Being coachable is about awareness and the ability to take the necessary feedback/ adjustments from a situation and use them to your advantage. There’s wisdom in being coachable. It means you’re paying attention to the metrics of the rules/ game/ conduct. It gives rise to wisdom to interact with other players/ competitors/ coaches and the experience, skills and knowledge that you have earned will give you a personal identification of the process of learning the skill. In talent spotting, this is by far the most important to see in the individual. Without coachability, there isn’t a need to be coached.
2. Ability to listen
The ability to listen is not just an important skill to be understood, it has to be practiced, nor is it just about hearing. The ability to listen, to be a good listener is learned, it takes a conscious effort and has a self humbling resolve. In talent spotting, the ability to listen reveals a lot about the individual’s character. In learning a skill, or advancing, the ability to listen, execute with confidence has its effect through listening, understanding and applying. Here I will introduce to you 5 areas that can be worked on to improve the ability to listen (if you are a coach or a player)
- Remove Distractions (focus on what is being said)
- Empathise (Try to understand the other person’s point of view)
- Be Patient (take time to digest and formulate a overarching perspective)
- Listen for Ideas not just for words (understand as an entirety not bits and pieces)
- Non-verbal cues (93% of communication with each other are through non verbal cues)
3. Leadership qualities
Identifying leadership quality will enhance the improvisation of imparting knowledge. The importance of the coach in the 21st century is not just on impartation of skills, information but of someone that can empower, motivate, unlock potential. In talent spotting, finding individuals with leadership prowess have seen to help coaches to develop standards for the team by appointing a team captain, using a centralised communication flow, this increases the ability for the talent to take initiative, to have improved self efficacy and to ensure the “legacy” of the team’s culture to flourish.
4. Killer instincts
Nuff said, this is so crucial in developing future sporting talents. As a sportsmen, without this natural killer instinct to be competitive, to win in my sport, I would not have the chance to win in races, to persevere through tough timelines of meeting competition standards. This differentiates a participant and a champion. Determining this as a precursor to talent development is essential to promulgate the success of winning.
5. Composure under pressure
Have you heard about this phrase “to choke under pressure?” Where was it derived from? It was derived from stereotypes formed to present the reasons someone chokes to their expectations of themselves. One example is the phenomenon of “stereotype threat.” This is when otherwise talented people don’t perform up to their abilities because they are worried about confirming popular cultural myths that contend, for instance, that boys and girls naturally perform differently in math or that a person’s race determines his or her test performance. It is interesting, according to Beilock Beilock’s book on, Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To describes research demonstrating that high-achieving people underperform when they are worried about confirming a stereotype about the racial group or gender to which they belong. (even so in kids) These worries deplete the working memory necessary for success. The perceptions take hold early in schooling and can be either reinforced or abolished by powerful role models.
Parents are the quickest way to understand how the child has been taught, developed through the formative years. Knowing in detail how parents shape their kid to learn, think, act is inherent. Many parents that are involved into the development of the child instead of the outcome that the child should pursue have contributed in ways exceeding to the cumulating response a kid has in excelling into the sport.
Initiative means actions, it means taking a risk. But it’s the only way you’re going to learn about yourself and your personal power. Once you start discovering your capabilities, you’ll want to keep going. Initiative creates opportunities and allows you to fuel your passion. In Talent spotting, finding individuals that take the initiative will grow your faith in imparting knowledge that it does not come back empty. Though at times, initiative taking needs a certain maturity level (ability to see the needs of others before self) this can be taught at the talent development stage for kids and youths.
Such as discipline, conduct are ways to spot the talent. Discipline is simply the ability to adhere and conform to the codes of ethics and behaviour and the ability and stamina to concentrate and focus on what you do which is a fundamental quality requirement to achieve success. Discipline lays the foundation for the rate of development a team experiences, as well as the pride of the coaches, administrators, players and fans feel for their team. In talent spotting, these are non-negotiables to groom and develop the next superstar.