I have written before about ‘The Inner Game of Tennis’. I came across an interview on youtube with the man himself, W. Timothy Gallwey. There is no need for me to make any comments when the man can speak for himself.
Here are some highlights for me. At the bottom is the link to the whole interview.
“My role was not to teach, but to help to learn. And that made a huge difference.”
We got to a place where “… coaching was facilitating learning from experience.”
Three overarching skills.
1. Increasing non judgemental awareness of what is.
2. Clarity of goal, clarity of choice. You’re not making the choice you’re following the interest of the person being coached.
3. Inspiring self trust.
The ‘inner game’ cannot not be played.
Performance equals potential minus internal interference.
The process of coaching shouldn’t be overregulated.
The coach has to keep throwing the leadership ball back to the coachee so that he is taking responsibility and accountability for the choices he is making.
Enjoyment improves performance and learning.
Learning is an inherent capability of people. You don’t have to put it into people, you have to bring it out. That’s the privilege of the coach.