Coaches come in all shapes and sizes. But one thing all good coaches have in common is that they know the game. In any sport, as coach sees a play unfold they are able to diagnose why it did or didn’t work. They can look at a player’s performance and tell how it can be improved. Because of this analytical skill they are able to give feedback and guidance that is truly on target and helpful.
Effective MoveSMART® coaches have the same kind of analytical ability. They can see a task and spot which MoveSMART techniques can be applied to do it more safely and effectively.
One way to do this is to think the task through using the 4-part Plan For Personal Control:
1. How the worker could shield him or herself: Setting the work up; getting into the Green Zone; using tools and PPE.
2. What techniques might make the task easier or safer: SmartHands; Line of Power; Mental Super Glue.
3. What re-energizers could be used to reduce stresses for repetitive or demanding tasks.
4. What early warning signs should the worker be alert to and what response actions would be appropriate.
This is a 1-2-3-4 linear approach to analysis. Some coaches may have a more intuitive sense of analysis. Whichever works is fine. Being a good analyzer makes coaching more practical and focused.
You probably won’t want to hit every point of what you’ve analyze when talking to someone. That would be overload. Pick one or two key ideas to focus on. When possible, tease the analysis and application from the coachee so the discovery is his or hers. Whichever approach you use, analysis helps drive your focus.