Too many coaches manifest an overweening rationality.
Have you seen the type?
Many would-be leaders, including coaches, are one-trick ponies. The only trick they have for coaching is to clothe an idea in a thin tissue of “reason”, then use it to beat every nearby person about the head, neck, and shoulders. The saddest ones even do it to themselves.
Here’s the thing: There are many and complex ways for one person to influence another person’s behavior. An overweening rationality is one of the weakest. If you really want to be a great coach, you’ll investigate and experiment with them all.
Rational Bullies Are Still Bullies
Being right is not guaranteed by being rational. Further, even if you are right from time to time, being right doesn’t — shouldn’t — automagically make the people around you follow your lead. This is not philosophy, here: there are sound reasons why humans don’t jump to a rationalist’s every tune.
If being “rationally right” is the only thing you got going for you, give it up.
That’s all for today.
Oh, weekend homework: think of a *specific* geek you can help with a *specific* approach other than “logic is my handgun”.