Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2015 - (Page 45)
BY MICHael jOHNSON
How do we help
those we love?
How do we help people improve at a
Did you ever coach a little league team?
How about soccer? Teach someone how
to ride or rope? How did you do it? Did you
implement your coaching strategies after
meticulous research on best practices?
Probably not. You probably did it like all
coaches since the days of Moses. All
coaches coached the way they were
coached - they say everything really loud
and they always say it twice! (As in, "Let's
go! Let's go! Hustle! Hustle!") Surely the
coaches I had in life must have set some
kind of record - none of them ever smiled
a single time in four years! And almost all
dads have one surefire method...yell at
your kid more than you do the others. Of
course, if any player (or horse) makes a
mistake - you yell at them! That's just the
way it's done, right?
Could there be a better way? Maybe
so...an organization called Positive
Coaching Alliance surely does offer some
food for thought. PCA was founded by
Jim Thompson, a man who worked at the
Stanford Business School. Before that,
Thompson taught emotionally disturbed
students where he became skilled with
managing and motivating those children.
When his son turned six and started in
sports, Thompson discovered parents and
coaches violating all the methods he knew
to be effective - putting intense pressure
on children, giving technical advice when
the child was anxious or frustrated,
and coaches yelling at children when
they made a mistake. Thompson would
eventually collect his ideas in a book called
"Positive Coaching, Building Self-Esteem
Through Sports." With the support of the
Stanford Athletic Department, he launched
PCA in 1998.
The core of PCA is to train "doublegoal" coaches. Coaches are encouraged
to win - indeed to be relentlessly positive,
and to teach life-lessons as well. Parents
are encouraged not to coach, but rather
to focus on guiding their child's character
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2015
From the President
Who’s Telling Your Story?
Quality on Tap!
New Affinity Partner Takes the Pain Out of Having a Website for your Town or Water System
You Own Your Dreams
Another Successful WaterPro Conference
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2015