Psychological Preparation Review
I originally reached out to James for physical programming however was quickly drawn into his psychological preparation training as well. The whole operator concept is often preached and the importance of training mind is significantly more important than training body. Training the mind has often been an obscure and intangible concept to me, however James has sense changed my opinion and my knowledge of the subject.
James and myself utilized weekly 30 minute phone calls for 12 weeks to increase my understanding of different psychological concepts. Essentially changing the way I thought and perceived information. I was initially very skeptical about the idea, however I can honestly say I have a much deeper understanding and respect for training my mind just as much as my body.
Though 12 weeks isn’t that long of a period of time I can already see results in the way my mind perceives and absorbs information. I foresee myself continuing to work with James well into the future, and furthering my knowledge on the concepts included in psychological preparation.
Active Duty Special Operations Soldier
I recently had the pleasure of having 4 consultations with James via Skype. The topics of conversation varied, however, they were mostly pertaining to topics within his book, “The Governing Dynamics of Coaching”. I have been following James’s work for several years, so it was brilliant to be able to discuss his ideas and arguments with him personally.
Anyone who thinks that a consultation with James will be an hour of him spoon feeding you quick fixes is sorely mistaken. James encourages you to think, which at times, pushed me out of my comfort zone. This is not a complaint, as a matter of fact, this was what I enjoyed the most from our conversations. I found speaking with James challenging at times because his subject matter knowledge is so vast. Fortunately, James is a fantastic educator. He is patient and generous with his time as well as being very thoughtful when answering any questions put to him, regardless how remedial they may be.
I spoke with James about a broad number of topics. He is great company and the end of each consultation always came far too soon. Next time, I will ask more specific questions, and I would encourage any prospective clients to do the same. I could not recommend a series of consultations highly enough. Simply put, consulting with James has been the best investment I have made in my coaching education.
Na Fianna (Dublin)
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Working with James has been nothing short of refreshing. His knowledge and skill set, which allows him to navigate multiple domains, is unparalleled. The chasm that exists in sport is undeniable, and James has not only revealed where these breaches are prevalent, but has given us ample remedies. It is incumbent on us, as the architects of our athletes’ experience, to competently apply the unification of these principles. James is light years ahead of where sport culture needs to go in terms of advancement, and it would be wise for us all to listen and learn accordingly.
Major League Director of Peak Performance
James provided four quality consults that afforded me new knowledge in the psychological and tactical preparation subject matter. The information that was discussed began with objective elements which were then clarified through analogies to improve the understanding. I would recommend reading the book, The Governing Dynamics of Coaching, or delving into the subject matter through outside sources before retaining James otherwise a general overview will be needed which may waste valuable time during the consults. James’s vast knowledge in these critical areas will help any individual improve the alchemy of coaching.
1) “Working with James for a second cycle of coach education consulting has proved invaluable in advancing my understanding of the substrates of high performance sport. Completing multiple series’ of consulting allowed us to discuss each of the Governing Dynamics multiple times in successive detail; and just as with training or preparation, each time we revisit a concept we are able to develop a deeper knowledge and deeper understanding of the content to then re-integrate into the program. I would highly recommend that coaches and professionals working with James consider multiple rounds of consulting, as it will afford you the opportunity to advance yourself at an accelerated rate and create the potential for truly meaningful advancement. James’ depth of knowledge is immense and will likely not be captured in a single cycle of consulting work. Advancing yourself, your organization, and profession at a rapid rate is well worth the time and expense.”
2) “Hiring James as a consultant was the best investment of my coaching career. It has made an impact on my coach education that is unparalleled and has set me on a course to advance my knowledge and my athletes’ knowledge that will allow us to push forward in ways not yet seen, and hopefully advance the profession of sport while still in our lifetimes.”
3) “I am convinced that my coach education consulting with James’ helped propel me forward as a coach, and ultimately my team to a National Championship. Working with James through the Governing Dynamics and simultaneously implementing the concepts with my athletes yielded us increasingly positive results, culminating in the highest achievement available to us – a National Championship.”
4)“For any coach dedicated to honing their craft and pushing forward the profession of sport, it should be mandatory to work with someone like James. I have worked with James in multiple rounds of coach education consulting, and each time have been able to successfully implement additional aspects of the Governing Dynamics and achieve increasingly positive results. I am confident in saying that without my education garnered via working with James, I would not have been able to lead my team to its first National Championship title.”
- Brad Richard – Head Coach- Charlotte Rugby
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Governing Dynamics of Coaching Consulting
Beginning in 2018 I had come to a point in my education and career where I wanted to expand my knowledge. I felt a need to be pushed in areas that may not be strengths of mine and in the past I possibly felt were not needed for me to know or be successful. I spent many years looking for something or someone to provide this education and to be pushed accordingly. I looked into online Doctoral programs and never could find something that I felt covered a global view of sports. From people I trust James Smith’s new book was highly recommended. I purchased the book “The Governing Dynamics of Coaching” immediately following its release. I had read and viewed James material in the past, but this book was something much more. As I dove through it I was very impressed by the depth and variety of knowledge it provided. It provided a very global perspective for preparing athletes. It gave me perspective of other fields and how the structure that currently exist in these other fields could exist in sports. Naturally the book left me with even more questions and left me at a standstill. I spent 2017 debating how I could implement the information.
At the beginning of 2018 I made a decision to do a full Governing Dynamics consultation. I spent 8 weeks diving into all of the Governing Dynamics of Coaching with James. What I thought I knew and understood from reading the book was given much more context and practical application. The 8-week consultation gave me the knowledge of what could exist and the current dysfunction that exist in each area of sports. It gave me a new perspective of this information and that it was not for strength coaches, but for coaches and can be applied for any sport. I have worked in numerous sports throughout my career always looking from a Strength & Conditioning/Sports Science lens. Now I look from a coaching lens and now feel very comfortable applying it to any sport that I work within. As the book did, following the 8 weeks of consulting I still have more questions and am working on a way to layout my own education to continue to further my knowledge in each Governing Dynamic. This will be an endless process and to apply it and be successful in its application will be the biggest test! I understand that 8 weeks of consulting only will scratch the surface and further consulting will be needed. I will continue this process as there are deeper details I seek.
In the beginning I took time for me to be comfortable to let my guard down to what I do daily and offer criticism for all areas of sports and to criticize even the information James was giving me. Once I did I feel as if I am seeing much clearer and now see what could be possible in sports. As David Deutsch is quoted in the beginning of James book “The limiting factor is not resources, for they are plentiful, but knowledge, which is scarce” Every university and organization I have been a part of in my career has had plenty of resources to be successful, but what was missing was knowledge to allow for continued improvement of the athletes I worked with. James consulting has provided me a deeper knowledge of the Governing Dynamics of Coaching and now it is on me to apply it successfully.
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Culture begins with genetically transferred information at the level of our genes and traces back throughout our genetic ancestry.
§ Once born, it becomes a set of ideas that influence all thought and behavior.
§ Throughout life, it manifests as the collective of human intellectual achievement.
§ It is the bedrock from which every conceivable action emerges and must not be thought of merely as a set of ethical values that resides in posters on the walls of your building.
Psychology is the apex of performance constituents and either amplifies or restricts every thought, skill, and ability of management, coaches, and athletes.
§ Psychological stress is one of the most misunderstand facets of public consciousness.
§ It is not an unavoidable factor, it is, in fact, highly preventable; given the appropriate preparation.
§ Passion is the last quality you want in any coach or athlete as it represents volatility and unreliability in decision making and action
Knowledge does not derive from any set of experiences and thus renders time in the profession and any successes null and void.
§ It is not the experience itself, but the criticism, conjecture, testing, error correction, and creativity applied to that which is sensed that results in knowledge gained or created.
Technique is to tactics as grammar is to dialogue
§ Tactics are an aggregate of sensory processing, decision making, and action and same as dialogue, tactical execution is only as optimized as the mechanics of motion (technique) that substantiate it
§ The global conception of ‘sport practice’ is a misconstrued tip of an iceberg in that not only is it incorrect, it also represents a minute fraction of what is achievable (the ~90% of the iceberg’s mass under the water)
Sport Preparatory Engineering is the missing link in sport preparation
§ Coaching is currently an analog of:
o Building contractors working without a common blueprint; in which each sub-contractor is performing their work based upon their own blueprint
o An orchestra in which each section (strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion…) is performing a different composition
o A Hollywood movie in which each actor is renders lines from a different script
o Because sport coaches write their own ‘blueprint’, strength coaches write theirs, and rehabilitation specialists write theirs, each faction operating independent of the other. In musical terms this is referred to as cacophony (google it) and the only reason athlete/team results aren’t entirely disastrous, and sometimes even quite good, is because of the human adaptability that allows athletes to survive this glaring mismanagement of workload
§ Sport Preparatory Engineering represents the ‘engineer’ that you’re operating without, who has an exceptional understanding of rehabilitation, recovery/regeneration, technical/tactical and all derivative forms of preparations and is thusly qualified to engineer the single blueprint from which all contractors (coaches/specialists) operate.
Global Load Management is the future tradecraft skill of head sport coaching
§ This skill renders head coaches as qualified as general contractors, orchestral conductors, movie directors…who have an exceptional grasp of all of the domains in which they govern
§ What you have read here is an insight to “The Governing Dynamics of Coaching”
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