How well do you manage the tensions in your program?

Great leaders navigate the constant tensions that exist in their programs.

-The tension between a focus on development and getting results.

-The tension between moving fast in recruiting and going slow to be thorough and not make mistakes.

-The tension between doing everything possible to create a good culture and not manipulating people.

-The tension between challenging and supporting.

-The tension between creating an environment where tension exist to help people develop and making sure people are not suffocating and unable to relax and perform.

-The tension between leading and managing your staff and micromanaging them.

-The tension between a tough schedule that challenges your team and a schedule that beats you up and creates a loss of confidence.

-The tension between celebrating wins and moving on to the next game.

-The tension between focusing on the here and now and focused on playing the long game (Making decisions that are good for the now as well as good for the future).

-The tension of paying attention to detail and paralyzing the athletes with too much.

-The tension of being loose and being undisciplined

I could go on and on!!!!

Two-Step Approach

Here are a couple of tips to better handle the tension.

Step one is having principles that frame your decisions.

It is important that you are crystal clear on your principles and beliefs. Once you are crystal clear, you then frame everything in your program with these principles/beliefs in mind.

So, maybe one of your principles is playing the best prepares your team to be the best. This frames how you make scheduling decisions.

Step two is constantly evaluating.

To stick with the scheduling example… constantly evaluating your scheduling so you don’t go too far.

Side note: This is why it is so important for leaders to create space to think. If you are constantly working ‘in’ your program and not taking time to slow down and work ‘on’ your program, you will fail to consistently pause to evaluate. You will get stuck focusing on the minutea of the program and never pull up to see your program from a 30,000 ft view. 

The leader who manages these tensions and strikes the right cord most often with his/her team/program usually has the best culture and success on the field.

Know what you believe and take time to assess how you are navigating the tensions in your program.

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Travis Wyckoff

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