Coaches crave three things that truly do not universally exist in the world of human performance: control, predictability & respect.

Much has been made in recent years about decision making. Specifically, people reference the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.

Both are legends, and considered pioneers in their own right, as they should be for their contributions.

My brief take here is not about them, nor is it in any manner aimed at discrediting their work, for me to try to do that would not only be disingenuous, but also silly considering all their research has taught me.

This prose is aimed at a different audience, those who believe that self-doubt has no place in the world of effective…


Our initial impressions of one another is only a scaffolding, not an absolute. Don’t expect “quick” answers to the puzzle of human behavior.

The message was both clear and humbling just weeks into the book’s release, people were infatuated with the archetypes.

“Can you create a manual that tells me and my staff how to best coach each archetype?”

“Do the archetypes apply to parents, co-workers, colleagues and sport coaches?”

“Can you create a standardized questionnaire that helps us better define the types of people we are working with?”

All of these questions are rational responses, and are often well-intentioned, but they are also WAY off the mark!

One thing that I mention not only in my book, but in my subsequent online…


Last week I received a question from a coach who recently found themselves in a position where they were now in charge of coaching larger groups (20+) than they ever have been before. They were confident, but also concerned stating that they often found themselves rushing their words, slipping up in their cues, and rushing back and forth to make sure nobody went un-coached in some capacity. …


It’s Hard to Improve If You Don’t Evaluate HOW You Coach, the Same Way You Evaluate WHAT You Coach.

From a coaching standpoint, it’s critical to understand that the terms “learning” and “performance” are NOT synonymous. Learning is a relatively permanent change in the ability to execute a motor skill across various contexts as a result of deliberate practice or experience, while performance is simple the act of executing a skill in general.

When working to develop a certain skill with an athlete or group of athletes the discerning practitioner needs to ask themselves the following questions:

  • What criteria must a task meet if it is to be truly classified as a skill?
  • How can you as the coach…


True Craftsmanship Requires a Balanced and Broader Perspective

There has been a long favorite story of mine about the Wright Brothers.

Essentially, the story revolves around the early experiments the notoriously inquisitive and mechanically inclined Wright Brothers and focuses specifically on the problem solving processes they went through while designing their earliest prototypes of what would eventually be the first man-made, self-piloted “aircraft.”

Despite their incredible skill as technicians, and their previous innovative successes, the brothers continued to hit countless roadblocks as it it pertained to being able to keep their prototypes airborne long enough for them to get a true feel for their designs or to test…


In the “age of the expert” in which we currently reside, it is not uncommon to witness some coaches acting as if they have all of the answers and that if a training session goes poorly then the athlete is to blame.

Few things could be further from the truth. Regardless of what the internet would like you to believe, coaching mistakes happen all of the time and are part of the process. And though this seems like common knowledge, the “highlight reel” nature of social media often has a way of making us forget and feel like there is…


11 Tips for Building Bridges the Right Way

The climate of strength and conditioning is changing. Fewer jobs and fewer opportunities require stronger networks to plant more seeds for growth.

Some version of the cycle occurs every day. There are coaches being fired, coaches switching jobs, coaches looking for jobs, coaches having to take massive pay-cuts and other coaches who have decided either to strike out on their own, or even quit being a strength coach altogether due to the vocational drought that has plagued our field for far too long. What’s perhaps even more alarming? …


Needlessly Restricting Your Own Creativity Blocks Roads to Future Progress

Whenever I begin to think about writing I often fall into the trap of feeling as if everything I share has to “move the needle.”

Over time, I’ve learned that this is one of the greatest forms of what legendary author Steven Pressfield calls “the resistance.” Throughout his writing, Pressfield describes “resistance” in a myriad of ways, but the gist is that resistance is representative of all forms of inertia which stop creativity (and productivity) in their tracks prior to an idea even being hatched.

Resistance is what makes us procrastinate. It’s what makes us avoid putting our butts into…


Coaching is teaching. And one’s level of effectiveness in teaching is not evaluated solely by what they (the instructor) knows, but rather by what their students understand.

Successful behavioral interventions are anchored via successful social interactions. Seems simple enough, right? Wrong. While the mantra may be straightforward, the reality is that communication and human behavior is a complex subject. If this were NOT the case, we wouldn’t have researchers in the space of behavioral economics and/or psychology who are awarded the Nobel Prize. …


Linking the seemingly interconnected is one of the keys to enhancing creativity

Impactful ideas that create lasting change are not cultivated linearly.

For as much as people often tout the benefits of being hyper-focused on a singular project at a time, the truth is that it takes a cross-pollination of influences and experiences to spark the perfect balance between ideation and application.

What do I mean by this? Stated simply, stay curious.

There is a reason that we are often the most freely creative when we are children-no I’m not going to get into topics related to neurophysiology or developmental anatomy here- what I am speaking to is the simple fact that…

Brett Bartholomew

Performance Coach, Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker http://amzn.to/2AUTqlH

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store