In today’s episode I’m talking with Keith Scruggs (@sports_scruggs on twitter). In this episode we discuss everything from intermittent sleep habits to embracing the ever changing dynamic flow of life. Keith is an Assistant Sports Performance Coach at the University of South Carolina but even if you’re not into sports I think this episode is applicable to life in general. We discuss managing and leading other people, managing yourself, developing relationships, fostering a sense of community & belonging, and connecting with others on a deeper level.
Some current stats and background on Keith:
✔️ Assistant Sports Performance Coach at the University of South Carolina
✔️ Phd Student (he’s in his last class this semester)
✔️ Adjunct professor in the exercise science department
✔️ Played baseball & track & field as a collegiate athlete during his undergrad at UNC Asheville
✔️ Received his Masters in Kinesiology & Exercise Science, where he served as a graduate assistant sports performance coach for track & field
✔️ From there he went on to intern & ultimately work for the US Olympic Committee at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. Working with bobsled, skeleton, luge, and ski aerialists’, and bi-athletes.
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
✔️Differences working with collegiate athletes vs independent athletics
✔️How important is is to show people that you genuinely care, when trying to build a relationship
✔️The only way to truly learn about people is to put yourself in their shoes, immersing yourself into their subculture
✔️We discuss the characteristics that command respect from others for both male and female leadership positions
✔️Keith talks about the dangers of “looking laterally” and falling prey to the comparison trap. He shares his advice on how to eliminate stress so you can effectively maintain a forward focus and avoid comparing yourself to others.
✔️We talk about communication, how you present information directly affects how it is perceived – and can either positively or negatively impact your overall goal.
✔️Keith shares his perspective on how he separates his work from his worth – in the world of athletics where everything is so results driven, black & white, winners & losers.
✔️The importance of celebrating (and keeping track) of the little things
✔️How you propose a task and the environment, directly affects how an athlete perceives, responds, and ultimately performs
✔️We discuss the importance of non-verbal communication to developing trust & building relationships
✔️The role of a coach or leader in the unmasking of organic energy and connection among the team or group.
REGARDING THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COACH…
ATTRIBUTES OF WISE LEADERS:
✔️Knowing the importance and process involved in creating a natural climate of openness
✔️Maintaining a state of presence demonstrates the leaders stability, flexibility, & endurance
✔️The ability to have an awareness of group process. Relinquishing the desire for control, not interfering, and knowing that often efforts to control a process tend to actually block a process
✔️Recognizing his needs as a leader, that he must have people to serve: that there is a mutual need of coach-athlete, of teacher-student polarity
✔️Successful leaders refrain from imposing a personal agenda upon a group
✔️Quality leadership does not rest on dramatic presentation, but on the how considerate you are and your ability to pay attention
✔️The wise leader settles for good work and then allows others to have the floor
✔️Learning to develop your ability adapt. Nothing in life is static, so it’s important to adapt to the environment at hand
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