The great football coach, Lou Holtz, said "You have to have talent to win, but you can lose with talent, and that's where coaching can make the difference."
Our research in this area comes directly from interviewing 12 top NHL coaches about how to coach the best in their players. We recorded these interviews in our book Simply the Best: Insight and Strategies from Great Hockey Coaches. We utilize many of these proven coaching techniques inside our training and coaching sessions.
I loved my time as an assistant coach with the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. Players need to stay in the zone and not over-think the game they are playing. Coaches can similarly fall into the trap of over-coaching. I quickly learned how to get the players' very best game by implementing what we call "Emotional Permission." This is one of many techniques that I developed as a professional hockey coach and will use to help you achieve your best game in sport, business, or family.
Shortly after my time with the Canucks I was invited to coach the Canadian National Women's Team. I greatly value the opportunity I had to join these amazing athletes and coaches in their journey towards their most recent Olympic Gold Medal. Harnessing and synergizing their levels of emotional energy was critical in getting every player's best game, something we explore in detail during our corporate coaching sessions.
Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell (who did an amazing job), and by me for all the rear-view skating shots (hence the body-double photo above), said two things in Miracle that stuck with me:
"You can't be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon."
"Great moments are born from great opportunity."
Opportunity connecting with a prepared, well-coached person = Uncommon men and women