By Athletes' Acceleration | June 26th, 2007
Coach Dungy’s fourth Leadership Characteristic is:
4: Discernment - knowing what to do and when to do it is a
true sign of wisdom
In his talk, Tony said that when a coach plans well there
are very few situations where you don’t know exactly what
to do in a situation.
For example, in the course of the Colts Superbowl run last
year, he said there were only 3 occasions in the entire
season where his organized system and planning didn’t dictate
the decision that he should make.
I would have figured there would be 3 times per game, at least.
But this only shows how important it is to have a plan. To
develop the first 3 characteristics he discussed, but to
do so with intelligent design, not BS your way through.
As coaches, we must be analytical, not emotional in our
decision making. And this is true whether we’re in the
planning stages of designing our training programs or in
the heat of a game or meet where we must make a decision
that could decide the outcome of that competition.
If you’ve ever driven to practice saying to yourself ‘I think
this would be a good workout to do today’ then you haven’t
developed the characteristics that have been discussed here.
Because starting with a foundation (Direction) and having
the confidence in the science and knowledge that created
that plan (Perseverence) will give you the structure to
follow your system (Develop a thick skin) even when, invariably,
people respond and react emotionally and selfishly to the
way it must be carried out.
Developing the wisdom that gets others to believe in you and
to follow you comes from the natural confidence that you
emit when you know that you know what you’re doing.
People (your athletes, your peers, your competitors) know
when you know and they know when you don’t know. There
are too many variables involved to BS your way through
an entire season.
You can develop these four traits by following a few
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Follow these steps and there is simply no way you can fail.
Remember, more has been lost by indecision than by wrong
Sitting back on the fence and making excuses why you can’t,
shouldn’t or have to wait just a little bit longer before
you make a decision is just the same as choosing not to
Show the Discernment that leads to success.
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