Chapter 10. Coach as Collaboration Conductor

In high school, I was in a garage band. I had forgotten this until someone reminded me of it at my high-school reunion. He said, “Were we really as bad as I think we were?” And I said, “Uh-huh. We were pretty bad.” We were dedicated, though. We practiced at a friend’s house day in and day out, but we never hit our stride. Given the squeaks, wrong chords, and out-of-tune notes coming from our respective instruments, we didn’t have even a slim chance of sounding like a real rock band, even though we convinced ourselves that we rocked.

Years later, I see clearly why we never hit the big time. We were all new to playing together, and each of us was still focused on learning how to make our instruments ...

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