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Newsletter #4

Hello all! I am back from my up north adventure. Northern Ontario is really quite beautiful in the summer. I managed to go for a therapeutic swim every day, mostly during the early morning, there is nothing quite like it after a strenuous work out.

I visited an outdoor museum aptly named The Tree Museum and as fall is fast approaching, I’m planning a return visit to take in the art amongst the trees, in falls full colour spectrum.

My Northern Sanctuary
Lake Muskoka

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration.

  1. A tree museum? Who could come up with that idea. It’s the brain child of Founder and sponsor: EJ Lightman. Curators: EJ Lightman and Anne O’Callaghan.With internet services restored I found this information at their home on the web, “An Outdoor Art Gallery of Site Specific Installations”
  2. Along the same train of thought, nature, I have picked up on Greta Thunberg and her strike for climate change. Ms. Thunberg is a 16 year old who started a protest movement. Since December, teenagers across Germany inspired by the 16-year-old Thunberg’s climate fight have been marching weekly instead of sitting in classes. I’m all in, and looking for ways to contribute my time and effort. Greenpeace has some advice for the September 27th Strike For Climate Change here:
  3. A musician who inspired me to write about music, Wayne Shorter, check out my review of one of his recent concerts   and another musician whom I admire for her incredible talent, Esperanza Spalding are working together to create a new opera, something that promises to be very special, I must get tickets to this.
  4. My reading continues with an author I recently discovered, Alexander McCall Smith and another series he has penned. The Sunday Philosophy Club, set in Edinburgh, Scotland and featuring the protagonist Isabel Dalhousie. I am thoroughly enjoying this book and considering a visit to Edinburgh.
  5. Karate classes have started, I’m teaching children and adults at www.smadojo Shingikan Dojo in Maple, On. I’m also instructing children at a community centre in the city of Markham, as well as one in the town of Stouffville.

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Transformational Coaching

Ontario Coaching Conference 19

Marriott Markham, Ont.

Kicking It Into High Gear:

Using Evidence To Transform Your Coaching Practice

Presenter: Dr. Jean Coté – Queen’s University

My first Ontario Coaching Conference, I am a coach and a member of the Coaches Association of Ontario, so I thought this is something I should attend. As an active coach I have a busy schedule and I registered for one day only. I planned to attend from 3 PM onwards. I am very happy I attended even though I only managed to attend one seminar. My intention had been to attend a few of the seminars but some unexpected issues came up that required my attention. If I had not felt a sense of satisfaction with the first seminar I attended I likely would have made more of an effort to attend other seminars that day.

The seminar I attended, Using Evidence To Transform Your Coaching Practice, was presented by Dr. Jean Coté in a clear and concise manner, well laid out and easy to grasp. The seminar was a confirmation to me that I was on the correct path with my coaching practice. 

To summarize the seminar content, the following was discussed.

Transformational Coaching is Effective Coaching, to define Effective Coaching qualities, as Professional, Interpersonal and Intra-personal, which equals Knowledge and Behaviours. That knowledge and those behaviours have a direct effect on the athletes – competence,  confidence, connection and character. These are the four C’s of an athletes development.    

Dr. Coté reviewed how the three coaching qualities are related to the four-C’s. Using an overhead projector, a diagram of a circle came up and in the centre ring you have professional, the inner ring had the term interpersonal within it, and the outer ring intra-personal.

The terms were explained as, professional is the knowledge the coach brings to the practice. Interpersonal is the coaching style, the type of coach, the personality, if you will. Intra-personal is the review of how your coaching practice has worked, what works and what doesn’t work and how you will change it, or make it work, a review of the practice plan.

A form of graph was projected on the screen, a plus sign, “+” and it was labelled with “Effective” at the top and “Ineffective” at the bottom. The right side of the cross was labeled “Engaged” and the left side “Not Engaged”.

Interpersonal leadership/coaching behaviours were charted on the graph and Coté discussed how these were arrived at. In the bottom right hand section was indicated Toxic Leadership and gave some examples of how this could be considered engaged, yet ineffective. In the opposite section was indicated Dis-interested Leadership, which would be located in the not engaged and ineffective section. In the centre you have Neutral Leadership such as Transactional Leadership. The reward punishment style of coaching. In the top right side quadrant was located Transformational Leadership and some examples were given of how this style is most effective and engaged.

Dr. Coté discussed how the four – I’s of Transformational Leadership qualities should be incorporated.

The four – I’s are:

1.) Idealized Influence = Practice What You Preach

2.) Inspired Motivation = Believe In Your Athletes

3.) Intellectual Stimulation = Involve Athletes in the Coaching Process

4.) Individualized Consideration = Person Centred Approach

He then went on to discuss the eleven behaviours of Transformational Leadership.

1.) Discuss and model pro-social values and procedures

2.) Showing vulnerability and humility

3.) Discussing goals and expectations

4.) Expressing confidence in athletes

5.) Implementing a collective vision

6.) Providing meaningful and challenging tasks

7.) Eliciting athlete input

8.) Sharing decision making and leadership

9.) Emphasizing the learning process

10.) Showing interest in athletes feelings and perspectives

11.) Recognizing the athletes accomplishments and contributions

During the seminar Dr. Coté touched briefly on the 10,000 hour rule to perfection and how that idea had been recently debunked. This was in relation to performing repetition to perfection. Have a child do 10,000 front kicks and he/she will have a perfect front kick, however you may never see them at practice again.

He spoke of diversity between sports and diversity within sport. Having children vary the sport, trying different sports and sampling other sports.

The idea of retention of athletes and how to go about that.  Make the sport enjoyable so that the athletes want to return. Have a balance in your coaching practice that incorporates skill, leadership and fun in your program. Incorporate more focus on the individual and how the athlete of today can become the coach of tomorrow.

In conclusion, I found the seminar enjoyable, educational and most importantly, affirming my coaching style. I also noted areas that I can certainly improve upon. I am going to make every effort to refine my coaching skills and to polish the eleven behaviours of Transformational Leadership. 


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Newsletter #1

My Newsletter – Summer Inspiration

Some things that I’m interested in this week.

Only five items, links or suggestions that you will be able to get some information on.

Links to some sites I like, sites that inspire me, make me want to read or are just plain interesting.

  1. Ever Widening Circles. What I like about this newsletter is it’s inspirational stories and its conspiracy of goodness. Like this recent story on  the hidden power of algorithms Ever Widening Circles or how to bring  the Island Fox back from the brink of extinction. A 9 minute inspirational story, saving-the-island-fox
  2. My previous blog touched on getting children active, what about starting them early. Find a yoga baby class Life With Baby or a program that I actually teach, a karate, parent and tot program created by the Stouffville Community Centre. Sign up for a program: recreation, lessons, programs.
  3. Reading books in the summer, what could be more delightful. Settling in on beautiful summer day at the beach with a great read. I am presently enchanted by “The Samurai’s Garden” a 1994 novel by American author Gail Tsukiyama. Goodreads Link to The Samurai’s Garden
  4. My pick for evening entertainment, a great show on  Prime TV, especially if you’re into the New York jazz scene. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel an American period comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino.
  5. Classic literature, can children still read Dr. Suess.  The Toronto star newspaper lists Green Eggs and Ham in the top ten children’s  books. I have rediscovered the Dr. Suess series as a wonderful way to entertain my 9 month old grandaughter.                                         

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