Bergner, R.M. / Published 1998 / Article
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Citation: Bergner, R.M. (1998). Coaching and motivation. In H.J. Jeffrey and R.M. Bergner, (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 7 (pp. 301-320). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
Abstract: This chapter addresses a critical question confronting all coaches: "What can I do to maximize the likelihood that my players will acquire a personal commitment to excellence?" Rejecting the notion that one could somehow "put" a motive into a player that was not already there, the chapter adopts a position arising out of Peter Ossorio's therapeutic policies: To motivate players, one must appeal to what already matters to them. Thus, the general recommendation advanced is that coaches strive to create team communities where the satisfaction of many preexisting, vital human motivations is available to team members who commit themselves to becoming the most excellent individual and team players that they are capable of becoming. Motivations discussed include those for recognition, for belongingness, for love, for personal excellence, for the opportunity to display this excellence before admiring others, and for the chance to make a meaningful contribution to a cause.