2 Things Business Leaders Can Learn from Coaches

By |2019-08-12T16:44:03+00:00August 12th, 2019|Executive, Executive Search, High Growth, Leadership|

1. Simplify

Small wins create momentum; it doesn’t matter what the task is. As a coach, you tell your players to focus only on the next play in the game or the next drill in practice. You build confidence from winning a single play that creates a snowball effect on the overall game. The game of football is a complicated sport if you look at it as a whole. By having different positions focused on specific tasks, every play removes this complexity, while keeping everyone on the field, reaching toward the same desired goal.

In business, simplification drives results. At the start of the year or quarter, you lay out your annual and quarterly goals for the team. As a leader, it’s critical to focus on how to break down these components to help your team focus on the plays (steps) to reach these goals. Setting micro-goals and delegating will create small wins and enthusiasm to hit the next objective.


2. High Challenge – High Support Atmosphere

As a coach, you are going to push your players to help them reach their goals. As you continue to push them, you can expect to see three different behaviors that athletes do. 1) Work harder and improve their game. 2) Do enough to get by. Or 3) Stop working, and their performance begins to decline. You have to be able to know your players on a personal level. Understand what motivates them and what does not. You can’t coach every athlete the same; if you look at the great coaches, they can be high-challenge but also high-support to let their athlete know that they care more for them off the field.  

The same mindset translates to business. As a leader, how well do you know your employees? You are spending more than 40 hours a week with them, do you know what they enjoy doing outside of work, or understand their motivations? By getting to know your employees on a personal level, you learn when and how to push them (high-challenge) but also have them know that you have their back and genuinely care for them and their personal goals (high-support).

The term coach and boss are given, but the word leader is earned. By simplifying goals and creating an atmosphere that balances high support with high-challenge, you will begin to see a transformation in your employees and the results of which the team can all be proud.

Every person has a story, and every story has an impact. I strongly believe that every person has an impact in this world, I love any opportunity to be able to hear about someone’s world from their eyes.

Ever since I was young, everything I did was revolved around sports from Football to Soccer to Wrestling-any sport I could play I did. Sports will always be a part of my life. After graduating, I stayed in athletics to become a college football coach, coaching Running Backs and Wide Receivers at Olivet Nazarene University in Chicago, IL. While coaching and pursuing my MBA, I found a passion for marketing. From creating graphics, recruiting student-athletes, and running our program’s social media platforms, I discovered that marketing gives a voice to a team or organization to share their story.

At Y Scouts, I am in a position where I get to communicate with leaders every day, hear their stories, and help them connect to organizations where they can make a positive impact in their lives and the lives of those they serve. 


Tyler Fridley

Passionate advocate for Multi-Sport Athletes; Loves listening to podcasts from Business to Sports; Is a Football Junkie!... whether it’s coaching, playing, or talking strategy. Loves everything about the game!; Always looking for a new adventure and something new to try; Life Motto: “Be the person God intended you to be” - No one is made as a copy of someone else. Live your life, not under other people’s expectations. Create your own path.