Selecting a theme

Theming your Year

Part 2 – Selecting a theme

Jeff Mitchell

In this article I am going to explain how to select a theme for your year. To do this you must first take a step back, however, and work through identifying your goals. You will start with goals for the next several years and then you will drill down to write out a plan for your goals for the next twelve months. In this article I am going to explain how I go about planning goals for a year’s self-development and give some pointers on how you can then select a theme for the year. Continue Reading

Goal setting

Goal setting

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

The following is a pre-reading for a workshop I deliver on goal setting.

Goal setting is an effective tool to use in various areas of your life. You will often find that successful people are goal-driven. This is true whether they are in sport, business, music, the arts or any number of other areas. For this article we will focus on how goal setting applies to athletic performance. We will look at what goal setting is, how it helps athletes, the types of goals that you can set and how to do it effectively. Continue reading

Why give your year a theme?

Theming your Year

Part 1 – Why a theme?

Jeff Mitchell

I’m trying something new this year and I’d like to challenge my readers to do the same. This year I am having a central theme for the next 12 months of my self development. I will focus on integrating this theme into my life, going beyond just goal setting and making it a core component of how I live my life. In this article I will introduce the idea of theming a year and why you should set your own annual theme. In future articles in this series I will explain how to plan and implement your theme along with how to incorporate the theme into your overall self development. Continue Reading

Maximising your learning

Using your learning edge

Part 10 – Maximising your learning

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

Throughout this series we have looked at how you can use a learning plan to improve your coaching effectiveness. In this final issue we will look at how to get the most from your learning plan and some ways to troubleshoot the most common issues that can prevent your from achieving your learning goals. Continue Reading

Evaluating your learning

Using your learning edge

Part 9 – Evaluating your learning

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

A learning plan is designed to help increase your knowledge, leading to an increase in your effectiveness as a coach. Rather than being a static document, your learning plan should be regularly reviewed and updated. In this issue we will look at the role of evaluation and how to review your learning plan. Continue Reading

Researching

Using your learning edge

Part 8 – Researching

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

You will often come across situations when you are coaching that your previous experience has not prepared you for. The situation may be novel or outside of your current level of expertise. When you are operating at your learning edge you will often find yourself in the territory of the unknown. To help yourself to learn from these situations, and to then deal with them better in the future, you will often need to go away and conduct some research. In this article we will examine how you can use research to increase your knowledge and understanding, helping you to become a more effective coach. Continue Reading

Singapore visit

Singapore visit

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

I recently spent a couple of weeks in Malaysia. During this time I made a few trips into Singapore, taking the opportunity to meet up with several people in the sports industry there. My travels saw me linking up with the Singapore Sports School, the Singapore Cycling Federation and the Singapore Sports Institute. I had some good discussions around the environment in Singapore and how they approach sport and coach development. Continue reading

Identifying your learning

Using your learning edge

Part 7 – Identifying your learning

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

Learning can occur in a range of settings: from observation, delivery, reading and research, through discussions, from competition, and even from analysing your mistakes. With each of these settings it is important that you are able to identify what you have learned and how you can use it. In this article we will look at how you can reflect on your coaching to identify what you have learned and how to then record this information so that you can incorporate it into your coaching practice. Continue reading

Watch and learn

Using your learning edge

Part 6 – Watch and learn

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

 You need a range of tools if you are to be continuously learning. Observation, where you watch and analyse another coach delivering, is another tool that you can use to learn about your craft and about yourself. In our Taking charge of your coach development series we looked at the role of observation. We did this by looking at how video observation and the observation of other coaches can help you to develop your coaching ability. In this article we will look deeper at the process of learning when using observation and how it can fit into your learning plan. Continue reading