Todd Nief's Show
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I love learning about and thinking through the frameworks and principles that people use to understand the world - as well as the processes that they use to maintain and update their principles for decision-making.
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This is about strategy and understanding - not just tools and tactics.
Most Recent Episode
The Micro-Skills of Coaching
3 days ago
Movement-Seeing movement and comparing to an idealized version in your head-Coaches can see something wrong and can tell that it’s off - higher level coaches are able to understand the cascading effect and compounding effects of various flaws-Ability to zoom in and zoom out Correcting-Tactics for improving movement-Tools in the toolbox - throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks - not necessarily a guru-like level of pattern recognition, although that can happen - great coaches have this level of pattern recognition but are also humble and willing to iterate-Higher order is understanding what kind of change you can expect to see from an individual Prioritizing-Are there any quick wins that you can give an athlete?-Is there a flaw that is causing other downstream issues-How much change can we make in a given period of time-Technique vs compensation Building trust-Emotional backlash and threat response to the things they need to do to make progress-Emotional issues relative to what they think they need to do and how hard they need to work relative to what they actually need to do-Clients feel like they’ve “tried everything” and have been burned before-Important relative to the quick wins concept we discussed earlier-Pendulum swinging back and forth - finding the sweet spot-Avoiding argument with clients-Consistency from coaching Check out this conversation to learn: How to face the embarrassment and fear that comes when you create something - and how to put it out into the world anyway. How Daniel chooses to balance commercial photography with his artistic practice - and what skills and frameworks are universal across the different modalities How to justify "selling out" to your younger, punker self How to balance the tension between having free, unstructured "creative time" with the demands to meet deadlines, respond to emails, and have a schedule If you're enjoying the show, why not a leave a review? It makes a difference in terms of other people finding the show. You can also subscribe to receive my e-mail newsletter at www.toddnief.com. Most of my writing never makes it to the blog, so get on that list. Show Notes [0:53] The many different skills required for great coaching [3:53] Coaches must have the ability to see movement and recognize flaws [11:45] Once a coach sees a problem, are they able to correct it? [16:46] Seeing and correcting are table stakes - then we need to be able to prioritize [29:26] How do you create the emotional buy-in and trust with clients to get them to invest in the process of improvement with you? [40:12] Asking questions rather than being directive is one of the best tools for a coach's communication toolbox