Piano Player OR Piano Pusher? (#2)
Piano pushers and piano players are two different types of people. There are lessons that can be learnt from both and this blog tells you about both types of people.
Piano pushers are grafters, those people who keep on going regardless. With minimal complaints, they secretly like working hard.
In a sports team you might get complaints as a coach, but it’s the done thing for these people.
In a business/life context they put their hours in.
Piano players are almost the opposite. They are highly skilled operators, finely tuned specialists who intrinsically understand that less is more for them.
So, which is best and which one are you?
Both types are essential for a high performing team or programme.
It’s a good metaphor for coaching athletes and indeed people we encounter in life.
Firstly I would ask you a question.
Which one are you? Gut instinct, with minimal thought, which do you gravitate towards?
In your approach to coaching, your work, your athleticism, whichever springs to mind. It’s important to know where you are coming from as a coach.
If you’re not sure, perhaps you use the phrases, ‘he’s not working hard enough’ or ‘they need to work harder’ on a regular basis, usually without a full examination of the programme or the person. That might suggest you have more of the ‘pusher’ mentality. This is not a criticism, I would say that I’m a pusher more than a player generally. Not in all areas but most.
There are many more piano pushers than players, but piano players do exist. Those that are finely tuned. Those that do not tolerate high work loads or volumes. Those that excess volume dims the expression of skill and movement.
I think there are lessons that can be applied from both parties. More work is not smart. More can be appropriate but smarter is better and less is more. Likewise discipline, application, focus and grit are great qualities the player can learn from the pusher. We don’t want to turn one into the other. Possibly adopt some characteristics, but individualisation in key.
Look for the signs in the groups you work with, adjust your approach accordingly. It’s possibly less important which you are, and more important how you apply yourself to certain tasks.
At the end of the day, the piano player never gets to play until plenty of grit has been demonstrated and lots of pushing done.
I like to say keep on pushing, and combine it with some play, and smart work.
Thanks for reading folks, much appreciated.