Coaching is like gardening — What is coaching? (1)

Really interesting post from @davidhinchliffe on how he uses the constraints-led approach in his own coaching practice. I was particularly taken with the line “instead of a fault-fixer, think of yourself as a problem-setter…” Or, from an ecological dynamics/constraints-led approach viewpoint, coach as “environmental designer”, perhaps? Or, maybe, gardener?

Preparing the ground — What is coaching? (2)

Looking at coaching from an ecological dynamics/constraints-led approach viewpoint (which I do tend to do, nowadays), the role of the coach might be likened to that of a gardener. And one gardening skill that acquires great importance in this model is the ability to prepare the ground, whether that be the learning environment itself or …

Batting slumps and other losses of form — what to do next?

I suspect that most of us who have played cricket for any length of time will have experienced a run of poor scores. Often for no apparent reason — not down to any obvious technical failings, or over-confidence, or excessive diffidence. That next run can seem a very long way away, as you take guard …