One of the greatest commonalities on taking the NYC subway or having a caffé in an Italian Bar is:
Everyone has an opinion.
In the world of boss/worker (or master/slave), one of the common overheard themes is, “Who should run (or lead) your company?” Or country? Or organization?
Does that person have the right experience?
Do you need to be a Coach to be a Head Coach? Or just some likeable Administrator?
The classic expression (on the defense side) I hear time and time again is, “You don’t need to be a brain surgeon to be the CEO of the Hospital”.
You know what I’m getting at.
The right people.
The Right Stuff.
Derek Evely: The Current State of Track & Field
Once again, Stuart McMillan does a fantastic job in interviewing key coaches and athletes to help our sport grow.
One of the key points is the selection committee in hiring the right staff, along with the values and framework to get the job done, and that means winning medals at the Olympics and World Championships.
As well, the article goes in detail on how Kevin Tyler did not get Canada’s Track and Field top coaching position. Of course, I am heavily biased as Kevin is a friend and my former coach, but people forget he has been to four Olympic Games in four different capacities: as an Athlete, a Coach, in Coach Development, and in Sports Marketing.
In the traditional model of business, the CEO’s job is to provide value to the shareholders. i.e. make a profit. Period.
But in the Head Coaching position, the role is winning medals. i.e. performance. Or top 8 finishers. [READ Beyond the Olympic Medals: Where Do We Go Now?] And that means getting more people in the grassroots system for more qualified athletes the higher up you go in the performance ladder.
At the end of the day, you have to choose the right person to lead your team, and you have to have the metrics to prove you made the right decision, whether it’s stock price or gold medals (or in Canada’s case, bronze medals and top 8 finishers).
But outside of politics, I will give you my thoughts on Teamwork & Leadership on SpeedEndurance TV in a few days, and my philosophy may shock a few people.
Take Home Points
Here is a partial snippet of the lengthy post, courtesy of McMillanspeed.com
Stuart McMillan: What does success look like to you?
Derek Evely: It depends upon what level you are talking about. If you are talking about developmental athletics (anything non-elite) then to me success means being able to produce coachable, healthy athletes that have a chance of maximizing their potential. If they are talented and capable of high end success, then it is your job to prepare them so that when it is time for them to move into a truly world class program, the coach there (whether it is you or someone else makes no difference) should not have to spend two years with that athlete correcting your mistakes or rehabbing chronic injuries or dysfunctions. This is a very undervalued (but also under-practiced) expertise in our sport, hence the reason we have a rift between developmental and elite athletics in this country.
And unfortunately, our current leadership has no clue how to foster the relationship between these two factions within our sport. No idea what so ever. And with the recent decisions of our NGB, the future in this regard does not look bright…
In elite athletics, success to me is simple: win medals and give back to coaching more than what it gave to you.
Stuart McMillan: What messages do you have for a young coach who wants to succeed and make a difference?
- Work your ass off, then work your ass off some more
- Create something that people want to be a part of
- Find a mentor(s) and do what you have to to spend time with them
- Take charge of your own coaching education
- Develop your own methodology… and let it evolve
- When it comes to your methodology or system, deal in facts, not guesses, hopes or assumptions
- Respect tradition and those who came before you, but stay current and relevant
- When things go wrong, look at yourself and your program first before you start blaming the athlete
- Don’t bitch when you realize no one gives a shit whether you have produced something or not, because those who understand what ‘producing athletes’ means do not control the process of rewards and incentives. Enjoy your hard-earned results and the chance to live a life among great people, that may have to be enough
- Put your signature on everything you do
JIMSON’S NOTE: How many do YOU score from the above list?
Stuart McMillan: What is the difference between winning and success?
Derek Evely: Winning is placing first; success is making a difference.
Stuart McMillan: What are the three most important factors for an athlete to reach success?
- Find a good coach.
- Train smart and stay healthy.
- Have faith in your abilities, your coach and the work you have done…you will learn what this means when the time comes.