performance development systems

3 decades of development; identifying the 'intangibles' that influence performance, engagement & learning 

Real world strategies that impact the performance of teams & organisations which go beyond the common surface level concepts and theories

What is PDS & how can it impact on Performance & Culture?

Here is an interview that was recorded by Cleveland Indians discussing my collaboration with them.

It turned out to be a great conversation sharing what PDS actually is & who it is for.

I also talk about the critical elements that support both coaches & athletes through the

‘transition of change’ which ensures the new principles are embedded. 

This can be applied to any sport at any level

There are two key elements within the Performance Development Systems (PDS) –

  1. DEVELOPING BETTER INFLUENCERS -Training, coaching & mentoring ‘influencers’ to increase their ability to maximise the behaviours & performance of the individuals & teams they are working with

  2. SUPPORTING CHANGE - Provide effective support, structures & principles to positively impact people ‘change’ in order to embed the newly acquired skills, competencies & behaviours

Either of these delivered in separation will not truly impact any team or organisation. Technical & tactical training is important, but if a coach/manager struggles to influence some individuals & teams to consistently make effective decisions, execute them with quality & intensity within competition environments; those individuals & teams will always under perform.

Even if the training is of high quality in providing information on how to increase individuals & teams behaviours, learning & performance. The chance of someone being able to go away & embed the new learning into their own situations; to be able to adjust their own behaviours to embed new ones is very slim. Most people will regress back to their pre training habits within a few weeks. This is why having a robust support intervention to help organisations, teams & individuals through the ‘transition of change’ is not only critical; it ensures you receive a tangible return on your investment.

We know that the coaches & managers have a huge influence on cultures, environments & performance. PDS increases coaches & managers ability to influence teams & individuals within these environments.

“Knowing how to coach is easy; there are plenty of people who can talk great coaching. But to get to a level where you are living it day in day out takes a true desire to pursue excellence, self-awareness, discipline, unbiased effective support & an environment where being vulnerable isn’t seen as a weakness; its embraced as a strength”

PDS  'Need centred' approach

  • Increased athlete engagement

  • Athletes self-managing & effectively supporting/challenging peers without common conflict issues

  • Athletes become more effective in relevant & meaningful dialogue with peers & coaches

  • Athletes become effective at accepting feedback from peers & coaches

  • Athletes ‘scanning’ live, making effective choices & committing to them under varied pressure

  • Athletes Self reviewing & concluding live; adapting where required

  • Increasing effectiveness working with mixed ability groups

  • Increased players long term learning with understanding

  • Auditory evidence of learning & decision making competencies within varied pressures

  • Ongoing coach support

  • Robust scalable coaching principles & support systems to sustain & embed effective cultures


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