Lessons From Officiating (1)

Part of what I decided to do this fall was to help out with an officiating shortage and  officiate volleyball.

The other night I worked with a veteran official who works more college volleyball than high school but was working that night.   He also had been a college volleyball coach for a number of years.

We talked during and after the match and he helped make me better at officiating.  The way he did it was a good lesson for all of us.

Here is how he did it:

1) He asked if he could share some pointers.  I thought that was really thoughtful.  He didn’t push them on me. 

I have experienced the other way too where someone just offers their opinion uninvited and it can lead to a negative experience.

2) He shared in a kind way with compliments. 
He found some positives and then offered some areas to improve on after that.

3) He shared his knowledge. 
He obviously had experience and extensive knowledge with the game of volleyball and shared it with me.

I had already worked with an official this season who had more knowledge than me but didn’t share any of it.  Another lesson perhaps for another day.

This positive lesson happened though because I believe number one and two were done before number three.

I hope this helps you in some small way as you continue to lead and live with those around you.  It did me.

I’m cheering for you.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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