All in all, there’s a pretty simple string of commonalities between elite coaches. Their teams are fundamentally sound, they don’t beat themselves, and as coaches they are able to adapt to changing environment and circumstance.
Of course, if it was as easy at it sounds, every coach would do it. However, when you look at the body of work, the development of teams over time, you can look to see what a coach’s process is.
Wins and losses don’t always reflect this process, as there’s a bevy of factors that sway the outcomes of winning and losing. Ultimately the only thing a coach can do is prepare his or her team to the best of their ability, and judgment of a coach should be based on the quality of that preparedness over time.
And that process will give a good indication of whether or not a coach will bring the best out in their team or consistently fall short.
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