I come across many people that call themselves ‘coaches’.

I come across ‘coaches’ that certainly ‘talk the talk’ but have no real experience to back that up.

And here’s my dilemma:

Should I take such coaches seriously?

Can one become a coach by knowing the domain (as opposed to ‘doing’ in the domain)?

Am I just too damn closed minded?

Think about it!

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  1. I’d be asking about the theory behind their knowledge. Coaching is much like project management that way.

    If you want to reference check people I do know a few legit peeps in town.

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  2. The winners of the American football Super Bowl are awarded what is called the Lombardi trophy. It is named for a man who never played professional football and whose college career as an offensive lineman was undistinguished. But Vince Lombardi was undeniably the greatest football coach of his generation.

    Coaching ain’t playing. Coaching is about observing, offering feedback, and setting standards for performance.

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    • Interesting observation Dave. My ‘experience’ with sporting coaches comes from domains such as Basketball, Soccer and Australian Rules Football – in all of these, at least to the best of my knowledge, coaches would typically be ex players themselves.

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