In the pursuit of success aligned to change, clubs will inevitably alter the structure of coaches in the positions of head, assistant or development coach at some point.
For the coaches that find themselves in this situation of a new environment, attention to gaining knowledge before launching into action allows the inner guiding principles to create a sense of relevant order.
Taking some time, proper time, to listen and learn from the senior players is imperative. Expectations from the senior group may not be in sync with initial thoughts as to why change is needed, and most likely are resistant to change.
However they provide the wisdom from experience, triumph and pain, that can be the seed of progress with a positive impact.
Find a quiet space, away from the club. possibly in your own environment to display a welcoming attitude. Give yourself enough time, 45 minutes as a guide. The hard part is, with a mind bursting full of ideas, is to have the balance tipped overwhelmingly towards listening.
Set a framework of simple questions. Apply the Johnny Cash few words logic. And let it flow. Some examples:
- Is your role clear & understood?
- How can we as coaches be better for you?
- What are you /we doing when our cricket is going well
- Do you have the interest & ability to help others? How?
Building a relationship and expanded awareness of substance from those senior players with wisdom during the early phase has an importance as great as a series of indoor net sessions.
Guru Bob > think about it!