Business is not a sport. But great coaching is just as important to success in the office as on the field. Over the years, HBR has interviewed some of the world’s top athletic coaches. We mined our archives for a few of their best insights that apply to employees and players alike.
Every day there are many sporting events that happen all over the world. Out of all those sports events, there are some that leave a mark year after year. Jenny Richards provides an overview of the six world’s biggest sporting events.
The days of watching the kids ride off into the neighbourhood on their bikes are largely gone. Most of today’s parents want to have their children within sight all day long. This safety concept takes away some of the exercise kids used to have as they returned at sunset for dinner, however. Keep the kids in shape and safely in the backyard with some of these fitness oasis ideas. From inexpensive to investment-worthy, these exercise strategies will fit almost any budget.
Sports bring out the best in people. Human beings have always been drawn to the competitive outlet that sports provide. Sports themselves often have legends (mythical stories) associated with them. While some of these are believable, others are just too good to be true, this article examines some of these myths associated with some of our favourite sports.
Before we discuss what qualities and skill sets that make for a good coach, we need to first acknowledge how very difficult this profession of coaching really is. Coaching is sometimes a thankless, frustrating “no-win” kind of job. It’s an occupation that is most often done in a public fishbowl. In other words, if you coach, then you are in a highly visible position that continually exposes you to the public’s scrutiny and evaluation. It’s one of those professions where the general public regularly weighs in on what kind of a job they think you’re doing whether you want their evaluation or not.
When it comes to judging your job performance, everyone seems to be an expert and have the “qualifications” to criticize you. Fans, parents, students, alumni, the media, and the team’s organization or administration all seem at the ready to offer you either the thumbs up or thumbs down signal. What’s even more frustrating for a coach is that so much of this external judgment comes from individuals who don’t seem to have a clue about you, your players, or what you’re trying to accomplish with the team.
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