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Doug Wilson: Coaching For Mastery

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Positive Coaching Alliance is proud to have worked with Liberty Mutual Insurance to create this podcast and other powerful resources.

This podcast series features Positive Coaching Alliance staff interviewing prominent former athletes, coaches and general managers. Each episode, these influential stars share insights from their own sports careers. Listen in as they talk about filling emotional tanks, bouncing back from mistakes, staying motivated through long seasons to continually give 100% effort, and how they translated their sports experience to invaluable life lessons.

In this episode, Jim talks about the principle of coaching for mastery with Doug Wilson, former NHL hockey player and current general manager of the NHL San Jose Sharks. You’ll hear Jim and Doug discuss how parents and coaches can encourage youth athletes to focus on three main principles – effort, learning and bouncing back from mistakes – the “ELM Tree of Mastery.” Here's where you'll find Doug talking about featured topics:

  • Mistakes- 1:35
  • Specialization- 17:15
  • Parent/Coach Conflict- 22:00

Jim Thompson (@JimThompson18) is the founder and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission of helping to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience. PCA served as the experts behind the Liberty Mutual Play Positive™ program.

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