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Tim Kolodziej

February 9, 2012

Tim Kolodziej: Are you SURE you want to be a coach?

NEW CASTLE — “Sitting down, Jesus called the twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”  — Mark 9:35

So, you want to be a coach.

Or a (insert type of leader you aspire to be in here.)

Be ready for questions. Lots and lots of questions.

Here’s how most of them will start:

•“Can you ...”

•“Would you ...”

•“Did you ...”

•“Could you help me ...”

• “Do you have a sec ...” (Beware: “Sec” is code for at least 10 minutes.)

•“Do you have a minute ...” (Beware: “Minute” is code for an hour and a half.)

•“I need some help ...”

•“I need an idea ...”

•“Do you have a number for ...”

•“Can you call ...”

•“Can you do me a favor ...”

But don’t sweat the questions. You don’t need to have all the answers. You just need to point people in the right direction.

“A person who is worthy of being a leader wants power not for himself, but in order to be of service.”  — Sam J. Ervin Jr.

So, you want to be a coach.

Or a (insert type of leader you aspire to be in here.)

Be ready for criticism. Lots and lots of criticism.

Here’s how most of it will go:

• “Can you believe they lost to ...”

• “Why didn’t he call a timeout ...”

• “My son should be starting ...”

• “Wow, did she get outcoached ...”

• “He’s too easy on the players. He needs to crack the whip ...”

• “She’s too hard on her players . She needs to lighten up ...”

• “They are under-achieving with all of that talent ...”

•“They look like they never practice ...”

But don’t sweat the heat. Your goal as a coach is to teach, emphasize and put into practice your passions and values. No need to make excuses. Just keep making progress.

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