In a culture that often values skill over kindness, Coach Reed Maltbie’s coaching philosophy is heartening, refreshing and transferable to everyone. Please don’t be fooled into believing you have to be an athlete to get these important lessons. Rather than controlling his players with harsh words and fear, Reed is passionate about cultivating healthy communication and empowering his players with encouraging feedback. He knows something that a lot of the people at the “top of their game” will someday realize when their skills start to fade: relationships are the most important thing in life, rather than winning at all costs.
So it’s worth asking ourselves the question: Are we extending kindness in our relationships, or viewing people just as an end to our means?
Throughout his coaching career of over 20 years, Reed has worked to develop confidence in his players. Reed’s coaching philosophies have extended beyond the soccer field as he helps train parents and coaches alike on how to implement healthy communication in competitive environments. Reed is the Executive Director of STAR Soccer Club in Cincinnati, and he is also a Ted Talk alumni. We hope you will join us for this week’s episode to hear how Reed’s story shows us that:
- Valuing personhood over performance builds confidence in your team on and off the field.
- We will be remembered not only for the work we did, but for the generosity we extended to others
- Non-verbal communication is just as important as the words we speak
- Kindness and respect build long-term relationships, which is the best business strategy of all