” date=”1243927200″]I just listened to this (podcast #2) and it is excellent. I highly recommend it. I think even critics of Carl will find this podcast very thought provoking and also more palatable than some of his highly controversial blog postings.
Thanks for the feedback.
I agree! I did not think Carl was controversial and actually presented things in a well constructed manner. We wanted to have Carl on because we both admired the fact that he has a different opinion than other coaches out there and we recognize the importance of seeing things from a variety of angles.
When I present stuff to people, I am always thinking in my head “Is what I am saying being said in an unbiased manner?” Often times, people get so attached to their PET ideas, that when someone challenges those ideas or thought processes, they get extremely upset (even offended). Cognitive dissonance is okay and in fact, I would go so far as to say it is important, as it keeps us searching for more meaning and asking more questions.
Carl’s interview gave his perspective on working with athletes and challenged some of the currently popular ideas and I think that is great. How can anyone fault you for asking more questions? Carl didn’t say anyone was “wrong” in the podcast, in fact, I thought he was pretty humble. He phrased things in a way that suggested, “This is what people are doing. But, maybe we should think about this as well.” He thanked coaches who have influenced him along the way and he offered to talk to anyone interested in his methodologies via email stating, “I am not a guru. I am just a guy who has a love for this stuff and I am constantly trying to better myself.” You really can’t ask for more than that. I enjoyed the interview and the passion that Carl brings to the table, even if his ideas are thought to be radical or controversial by many.