Written by Marina Brown, BSN, RN, CCM, CHC, Vice President of Clinical Programs
One of the most important aspects that separate good, knowledgeable sports coaches from the ones who win championships year after year is that the repeat winners understand they need to see and treat their players as individuals. They know what motivates one player to excel, whether it’s getting in their face and coming down hard or providing soft guidance and support, will cause another to fail miserably and they adjust accordingly.
As former New York Giants Head Coach and Super Bowl winner Bill Parcels has said, “Look, coaching is about human interaction and trying to know your players.”
What works in the world of athletics also works in the real world, especially when it comes to motivating members to improve their own health. You can’t settle for blanket solutions or approaching everyone with the same set of tools. To be truly effective, you must understand the individuals with whom you’re working.