Where do you look for answers to questions that arise during your day? Or are you even asking yourself questions? Everyday should be an opportunity to do what you do BETTER. Don’t be one of those people that are STUCK or COMFORTABLE with what they are doing and the level they are doing it at.
Now there is nothing wrong with being comfortable but being comfortable does not mean you have to SWITCH OFF the continual improvement part of your brain. It is vital that we REFLECT on what we do and STRIVE to reach new levels of competence and creativity in order to offer a better SERVICE.
In every field I know and every part of life SERVICE should be our number 1 priority but for many it is not. YOU CAN’T LEAD IF YOU DON’T SERVE and maybe that is the reason many organisations struggle because there is no leadership. Maybe the leader has forgot that they must SERVE first before anyone is interested in their leadership.
So if you do decide to improve where do you look for answers? It is too simple to look inside for answers (in your own field) as often these answers can only take you so far. In our field of Sport Science we need to look at other disciplines to offer a better service. Sometimes advanced sport science concepts are basic concepts in another field so why reinvent the wheel.
There is no better example of this than analytics which is a new BUZZ in sport science but for business it is “Old Skool” so lets go wider with our networking, outside the boundaries of our own fields and then we will really start to see some great advancements.
Where do you start when you are putting your program together?
The first step in any program is RESEARCH. Completing as much research or investigation to determine exactly what is required to maximise performance. It depends on the situation you are in but if you are working with a team the first research to be conducted involves the manager and coaching staff.
At the end of the day you are preparing a team for your manager so you need to understand exactly what he wants, what he believes are weaknesses and what he wants improved.
A team is a group of individuals so you must take an individual approach. Therefore I believe it is imperative to have individual meetings with every player so you can get their feedback on what they believe are their strengths and weaknesses. Its also vital to investigate the players training history and their likes and dislikes. You will get more “buy in” from players if they have input into their program.
The tools you have to work with must also be investigated. By this I mean what facilities are available and how can they be used. For example is your strength training facility able to have the entire squad training at the same time, what equipment is available and what is the budget if new equipment is required etc.
Its important to be mindful of having an athlete centred approach to programming and all the work you do. I have stated many times that we are in the service business so we often need to listen more and talk less. If we get the right information we can complete a great program but too often we think we know what is best when we haven’t completed the necessary research.