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EQUIP YOUR TEAM WITH CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS (TONY DUNGY PART NINE)
John Wooden Video Clip (4 min. 06 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Please share how you decided to bring your coaching career to a close." Long clip but great if you are a John Wooden fan.
Tony Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008. Coach Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in 2007.
In his book, The Leader Mentor, Coach Dungy explained the importance of providing clear instructions when assigning a task:
"I think, for most people, poorly defined tasks are one of the highest areas of dissatisfaction. How often have you been given an assignment without being told how to do it or what's expected? Are you expected to bring back a recommendation or a report? In writing?
Equipping goes hand in hand with educating if we want people to perform to their highest potential. And just because we've gone through the process once doesn't mean we won't have to do it again.
Picture a young coach I've hired as my defensive quality-control coach. He will work under the defensive coordinator, providing him with breakdowns of opponents' videos and drawing up play cards of other teams' offenses to allow the scout team to simulate those plays in practice.
That's the job description in a nutshell, but what exactly does the defensive coordinator want? Many young coaches have to rewrite their reports several times because they didn't know what the coordinator really wanted. "Why did you include those plays in the report? Their quarterback was hurt in that game. They'll run an entirely different offense against us when he is back in the lineup." "Why didn't you note that the other team blitzed when they ran this play? The quarterback changed the play at the line."
These are things the coordinator knows when he watches the tapes, and he assumes the young assistant should know them as well. But the newcomer doesn't because it has never been explained to him. Once the coordinator lays it out and shows the other coach what he wants, the young coach can deliver what the coordinator needs. Mentor leaders understand that educating and equipping with the necessary information and expectations to accomplish the task must go hand in hand."
Are your instructions clear?
Yours in Coaching,
The Things You Can't Forget
They ain't much, seen from day to day-
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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