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Rich Bland, Diane Porter and 2 others like this.
 

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Clenchiecoach
Rich Bland said:

Really interesting piece.
Can recognise my former self in many of the pitfalls.
Unfortunately, maybe my present self still exists in a few!

31/01/18
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NickRuddock
Nick Ruddock said:

I think we can all relate to that Rich, I certainly creep back into a few at times. But where there is awareness there can be transformation! Thanks for reading.

01/02/18
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Nick
Nick Kershaw said:

Great article, I enjoyed reading this ...Words for thought.
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08/02/18
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sargenpd
Paul Sargent said:

Unfortunately in my humble opinion, the tone of your article suggests that you really haven't conquered your ego. More dictate then suggest.

08/02/18
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Jenscrimshaw

Really great article! Im just starting out, so these are things I can be mindful of.

05/03/18
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Clenchiecoach
Rich Bland said:

I found the subject of this one interesting enough to to think what it is that gives/gave me the drive to start and continue on the coaching pathway.
I read one of the recommended books (interesting but not lifechanging) and thought about the element of ego when designing and delivering sessions. Who are the sessions for and why do they look the way they do? It's interesting to look back at a session using the window of ego and seeing if the players really needed it at that moment or maybe it was the Coach's latest ideas forced on them?
I had a look back at some of the sessions I have on film with interest, purely focusing on matters of ego. When making confident points and observations, my coaching position is often close enough for others outside of the session to to hear. I think/hope it's coincidental but is it that ego was in play, making sure everybody gets the benefit of my moment of wisdom? There's also a moment of asking the players what they thought of the session. Was this purely for feedback to improve it for next time or was I looking for validation from the players or indeed the guy filming?
Also had a look back at the odd bit of correspondance from my (long since over) days as Chairman at a club. There may be instances where I had genuine intentions to help to improve things for everybody or was it just an ego taking over, forcing ideas through. There were certainly some very interesting letters and emails.
In both examples above, I think it is a mix of both and as experience has been gained. I believe that the ratio of ego involved is definitely shrinking but it's interesting to understand that the separation lines between ego and confidence are hard to define.
Perhaps I'm egotistical by forcing thoughts onto others in this reply and my other blogs? Perhaps I just have the confidence to admit past and present failings, helping the improvement process. Maybe that by sharing on forums, we're just trying to stimulate some thinking for anybody that may be interested. Perhaps it isn't that we have to 'conquer' our ego (as it's been put) but learn how to control it as necessary?

As Nick clearly states at the beginning, we ALL have an ego. It encouraged me to have a closer look at mine!

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