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[tennisbiz] Re: Dealing with bad attitudes

From: Joe Dinoffer <>
Date: Thu 19 Apr 2001 07:38:08 -0500

<x-charset Windows-1252>Re: Attitudes, here is a concise suggestion on a HUGE topic and sometimes
equally huge challenge. This is an option to "cleaning house."

Call a meeting and have all the players participate in preparing a list of
attitudes that are positive and a list of those that are undesirable for
both tennis and life. Write them down. Get consensus and agreement.

Then, discuss the benefits of being in a positive proactive team
environment. Write them down along with consensus and agreement.

Then, get consensus if that is what the majority would like for both
themselves in tennis and life.

Then, ask how to achieve it. Steer them towards the real life fact that
without consequences behaviors do not change. Cross a busy street without
looking? The consequence for a child is dreadful. Drink water in Mexico that
is not bottled (if you are not from Mexico), and you may get sick.

Then let them know clearly that you want to be in a more positive
environment and welcome all of the others who want it to join you. Have them
give it some thought and decide for themselves. You can then take a break in
your meeting. Hand out a sheet and have them sign it IF they want to
continue in a more positive environment in your program.

Then, after the break, continue your meeting and together list consequences
for those who want to stay in the program, but who do not cooperate.

Then, have everyone who wants to stay in the program sign off on the written
lists you have made. After that, all you need to do is follow the rules they
have designed and be consistent.

Hope this helps and is not too simplistic and redundant for what you already
know. Also keep in mind that this type of thing cannot be too complicated.

Best regards,

Joe Dinoffer
Oncourt Offcourt, Inc.
5427 Philip Ave.
Dallas, TX 75223 USA
Tel: 214-823-3078
Fax: 214-823-3082

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Received on Thu Apr 19 2001 - 08:58:08 CDT

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