Creativity requires thought, space and a productive environment.
I consider coaching a creative process.
Programming the same.
If the goal is to produce the most appropriate (not perfect) programme for that client or athlete at any given stage of their development, we need to make sure that our minds are ready to create and deliver.
Problem solving takes time, skill and thought.
Deadlines are always going to be with us, and actually help us. They help by making us decide, produce and get something out.
Once you accept that perfect is not possible, that appropriate is the way forward, that it’s okay to bring out version 2.0 in 6 months time, then deadlines are your friend. They speed things up no end.
Let’s think coaching for a minute.
Putting together a solution for one athlete is fine. So is 6. One team is feasible. Probably 4 or 5 is achievable.
If you decide to fit as many people in as possible to your working week, to build up to capacity of your gym (and yourself), think about the quality of what your doing. Think about the people doing it. Is this their goal?
Isn’t this the model that we follow in commercial fitness and performance training? Get every coach or trainer to their capacity to maximise profits? Your very own performance related pay model.
But what does performance relate to?
In this case it’s not quality but quantity. Two qualities inversely related generally.
So performance related pay can actually DECREASE performance.
It’s time to think about how we are building and what it may lead to.
Have your vision, make it crystal clear, but more is not always the way towards that goal.
Better always is, for you, for your clients and therefore your business.
Think variation, online, offline, better, different, these area the ways to build your vision, Not necessarily more and more.
Here’s a quick summary of the embedded video below from Dan Pink. Dan’s work brought this concept to my attention and made me think. If you have 20 minutes it’s a very worth while watch.
and a nice animation of his thoughts here too: