Amy Hogue – Seniors taking initiative; know your job, do your job

Lahnee Pavlovich
Head of Research and Writing

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As a Coach, when an athlete shows initiative and takes ownership of team culture, it’s a big deal.

Culture is a measure of the observable behaviors your team and organization promotes and accepts. Ultimately, culture is best defined as ‘the way we do things around here’ or ‘the way we behave around here’. Culture is not what you think, or want to do, it is what you actually do.

Too often, coaches feel as though they are the ones driving team culture and putting in the effort to create and maintain a great team culture. And while it’s important for accountability and organization to start at the top, it’s just as important for the team to drive the continuity of standards.

According to Amy Hogue, Head Coach of the University of Utah’s Softball team, the Utah Utes, winning games shouldn’t be a team’s number one priority, culture should.

Amy Hogue

“Create a culture you are proud of and then find a way to compete to win games,” Amy said.

“Keeping those things in order are so difficult but I believe it’s worth it.”

And her philosophy has obviously rubbed off on her Seniors, because they have recently taken the next step in ownership and implemented a system of accountability to ensure a successful team culture.

After one of the team consultations with Bo Hanson from Athlete Assessments, the Seniors asked their Coach to purchase journals for each of them and every week consistently, they wrote what their role was, both on a Technical and Non-Technical level.

They discussed how they were going to be the best player they could be as individuals, and how they could be the best player for the team that week. After each game, the players would also critique themselves on how they did in fulfilling their roles.

Athlete Assessments’ Bo Hanson said role clarity was a fundamental aspect of successful teams.

“It’s important for teams to articulate their Technical and Non-Technical roles and for each member to actually assess those roles and to what degree they are personally contributing their strengths to the betterment of the team,” Bo said.

Amy Hogue

“Being able to measure behavior is absolutely possible (after all, it is observable) and it is this measurement which allows us to see how we are improving and adding value to the team.

“Every successful team has a culture of accountability and this was a team that truly understood that and rose to the challenge.”

Being the best player for your team means maximizing the individual’s performance and maximizing the performance of the team as a whole.

“Two significant mistakes teams make is 1. lack of role suitability, and 2. overstepping roles. To be successful each player needs to know their job and do their job,” Bo said.

“The Utes understood this and came up with accountability mechanisms to ensure they were disciplined in knowing their roles and doing their roles.

“It is easy to be accountable and consistent a few times, but to maintain it over the season is rare so this was a great example of understanding, valuing and embedding role accountability into their team culture.”

Through doing this, the Utes had their very best season.

“They were consistent and disciplined about maintaining a top standard and they were successful because of it,” Bo said.

Amy Hogue

If you enjoyed this article, you can read more about Amy Hogue in her Q&A with Athlete Assessments.

At Athlete Assessments, we’re here to provide you with excellence in service and to help you be your best. If there is anything we can assist you with, please Contact Us.

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Bo Hanson

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Bo Hanson’s career within the sport and the business sector spans over 25 years, delivering leadership, management, and coach development. In addition to his own athletic career comprising of four Olympic appearances and including three Olympic medals, Bo has worked for many years with coaches and athletes from over 40 different sports across the globe. Bo was also the winner of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) 2023 Award for L&D Professional of the Year, for his dedication to L&D and transformational work across various industries.

After a successful career in sport including four Olympics and three Olympic Medals, Bo co-founded and developed Athlete Assessments in 2007. Bo now focuses on working with clients to achieve their own success on and off ‘the field’, and has attained an unmatched track-record in doing exactly this.

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