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Fraser Talk: The Good Wolf Underline 17 May, 2011
As Fiji Rugby builds up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup join Flying Fijians assistant coach Shannon Fraser as he gives a regular insight into team preparations.
Out of sight below our skin and deep within our core live the wolves of perspective. One, a being that feeds on pessimistic, unconstructive and negative messages while the other, the good wolf, dines on optimistic, constructive and encouraging stimulus. The constant battle between these beasts to control our thoughts create a struggle for perspective, and ultimately the one who is fed the most will prevail.

I was recently asked a question about the priorities when providing performance feedback and while for me honesty is the number one, I also strongly believe in a thick flavor of positivity. It is very easy to look for the negative, the inaccurate, the errors or the failures in a performance and simply highlight these BUT to provide encouragement and direction at a time when imperfection is obvious I believe will have a better outcome for improvement.

This is not to ignore the obvious and to glaze over consistent errors or inaccuracies but to address these with the wrapping of positivity. The player must be able to take encouragement and direction from the feedback session along with a precise understanding on the areas that require improvement. It is always nice to hear about the things you do well, so that must remain a focus when evaluating one’s performance, on and off the field.

Positive thinking is a very powerful tool. It is the foundation for confidence, assurance and self-belief and therefore highly important in the establishment of winning teams. It is however naïve to believe that positivity will germinate in an environment that harbors negativity and focuses only on the ‘glass half-empty’ perspective. It is for this reason that performance feedback, especially from less than desirable results must remain positive in delivery to ensure we keep the good wolf well fed. 

Shannon is happy to field any comments you may have for him by emailing him at Shannon@fijirugby.net.

View earlier articles from Shannon: 

Fraser Talk: Unshackled


Fraser Talk: Sunny Skies up North 

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