The difference between learning and teaching

Michael Hebron has for long been a pioneer in the golf industry. He was the man behind the first Teaching and Coaching Summit in the US and his work in changing his coaching from teaching (telling) to providing learning opportunities (discovering) has been ground breaking. Thanks to Steven Orr of the Scott Cranfield Academies some 40 coaches from all over the UK have had the chance to spend time with Michael this week. Yesterday was a pretty special day where the seminar with Michael went on between about 9 and 16 during the day. I guess in most professions people would have then gone back to their hotels, gone sightseeing or taken the opportunity to do some shopping while waiting for dinner and bedtime. Not golf professionals. Most participants stayed for a drink at the golf club which turned into a three hour discussion on coaching and the development of both golf and golfers. This was followed by rushing to the dinner place where a further four hour discussion took place. The topic? Well, you guessed it.

I might be very biased but I have a feeling that this is pretty unique and it makes me wonder where this thirst for knowledge comes from. Many of the coaches in golf would have had the same drive as players, wanting to be the best that they can be, and it may be that this drive just transfers into their coach role. Because it is certainly not financially driven or based on wanting to become ‘a big name’. It is about wanting to get better and somewhere down the road, being the very best that you can be. Most of us know though that this ambition will stay with us for as long as we are around and we will probably never get there. But as a source of motivation – it will do just fine! Perhaps something for the world’s financial institutions to look at…

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