For a few days I found myself staying at the same hotel as the New England Patriots football team. Naturally, I took every opportunity possible to engage in conversation whether in the elevator, lobby, workout room, or restaurant.
When they found out I was an executive coach — interested in parallels in athletic coaching — various players were open to telling me their opinion. Repeatedly they wanted to make clear that playing football isn't a game to them, it's their job. In high school and college it was a game, but pro football is their profession as “money is the big motivator just like any business."
- Technique and skill development (with both verbal and visual explanations)
- Good direction that covers all contingencies and keeps them from going in unprepared
- Honest and loyal encouragement