The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario recently ran the “SWOT Yourself” workshop on October 30 and 31, 2014, it was the second part in the Coach To Leader Workshop (C2L) Series. The C2L series has been created through a partnership between Canadian CSIO and Performance Coaching Inc. It is a comprehensive, individualized leadership program for National Team coaches who want to inspire athletes to give their best performances ever. This is based on the principle that leadership is not a destination but is an ongoing developmental area for all coaches.
Sixteen (16) National Level coaches attended SWOT yourself, most of whom have Olympic experience, to receive valuable information from a combination of self-assessment, workshop content, and especially from the one on one discussions with the Performance Coaching Specialists.
Topics revolved around enhancing the coaches’ effectiveness under pressure. The coaches moved through various topics including attentional styles, distraction management and performance under pressure and how interpersonal style can help or hurt effective leadership.
The coaches found tremendous value in spending time with other coaches with similar experiences.
“This is a great program with great follow up by the presenter. It allowed a lot of personal reflection and there were good dynamics in the room among coaches.”
~ Al Morrow, National Rowing Coach
“I appreciate being around other national and international level coaches. The sharing of experiences, thoughts, solutions and challenges helps me feel my world is not as small or lonely.”
~ Angie Shen, Beach Volleyball Development Coach
“Many of us have the same issues. The group approach is great for realizing we are not alone and to quickly resolve solution strategies.”
~ Jerry Tonello, Wheelchair Basketball Men’s National Coach
The third and final workshop of the Coach to Leader series is scheduled for early 2015 and will provide additional tools for the coaches to further enhance their leadership effectiveness.