Sunday, December 21, 2008

A coach's failure to retain enthusiasm for his work

Another good excerpt from Bill Walsh's terrific book "Building a Champion" with Glenn Dickey. [Previous posts from the book are here and here.]

There isn't any reason a coach can't become more effective each year, if he can retain enthusiasm for his work.

When a coach starts becoming more of a symbolic leader, instead of being directly involved with coaching, he'd better start looking for career alternatives because his lack of input will begin to negatively affect the team.

This erosion may be gradual and may not be demonstrated immediately. Eventually, the result will appear on the scoreboard.