The 4 Types of Discipline
Posted by Kurt Earl in Public
Discipline: train (someone) to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.
Before we talk about the four types of discipline I’d like to take one minute to point out the biggest mistake culture coordinators make. The biggest mistake culture coordinators make is aiming for behavior modification not a change of heart. When you modify behavior and force people to conform or get punished you’re acting more like a dictator than a culture coordinator. Great cultures compel people to willingly choose the behaviors called for by your strategies for success. So, before you read any further recognize that the goal of a healthy discipline system is to change people’s hearts and minds not create a bulletproof series of rewards and consequences that forces people to act a certain way or quit the team.
Leaders that are merely focused on changing behavior rely way too heavily on carrots and sticks. They offer rewards for choosing the correct behaviors and punishments for choosing the wrong behaviors. I call this corrective discipline.
Corrective discipline has a time and a place, and I certainly use it, but great culture coordinators focus 99% of their time and energy on formative discipline and only use corrective discipline as a last resort. Great culture coordinators are constantly proactively teaching and training their players on “the why.” They diligently, patiently, and passionately explain the why behind every expectation and every strategy they use. Great culture coordinators are the perfect blend of motivational speaker and lawyer. They cast a vision and inspire people to join the cause while simultaneously presenting all the evidence for why their strategies for success will work.
Great culture coordinators are always on the lookout for naturally occurring consequential and circumstantial discipline to use as teachable moments. As a season progresses there will be countless times when the team or an individual reaps what they sowed (sometimes that’s a positive and sometimes it’s a negative) and when circumstances beyond the team’s control provide learning opportunities. The culture coordinator must identify these moments and use them as part of his formative discipline.
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