Back to Basics

by Ryan Krzykowski

I’m pretty sure I’ve used this title for a post at some point in the past, because the URL at the top of the page says “back to basics 2”.  I didn’t choose that, it was chosen for me, so apparently we’ve been here before.  But that’s really no surprise is it?  We all need to go back to basics once in a while, and for CFC that time is right now.

Coaching Life Groups have launched for the fall, and in one of the groups, having been through Coaching With Purpose Volumes 1 and 2, including a deep dive into John O’Sullivan’s Every Moment Matters, this group decided to turn back the clock about a decade and revisit InSideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann.

In last week’s conversation we looked at the book’s introduction and I absolutely loved it.  The words “transactional” and “transformational” get tossed around quite a bit in coaching circles these days, and while I’m positive Joe Ehrmann didn’t invent those words, his work was where I personally first encountered the terminology of transactional vs. transformational.  Reading Joe’s descriptions of these ideas was an important, powerful reminder of who I want to be, and who we can all be as we work with young people:

Transactional coaches: the kind of coaches who use players as tools to meet their personal needs for validation, status and identity. Coach first, team second, and player’s growth and needs last, if at all.

Transformational coaches: other-centered, using their power and platform to nurture and transform players.  Players first, coach’s needs met by meeting the needs of players.

Let’s get back to basics.  Let’s Coach With Purpose…