About this series: Coaching Beyond the X’s and O’s – this is the soul of Solution-Based Basketball® and the heart of basketball coaching. This is the second of an occasional Coach’s Toolkit series where I talk about the often-overlooked keys to coaching success. This post is on the topic of constant and immediate evaluation. The first post: “Dive Deep for Greatness.”
I recently read the book Why People Fail by Siimon Reynolds (yes, his first name does have two ii’s.) He talked about the Blue Angels of the U.S. Navy, who are the most famous arial acrobatic team in the world. They have thrilled people for more than 60 years with their precision flying and death-defying aerial maneuvers.
Their excellence is the result of thousands of hours of preparation and practice. After each routine they go back and review every move they made in great detail. This philosophy is drilled into them: that success comes only with hard work and detailed, continuous performance reviews. They are the best and they always want to be better.
How are you doing in your coaching with continuous performance reviews? A lot of us get more analytical when we lose games or are getting beaten around by life. That’s a good thing. But can you look around and see all the beautiful, wonderful things in life and still want to get better?
Don’t wait for circumstances to move you toward evaluation. Start now and make evaluation a core part of your program. The Blue Angels called them performance reviews; I used to call them ‘after-action analysis’; many in business use the term debriefing or even ‘post mortem.’ The exact term doesn’t matter. What matters is taking action now and putting the pieces in place.
Even if you’re really successful and doing well today in your coaching, by constantly evaluating you will constantly get better.
How can I improve?
The answer, like most good answers, is simple but not easy. By working hard, working on the right things and by having serious, consistent past event evaluations.
At Nike, where I work in the summer, evaluation doesn’t take place at the end of a session; it takes place before, after and during each session. Nike wants me to evaluate not just the bad things, but everything, because they want to constantly improve on everything.
In my consulting work with 94Fifty, the company that has put a sensor inside a basketball to evaluate basketball skills, I’ve seen how valuable it is to conduct instant and constant evaluation. This is the core function of its technology. And it’s the reason why the company is growing exponentially. If your dream is to become better in basketball, the instant and constant evaluation of 94Fifty will lead you to your goal.
The Blue Angels are the dominating leaders of their field; Nike continues to be an industry leader; 94Fifty is a young company and is an industry innovator. Three very different organizations, yet their successes are built on the same foundation – hard work and immediate, constant evaluation.
If it is good enough for these three, then I am buying into the philosophy that hard work and constant evaluation can be good for me and for you.
Dream your dreams, work hard, and evaluate to find a way to help your dreams come true. In founding Exohs, the parent company of Solution-Based Basketball®, the real head coach and I made a commitment to our dreams. This blog is dedicated to the belief that as we work hard and constantly evaluate, our dreams will come true.
What is the foundation of your dreams and aspirations? How might a program of immediate and constant evaluation help you in meeting your goals? Share your thoughts in the “Leave a Reply” comments box below (scroll down.)
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Photo: The Blue Angels Diamond Formation performs a dirty loop over
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. U.S. Navy Photo by
Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class (AW/NAC) Ryan Courtade.