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Effective Modern Coaching by Myles Downey

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– Chapter 5 –

Effective coaching and mindset

One of the threads in this book that you will probably have picked up is the idea of mindset or mental state. There is a mindset in which we perform to our best and learn most effectively. I first learnt about this as a competitive tennis player, noticing that there was a mental state in which I played my best tennis. Gallwey called is ‘self two’; Carol Dweck (whose work I’ll refer to in detail later) called it a ‘growth mindset’. This is fundamental to learning and performance, and therefore is key to the effective coaching model.

A golf lesson

It’s a cold, wet, and windy autumnal day in the south of England. And it’s early. I am at a driving range, waiting for Patrick, the CEO of a large engineering ...

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