A while back I wrote the post Would you prefer great players or a great situation? It was motivated by a question I received at the time. The thrust of it was that I’d personally rather be in a good situation than having great players in a bad situation. I asked readers to think about their own perspective on that question.

Well, some years later, Patrick Daniels saw the post and decided to share his thoughts in a post of his own. The line, “I firmly believe that prioritizing the creation of a great situation is the superior approach,” captures his thoughts. While there is overlap with my own post, Patrick goes further. In particular, he specifically talks about how to create a good situation. It’s an interesting exploration of the subject. Definitely worth a quick read. It ties in with what I wrote about in What drives coaching success? and the posts linked from there.

There’s definitely a control factor, however. Certain situations allow a coach more potential to influence things around them. Others do not. Coaching at the professional level tends to be the latter.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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