The Role of a Coach

Roles of an Odyssey Coach

Facilitate a team without doing the work for the team. Stand back and watch while the team members make all the decisions regarding the problem solution
Interact with the team to improve the way the team identifies and solves problems
Make sure all team members are involved in the process of issue identification, idea generation, solution finding and solution presentation
Provide the impetus for the team to develop strategies, generate ideas, evaluate options or reach a decision. This is done in brainstorming sessions and the like
Encourage the team members to produce fresh ideas, to think “out-of-the-box,” to work cooperatively together, and to better communication among themselves
Provide a safe environment with no criticism of team members as they develop their solution
Stay well informed of all problem rules and program guidelines and pass the information on to the team members
Develop a timeline working backwards from the competition date, including holidays and school breaks, and make sure the team sticks to the timeline.

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