Image you coach a baseball team, and your team just lost a game. In the post-game talk, you tell your team that they didn’t give it their all – they played at around 85%.
Two days later, you arrive for the next game. You gather your team together for the pre-game pep talk. Would you say this?
“Ok, team, a couple of days ago I told you that you played at 85%. I know you can do better. You know you can do better. Today, I want 89%! Now let’s go get ’em!”
No coach I know would ever say that.
An effective coach wants 100% out of their team. Not perfection, mind you. But 100%. Coaches want players to play to their potential. To give it 100%.
We’ve all read articles and book where we’re told that most companies see team performance following the 80/20 rule. What would your team look like it everyone worked at 100%. Not realistic? Perhaps. But why not set that vision?
Refuse to allow your team to live/work to the lowest common denominator. Give them the vision of higher standards. Set challenging goals. Inspect what you expect. Cheer them on. Coach them. Believe in them.
Coaches want their players to play to 100% of their potential.