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Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In Paperback – March 8, 2017
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- Conscious Coaching offers insight into a truly valuable leadership model in which compelling authority runs thin but influence and interpersonal skills are paramount. I've known Brett for over decade and his professionalism, expertise, and leadership make him the perfect person to write this book. - Rob Bollinger / Colonel / U.S. Army, Special Forces
- Brett has given me the best years of my football career. Athletes want a coach that not only makes them better physically, but also one that understands our world and communicates in a real way- Brett does that. For me it's about the combination of smart training and good communication, and what I love and most of all is he is not just my coach, he is my friend. I'll be working with him until my career is over. - Patrick Chung / Two-time Super Bowl Champion / Safety - New England Patriots
- Brett Bartholomew is one of the leaders of our profession today. He understands that the strength & conditioning industry is part 'art' and part 'science'. We live in a world today where we have many internet 'gurus' that get the science, understand the physiology and biomechanics. However, the defining element of 'coaching' lies in a coach's ability to interact with an athlete or group of athletes -- understand where they are at, and how to motivate and move a group of athletes forward. Brett's book will give you some insight into the 'art' of how to do this. Creating the environment to teach, motivate, and inspire is a 'must' in today's modern coaching world. Anyone that has seen Brett coach live, or otherwise, sees his passion and energy immediately. Young coaches starting their journey into this profession (or anyone who's been in for years) would do well to soak up the experiences and learn the applied side of coaching. I can't recommend Brett's book enough. It delves into essence of what separates the good coaches from the great coaches. - Dave Tenney / High Performance Director / Seattle Sounders FC
- This book is the human performance equivalent to the Jim Collins classic "Good to Great." -Art Horne / Head Athletic Trainer of the Atlanta Hawks
- In this highly diluted industry, rife with negativity, internet experts and gimmicky frauds, Brett is a beacon of positivity, professionalism and authenticity. Coach John Wooden stated, "A coach has not taught until the athlete has learned." 'Coach as a teacher' is a role that Brett expertly fulfills, and I am proud to call him my friend. - Stu McMillan / Performance Director and Lead Sprint Coach ALTIS
- Our profession gets caught up in the "numbers" of coaching. Numbers don't have personalities or lives. Conscious Coaching exposes us to how an elite level coach thinks and performs! Devour it! - Bob Alejo / Assistant Athletics Director/Director of Strength and Conditioning / North Carolina State University
- Conscious Coaching is a must read for those just entering the strength and conditioning profession, or simply seeking to become a better coach. Brett takes you on a journey of his pinnacles and pitfalls while weaving in relevant and real-world lessons applicable to modern-day coaching. This book leverages insights on management, leadership, learning, and social behavior from a number of prominent books and research studies. With this information, Brett creates a wonderful narrative specific to improving the performance of others while also improving one's self. - Brandon Marcello, PhD / High-Performance Strategist
- I wish this book was out when I was an up and coming coach - the information that it provides often takes years of experience to work out for yourself. Brett does a phenomenal job of taking the science of coaching and showing you how it underpins the so called 'art of coaching'. Every coach should understand these concepts. - Lachlan Wilmot / Senior Athletic Performance Specialist - Strength & Power
About the Author
Brett Bartholomew is a strength and conditioning coach, consultant, and founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, Bartholomew Strength. His experience includes working with collegiate teams, professional teams, and individual clients. Taken together, Brett has coached a diverse range of athletes from across 23 sports at levels ranging from youths to Olympians. He’s supported Super Bowl and World Series Champions, along with several professional fighters, including those competing in the UFC. He has also worked with members of the United States Special Forces community. His coaching and speaking has spanned the globe, from China to Brazil and numerous other stops in between. As an entrepreneur, Brett has proudly served as a teammate and supporting partner in the strategic growth of two separate performance companies and is a highly sought-after consultant and mentor for many others across the United States and abroad. Additionally, his work and expertise has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets. Brett is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) where he holds both their CSCS*D & RSCC*D distinctions. He is a proud graduate of Kansas State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he obtained a Master of Science in Education in exercise science with an emphasis on motor behavior, cueing, and attentional focus in human performance.
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What Brett has compiled is what I see as the epitome of the convergence of reflection and experience. As a young coach and clinician myself I have strived for years to prove to people that experience doesn't matter, that what I do and what I know are more important. Brett understands the role knowledge and the details play but he explains how context and the coach-athlete relationship supersedes that at times and compliments it at others. His ability to derive lessons from other coaches, athletes, and his own self-reflection is something that I truly admire in a professional who has been in the field over time. His ability to be concise with the lessons and provide it to us in actionable ways is something that I admire even more. This book will not only serve as a great read for myself but will be required for future coaches and students at my facility. It is that good. Context is king and Brett brings that to light in a way that provides insight and thought-provoking language. I would highly encourage anyone, even if outside the field of athletics/performance/movement etc. to utilize this as a way to look at relationships.
Here are a few quotes that really struck me (the underlying principles w/in them are pure gold):
"I need to meet them where they are so we can work together to achieve their goals. Simply telling someone what to do hardly ever yields positive long-term results."
"We may never see the finished product, but we are part of building something much greater and more significant than ourselves."
"When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier."
Know your values, meet them where they are, build relationships first, then programs, and always remember you are working for something bigger than yourself.