80:20 (Lesson 8)

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    This forum topic is for any discussion about The Future Coach Principle 8 – 80:20

    Tom Bates

    Do you have any strategies you implement with your team when thinking about the 80:20 principle?

    Kat Nichols

    Sorry, Tom, I know this does not answer your question. But, something stuck out to me about the 80:20 coach. When talking about having a no limit thinking, you (TB) challenged Jack to identify lessons from his experience. Given the circumstances we are all facing right now, what are some of the lessons that we are learning through this experience, and have you asked your players to see what lessons they are learning through this experience as well? Are our minds full of doubt because of the unknown or are our minds full of “belief, hope, and optimism”?

    I actually have a team chat tonight with my whole team is this is exactly what we will be going over. I can’t wait to see what their answers are. 🙂

    Steve Davis


    I’ve been working with our players on how to grow through adversity. I asked them what they wanted to discuss in our online team gatherings, and they felt overwhelmed with the technical challenges, and the never ending emails asking them to try a new app or website to work on their technique. They wanted to be challenged mentally, to connect with their teammates and feel part of something larger than a single player with a ball. We’ve discussed how each player is dealing with their personal situations, and what methods they’re using that they can share with their teammates. I’ve used images of them on a team bus to share that we are all in this together, and on the same journey. They have three projects that I’ve outlined below.

    1. Create a GROW model that also includes how they can support their teammates, and how their teammates can support them. Collaboration is encouraged.

    2. Produce and record a self-interview where they are both the interviewer and interviewee. They can ask 3 questions and they have been encouraged to be as creative as possible. I’d like them to share how they are growing through the current situation, and what is working for them and why. I’ve also asked them to thank all the essential workers on the front line of this in their videos. I showed them an interview I did where I asked myself how I was handling the current situation and did I have any advice for others. I also asked what things I am missing that I may otherwise have taken for granted before the stay-at-home order. I changed my sweater for each role and switched places on the couch.

    3. In small groups they have to create a virtual game of soccer tennis or four square, where they are competing against each other as a fun activity.

    PS. I’ve given them a health and wellness form that allows them to daily monitor such things as sleep duration and quality, stress, energy, hydration, and nutritional quantity and quality.

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