Solving a TOUGH Problem in Sport

The book GRIT made it onto many coaches reading lists over the summer (including ours) and there has been significant media coverage on the topic too. The interest is well founded as more than ever before, Coaches are unanimous in saying that their athletes are lacking resilience, they aren’t as ‘tough’ as their teams in [...]

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Strategies for Athlete Accountability in Sport

Accountability in sport is doing what you say you’re going to do and executing the task to the best of your ability. Then being able to put your hand up and say ‘this is what I need to do better’ if you don’t get it right. Being accountable is not making excuses, not blaming others [...]

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Being the Best Player for the Team

By Lahnee Pavlovich, Head of Research and Writing, Athlete Assessments Athletes and coaches understand the importance of each individual player performing at their personal best and to striving to be the best player they can be. But what does it mean to be the “best player for the team”? During preparation for the 2004 Olympics, Athlete [...]

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How to Break a Losing Streak

By Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Senior Coaching Consultant As a coach, nothing is more demoralizing than a losing streak that just won't break. While we do our absolute best to avoid losing streaks, performance slumps, or even the prospect of our team underachieving it doesn't mean we can avoid the topic, it's too important. [...]

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Reflections on 2015 and Lessons for Elite Sport in 2016

By Bo Hanson 4x Olympian and International Coaching Consultant  There is something about the transition from the end of November to early December. It’s not just that festive times are ahead. It becomes a time to take stock, be proud of what's been accomplished, identify what we can improve on and make plans to achieve [...]

Create the Right Sports Team Culture: 10 Critical Factors

By Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian, 3x Olympic Medalist and Director of Athlete Assessments Culture is being discussed in sporting circles now more than ever. Why? Because it is a significant performance factor. If you have the “right” culture, your team is more likely to achieve sustainable success – not always winning, but always being in the hunt. If you have the “wrong” culture, your chances of any success, even fleeting success are almost zero. So how do you create the right sports team culture? In this article we discuss 10 Factors that Define Successful Sports Team Cultures. […]

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ONE Element

The best teams know their one element... do you? By Bo Hanson 4x Olympian and International Coaching Consultant  With Athlete Assessments we have now worked with over 22,000 individuals from over 40 different sports. This work has given me a unique vantage point to see the recurring patterns or themes that create success. When I see [...]

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The Circle of Safety in Sport

By Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant.  At Athlete Assessments, when we work with clients one of the really critical models we refer to is the Circle of Safety. This article will describe what we mean by a Circle of Safety, why it is integral to creating a successful team and also analyse how different styles of coaching can contribute to creating a safe and secure environment for their athletes. […]

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DISC Team Culture for Sport

What Coaches need to know about their Team's Culture By Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and International Coaching Consultant  In previous articles, we discussed at length why a productive Team Culture is vital for sports teams. But how do you actually know what kind of culture exists in your sports team? In this article we discuss the four [...]

Why a Sports Team’s Culture Matters

Culture is a buzz word in sport. Coaches often attribute their success or failure on this ambiguous word. But at the crux of it why should you care about your sports team's culture? The short answer is, while some sport team's cultures can create sustained success, others will only deliver success in the short term, if [...]