Last week I had the opportunity to speak to 1100 coaches at a coaches’ convention. Several coaches came up to ask me my thoughts on the challenges they are having on their team. One issue that many teams struggle with is role ambiguity; which means individuals on the team are not clear where their job starts and stops and what other people are supposed to be doing. This can cause two people to be working on the same thing and other things to be dropped through the cracks. To solve this problem, I encourage coaches to write out specifically what is the difference between the job of the head coach and the first assistant? What about the first assistant and the second assistant? And where do captains fit into the mix? Why do you have those different titles and what do they mean? If you haven’t taken the time to define the responsibilities that go with the titles, each person will make up what they think it means. Those assumptions are where problems can arise.
Take the time to specify what you think each person’s role is and then have a conversation with your team. Once everyone is on the same page, the confusion over who is doing what will be greatly diminished.
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Sorry about the lighting in this video guys. I usually use natural sunlight but it was pouring rain today and I didn’t want you to have to wait any longer for another video!