Being a coach

Your role as coach

Your role is to help the members of your team develop the skills and competencies they need to compete in the Tournament. Onecoach may be responsible for several teams from the same university.

Why become a coach?

Becoming a coach gives you an opportunity to pass on your expertise, to prepare students for the job market and to promote the training delivered by your university.

Becoming a coach is also a way to:

  • contribute to the development of outstanding future HR and IR professionals;
  • validate your teaching and enhance your university’s reputation by competing with universities from the four corners of Quebec;
  • move beyond the borders of academia and get in closer touch with the actual practice of the profession;
  • enjoy a stimulating and rewarding experience.

Before the Tournament ‒ Preparation

  • Determine how the team will work together.
  • Create conditions that promote collaboration and cooperation between the team members (respect, trust, transparency, etc.).
  • Analyze the skills and competencies to be acquired and the Tournament’s objectives.
  • Encourage your team through positive reinforcement.
  • Link your coaching to the Tournament’s objectives.
  • Clearly communicate your expectations and set realistic team goals.
  • Prepare activities to promote the acquisition of skills and knowledge targeted.
  • Determine your team’s strategy (the intervention model and teampresentation).
  • Hold “rehearsals”; review past cases and ask team members to make group presentations, solve the cases on paper andprepare PowerPoint presentations in compliance with the Tournament requirements.
  • Afterwards, provide feedback indicating what should be retained, changed or added to the team’s strategy, plus elements to be avoided and why.

During the Tournament – support, mobilization and integrity

  • Be confident and positive.
  • Manage your team’s emotions and stress.
  • Remind them of the logistical details to make sure they don’t forget anything (preparation time, number of pages to write, etc.).
  • Remind them how important it is to enjoy participating in the Tournament.
  • Gauge the pressure you put on your team to win, no matter what the results. This will be one of your biggest challenges during the Tournament.
  • Although the students will have access to their network and a number of sources of information, we're relying on you to make sure they prepare and complete the cases on their own.

After the Tournament ‒ Feedback

  • Evaluate what’s been learned (sense of teamwork, time and stress management, communication skills, etc.).
  • Recognize the effort made and the results obtained (compare your team’s early preparationwith its actual performance during the Tournament).
  • Provide feedback (once again, it’s important to highlight what was learned from participating in the Tournament from a personal, academic and professional perspective).
  • Manage your team’s intensity and emotional reactions because they can sometimes be tremendously disappointed.
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