Coaching Axiom #8--Specific is always better.


July 20, 2011

Over the next few weeks on the CoachNet blog, we're going to look at simple axioms that make for more effective coaching. Here's the next in our series of coaching axioms. For the next few weeks, we'll be walking through some of the best, short statements that apply to coaches and coaching.

Axiom #8--Specific is always better.
When developing action plans, specific is always a better option than vague.  In one recent coach training event, a participant described a TV show that was following an archery school.  Student after student worked on hitting the bullseye, with varying results.  Then the instructor told one archer not to aim at the entire bullseye, but rather to focus on the very center of the center circle in the bullseye.  Immediately the student archer got more accurate--dramatically more accurate!

Goals and action plans work the same way.  With a wide target, anywhere in the general area is basically acceptable.  With precision focus, precision results are much more likely, if for no other reason than you're taking a significant chunk of the potential results off the table by focusing more closely.  Even if you have the very same margin of error, a smaller focus means a tighter pattern of results.

The process of choosing your focused target means that you identify the most important leverage points and aim squarely at the most important one.   It's the fast track to better results.


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