Sports & Business: The Importance of Coaching – Part 2

Aug06

KarenLoomis hurdles 1978As I mentioned in the first post of the series, Sports & Business: Know the Rules of the Game, I have played sports my entire life, and during all of those years my coaches have ranged from superb to good to okay to really bad. I suppose much of my early years coaches were a reflection of the 70's, the very beginning of Title IX.

As a Title IX beneficiary I had the "same" opportunities as the boys to play sports in school. But, that's where the comparison of equality stopped. Mostly from elementary school to my sophomore year of high school girls sports were coached by those who volunteered or were volunteered. These coaches had nothing that qualified them to be a coach of anything, much less coaching girls…a trial in its self. I had two great high school coaches back in those days who were qualified, not just on the X's & O's, but on how to really motivate, make you believe in yourself and the training regime set in front of you. Coaches who do not motivate you to do the training or conditioning have lost before the game has even begun, and  this is true even in business where the stakes are higher.

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Sports & Business: Know the Rules of the Game – Part 1

Jul22

Karen Loomis Early Years Basketball PhotoI've played sports my entire life starting with recess on the playground to organized sports K-12 to intercollegiate volleyball. During my college years and thereafter, I had an 18 year career in the  fitness industry. Oh, and let's not forget the "way too old to still be playing leagues". Every game I've played, every practice I've endured (with all sorts of coaches), every teammate I've had, and every student I've inspired to practice a fit life has prepared me for the business world.

These sports and fitness governing truths I've learned have been applied to running my own business (on my 2nd business) to working for small and large corporate businesses. I'm going to share these truths with you in an ongoing series of blog posts, because there are so many truths and principles sports can teach or prepare you for the business world.

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