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These Books May Open The Door To Your Team’s Success

posted by Coach Dawn Writes
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2:22am EST

My blog is a place for coaches at all levels who are interested in building teams, motivating their student athletes, and coaching ideas that work. You won't find drills or job postings there, but you will find thoughts from a self-proclaimed coaching nerd who wants to help coaches and teams thrive.

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I’m the first person to acknowledge that there are lots of folks who know a lot more about success, leadership, goal setting…or whatever thing it is that we try to impart on our teams.  Because of that, I read…a lot.  As a matter of fact, I just finished up a couple of books that blew my mind and I’m sure I’ll be writing about them on the blog soon.  Before I get to that, read about some books that I love and believe have made me a better coach.

Books + Coaches = Successful Teams

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The Talent Code
What would you think if you heard these three sentences:  “Greatness isn’t born.  It’s grown.  Here’s how.”?  You’d think:  I’ve got to find out how!  And that’s what I did.  Those sentences form the tagline for a great book, The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle.  In his book, Coyle talks about three elements to creating greatness:  deep practice, ignition, and master coaching.

Put Your Dream To The Test
Every team starts out the year with high goals…things they’d like to have accomplished by season’s end.  What every team does not have is the desire, tenacity, and motivation to keep pursuing the goal when (cliché alert!) the going gets tough.  John Maxwell is a well-known speaker on leadership and goal setting, so I figured his book would be a great place to start.  Becoming a coaching sherpa and guiding our teams through the goal setting process can help them to accomplish individual and team goals put them on the path to having a successful season.

Coach Dawn’s Guide To Motivating Female Athletes
This is my book!  It’s a 56-page guide that will give you specific steps to increase the competitiveness of your female team.  It will show you why battling “girl drama” should be at the top of your list in order to dominate the competition.  Also, it has example after example from my coaching life, on how I’ve handled tough situations in the past.  If I know one thing about coaches, it’s that we want to be good at what we do.  And I know you want your athletes to be winners and have fun with the sport, this book could be just what you need to go to the next level.

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Gender & Competition—How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently
In 2000, I took my first collegiate head coaching job.  While I was fired up about coaching and volleyball…I was pretty clueless about what it took to be successful as a leader of young women.  That same year, I went to my coaches convention where Kathy DeBoer was the keynote speaker and it was an eye opening experience to say the least.   Her topic was “Improving the Competitiveness of Your Female Team” and she’s expanded that two-day seminar into this great book.

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B Is For Books: 5 Books That Made Me A Better Coach
I’m a book nerd…I love ‘em!  So much so that I put a summer reading list together every year to make sure that I get my reading fix in.  This post is from my A to Z series about books that have helped me over the years and I’m sure you’ll find them helpful as well.  There are so many books out there that will make us better coaches…these are my top five, but certainly not the only ones that have impacted my coaching life.

Let’s all agree to keep reading and keep learning so that we can be the best possible coach for our teams.

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