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In Pursuit of Excellence: Learning from Elite Sport on Developing Talent Effectively Dr Bill Gerrard Professor of Sport Management and Finance Leeds University Business School. Session plan. 1. “Let’s Go” 2. Ideas session 3. Group discussions 4. Report back 5. “Where are we?”.

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In Pursuit of Excellence: Learning from Elite Sport on Developing Talent EffectivelyDr Bill GerrardProfessor of Sport Management and FinanceLeeds University Business School

session plan
Session plan

1. “Let’s Go”

2. Ideas session

3. Group discussions

4. Report back

5. “Where are we?”

who am i
Who am I?
  • Professor of Sport Management and Finance, Leeds
  • University Business School
  • Research focus: performance and value management in the
  • pro team sports industry
  • Recent teaching portfolio:
    • Corporate finance (MBA)
    • Value and performance management (MBA)
    • The football business (2nd Year U/g)
  • Qualified football coach (UEFA B License)
  • FA psychology for coaching (Level 3)
  • Assistant coach, University of Leeds Men’s Football
you can t be serious
You can’t be serious!

What can we learn from elite sport on developing talent effectively?

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Ideas session: in pursuit of excellence

Alternative

World Views

Re-creating

the Street

Holistic

Approach

EXCELLENCE

Winning

Coaching

Goal

Setting

what s your coaching teaching paradigm
What’s your coaching/ teaching paradigm?

Transactional

Paradigm

Transformational

Paradigm

Knowledge Transfer

Detachment

Capability Building

Involvement

Player-Centred

Guided Discovery

Coach-Led

Command Style

Instrumentalist

Efficiency

Expressive

Excellence

performance outcome or process
Performance: outcome or process?

Performance as outcome

Short-term perspective

Quick-fix solutions

Summative assessment

Having mode

Performance as process

Long-term perspective

Get the fundamentals right

Formative assessment

Being mode

total football or 4 4 2
Total football or 4-4-2?

Tactical systems:

top-down command

Total football:

player empowerment

four corners model of talent development
Four corners model of talent development

AWARENESS

SKILLS

ABILITY

CO-ORDINATION

ELITE

PERFORMANCE

WELL-BEING

MOTIVATION

ATTITUDE

ATHLETICISM

mental skills training concentration
Mental skills training: concentration

Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing.

Count each breath until you are distracted.

How far can you get?

Mental skills training:

Motivation Confidence

Self talk Professional attitude

Goal setting Imagery

Relaxation Focus and concentration

coaching
Coaching
  • Individual-focused
  • Coach as teacher, mentor, motivator, facilitator …
  • Holistic approach to understanding the individual
  • Emphasis on positive and forward-looking approach – “who do you want to be”
the coaching process
The coaching process
  • Preparation:
  • Session plan
  • Objectives
  • “Fail to prepare.
  • Prepare to fail”

Guided discovery:

  • Create problem situation
  • Give players freedom to explore options
  • Typical structure:
    • Warm up
    • Drills
    • Conditioned games
    • Free play
    • Cool down

Coaching formula:

STOP-DEMO-REHEARSAL-LIVE

“Tell me and I forget.

Show me and I remember.

Involve me and I understand.”

effective coaching
Effective coaching

ASPIRE

INVOLVE

DEVOLVE

INSPIRE

smarter targets
SMARTER targets

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Time-bound

Exciting

Recorded

choose your goals carefully
Choose your goals carefully

OUTCOMES ARE UNCERTAIN

CONTROL THE CONTROLLABLE

TASK-ORIENTED INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

EGO-ORIENTED EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION

PROCESS GOALS

PERFORMANCE GOALS

OUTCOME GOALS

target specification
Target specification

COULD

SHOULD

MUST

but be aware of the language of targets
But be aware of the language of targets

“You MUSTachievethisperformance level”

  • Transactional
  • Extrinsic
  • Compliance
  • “You CAN achieve this performance level”
    • Transformational
    • Intrinsic
    • Collaboration
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It’s not about winning and losing. Don’t judge yourself or the team by something you can’t control. What matters is that you and the team strive to give of your best and to improve.

dealing with failure
Dealing with failure
  • Pro team sports has high failure rates
    • Average teams lose 50% of their games
    • Football managers get sacked every 2 years on average
    • 85% of full-time football trainees exit professional game within 5 years
  • But few support mechanisms
  • Excessive focus on winning even in youth development.
  • But winning is not a controllable
re creating the street environment
Re-creating the street environment

10,000 hours required

to develop expertise

Structured coaching

can stifle creativity

“The street taught us. Messi grew up like this.

Messi taught himself instead of a coach saying

‘run from cone to cone with the ball, do this, do that’.”

Johan Cruyff

The street – real-life,

uncertain challenges

Streetwise – shrewd;

practical; experienced

group discussions
Group discussions

Question 1: Is there a role for the coaching approach in university degree programmes?

Question 2: Should we be concerned with all four corners of talent development?

Question 3: Could small-group teaching be structured as a coaching session?

Question 4: How could we do more to ensure that graduates are streetwise?

wrap up
Wrap up

Group discussion – report back

Where has the journey taken us?

Thank you

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