How to Coach for Sustained Success
If you live in Australia and haven’t heard the name Rick Charlesworth you probably haven’t been that interested in success in sport over the last 30 years.
If you have any interest in success, sport or high performance you will know that Rick is no only a medical doctor, Sheffield Shield cricketer and Captain of Western Australia, but Olympic hockey player, gold medalist and Master Coach of the Australian Men’s and Women’s hockey team.
Master Coach of the Year
He has coached teams to an unprecedented 15 World Number One, World Cups, Champions Trophies, Olympic and Commonwealth Gold medal positions.
At the WA Sports Champions of the Year Awards he has won WA Coach of the Year 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000,2010 & 2014.
Rick knows Coaching and High Performance.
Rick and I spoke on the same stage at a recent conference.
I made a point of sitting in the front row to soak up his wisdom when it came to presentation on coaching for sustained high performance.
Here are just two of his incredibly powerful points.
Culture, Candour And Crucial Conversations
One of the key points Rick made was the importance of candour in shaping, crafting, building and nurturing a high performance culture.
For the team to be aligned to the same goals, values, ideals and rules.For the team to know that it is OK to have Crucial Conversations.
Conversations where as Coach or even fellow player they can look each other in the eye and tell the truth – tell the truth with compassion and caring and not damage the relationship, the team or the overall result. In most cases everyone in the team needs to be trained in how to have a Crucial Conversation because for most us, we are not taught at home or school or College how to do this.
Besides training on the hockey field, Rick also trained his team in how to hold Crucial Conversations.
Trouble The Comfortable
I loved one of Rick’s quotes when he took one of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings and said:
‘My role as coach is to comfort the troubled and trouble the comfortable..’
It really resonated with me.
Our roles as coach, manager, leader is to lead, facilitate, and challenge the members of the team to move beyond their comfort zone to discover new skills, new levels of performance, training, insights and results. As my hoax character Dr. Mark Moorehouse says
‘If you want to have different, you need to do different and think different.’
As humans our whole system is designed for homeostasis – to keep the body temperature, the oxygen, and the sugar levels at an even level so we can function.Yet if we are to run faster, get stronger, be more effective or efficient, we need to stress, train, put our system under pressure so it adapts to the new level of performance.
You can’t run a marathon without training the mind, the legs, and the lungs to handle that pressure.
You can’t make more sales or grow the business from within the comfort zone.If the business is to innovate and grow,you have to innovate and grow as a human being.
That means creating a mindset, a culture, and environment where people are encouraged, coached and trained to keep growing outside their comfort zones.
That is the challenge.
It’s the challenge Rick CharlesWorth and successful managers, business owners, entrepreneurs and sales managers take up and work with every day.