We’ve all read plenty of books on coaching, S&C and sports science and leadership.
The theory heavy manuals that have without doubt done the industry a great service and are always great to dip back into as a frame of reference. Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew however offers something different.
Never before has the art of managing personalities and dealing with these in a practical setting been so prominent. This is were Conscious Coaching excels.
Everyone will have encountered many different players/athletes during their coaching or teaching career, all with differing personality traits. Being able to identify and relate to these athletes is essential for building what is now commonly referred to as ‘buy-in’.
You can design the greatest program in the world but if your ability to build quality relationships is lacking than the program becomes flawed.
Coaching Coaching categories certain athlete personality types, and through real world examples (given by multiple guest speakers throughout the book) describes how best to approach these athletes in order to achieve an end goal.
Throughout the book Brett Bartholomew guides you to look at the person behind the athlete, why do they do what they do and what makes them tick as a human being. This is preceded by Brett giving you his own personal history and background which I found fascinating. Even after all of Brett’s achievements within the industry you really get the sense that he started at the bottom just like the rest of us.
I can’t praise this book highly enough, I enjoyed every single page and I have no doubt that it will go down as one of the ‘go-to’ texts in S&C, sports science and throughout the coaching industry.