The Certainty of Uncertainty

I’ve let a month go by without putting anything up here on The Coaching Conversation, but I have been writing, and reading, and working. I just have not been sure that I had anything to add to the greater conversation at this time. Many of my friends and colleagues are producing great content and sharing […]

Quiet Power: Not Everybody Will Be the Same Kind of Leader

Do you coach an introvert or have a really quiet athlete on your team?  Perhaps you are an introvert yourself? If so, you may want to take a look at Susan Cain’s books, Quiet and Quiet Power. Quiet reminds us to make room on our teams for the introverted athletes without requiring anyone to change […]

Making the Transition from Assistant to Head Coach

The transition from assistant to head coach is an exciting time, but it also carries with it potential pitfalls and new problems. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe I just discovered Mike Deegan’s email newsletter.  He writes regularly about life lessons from sports and coaching. The particular […]

Extreme Leaders

I enjoyed this podcast with Harvard professor Gautum Mukunda, the author of¬†Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter .¬† The conversation focuses on the idea of the “extreme leader,” which he defines as the leader who is different from every other plausible leader or candidate for a job or leadership position. Mukunda changes the paradigm. Instead of […]

“Next Play”

Next play– a phrase used by Coach K at Duke–is a great example the powerful example coaches provide for leaders in other disciplines. Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, interviewed in the New York Times by Adam Bryant, highlights the important lesson he gleaned that one should not get stuck in any error or linger […]