I used to call this a “stop and chat”, but apparently there’s an actual name for this management technique called Management By Walking Around, or MBWA.
What is it exactly?
- Stop and talk to players face to face.
- Get a sense how things are going.
- Listen to what is on player’s minds.
Years ago, I worked with a track coach who said it was his goal to talk to each athlete every day…even if only for a few moments. Connecting with our athletes is a win-win. We feel good about where our team’s mindset is and the players feel that we care.
If you do it correctly, you’ve been MBWAing all season, so the team won’t be startled when you stop and chat with them. This strategy will pay dividends when and if something big happens within the team that you need to get to the bottom of or you’ve got an important game and you need to be able to have a convo without it being a big deal.
If you want to read more about Management By Walking Around, check out this article. Investing our precious time into our players will reap benefits down the line.