of each player and their performance is a direct reflection of the leadership they receive.  Performance counseling is a necessary part of being a good leader.

 

© {BCB} August ’78

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #73: Performance Counseling

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #72: Press On; Dedication – Sacrafice – Desire; Losing-Quitting

 

PRESS ON …

Nothing in the world can take the place of PERSISTENCE.  Talent will not; Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  GENIUS will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  EDUCATION will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  PERSISTENCE and DETERMINATION alone are OMNIPOTENT.

 

DEDICATION * SACRIFICE * DESIRE

  • Pay no attention to what the critics say.  A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.
  • It’s amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.
  • Fire your gun, then get ready to fire again, instead of talking about the first shot.
  • FREEDOM must be constantly won and re-won.  It cannot survive unless those who cherish freedom are prepared to nourish, to live by, defend and develop it.

 

LOSING-QUITTING

Mr. Meant To – has a comrade and his name is Didn’t – Do, have you ever met them?  Did they ever call on you?  These two fellows live together in the house of Never Win – AND – I am told that it is haunted by the Ghost of COULD – HAVE – BEEN.

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  • There’s no thrill in easy sailing, when the skies are clear and blue.  There’s no joy in merely doing things which anyone can do.  BUT there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you thought you couldn’t make!
  • Too many fellows think they can push themselves forward by patting themselves on the back.
  • EXPERIENCE is a wonderful thing.  It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
  • A parrot talks too much but flies little.
  • If you are made of the right stuff, a hard fall results in a high bounce.
  • Too many of us conduct our lives on the cafeteria plan: self-service only.
  • The best eraser in the world is a good night’s sleep.

 

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #72: Press On; Dedication * Sacrafice * Desire; Losing-Quitting 

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout#71: I Believe; A Smile

 

I BELIEVE

By:  JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, JR …

I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession, a duty.

I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether it is government, business, or personal affairs.

I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.

I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character-not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth.

I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.

I believe in an all-wise and all – loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.

I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.

Every human being has a work to carry on, duties to perform, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach.

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A SMILE …

A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  No one is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and no one is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.  A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship.

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature’s best antidote for trouble.  Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give a smile.  Give them one of yours, as no one needs a smile so much as he who has none to give.

COME NOW, LET’S SEE YOU SMILE!

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #71: I Believe; Smile

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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