In This Is How We Roll athlete, trainer and social worker Nadia Kyba brings you easy-to-understand social work concepts and tools that you can apply to transform your team to growth and performance. Full of stories and examples, this is your guide to the often difficult conversations required for true, lasting conflict resolution.
This Is How We Roll is a light, fun journey through the process of creating a unique team brand that will set your team apart in every practice, game and tournament. Both on and off the court, ice or field, witness your team transform through the conflict resolution method of champions.
About the Author
Nadia Kyba is a lifelong athlete with a deep love of sport. She believes a single positive experience in organized sport can be life changing for the young, the old and the in-between. Working in the field of alternate dispute resolution in the child welfare system for 22 years, Nadia has developed tried-and-tested techniques and unique methods of conflict management that can be effectively applied in coach-athlete-parent-trainer dynamics in all individual and team sports.
Nadia currently applies her skill as a trainer at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and other agencies where she trains social workers, and in sports leagues where she helps teams take advantage of differences rather than falling into the many traps of divisive behavior.
Nadia’s company, Now What Facilitation, assists athletic organizations in simplifying their work by developing their capacity to manage and resolve conflict. She focuses on essential policies, protocols, training and techniques for effective decision-making. Her clients have included provincial sport administrators and coaches, as well as athletic teams ranging from the high school to the collegiate level.
Nadia has also learned much from her husband, Jim, and daughters, Lucy and Abby, all of whom are multisport athletes and coaches. They have provided invaluable and up-close insight into the foundation of her approach to conflict resolution in sport.
As someone involved in organized sport, you know it isn’t all rosy, is it? As a coach, you have probably felt the burden of responsibility to manage complicated team conflict. You have known the importance of trying to ensure a rewarding experience. You know how important sports can be in someone’s life. You may have felt anxious and stuck, not knowing quite how to approach situations such as the fallout that can ensue from deciding on a starting lineup and managing playing time, and addressing interpersonal issues between teammates and fellow coaches. You may be worried about loss of athletes and other volunteers or being seen as incompetent and a poor decision maker. Perhaps you have experienced anger from parents who have felt that you have not given their child a fair shake. Some of your athletes may currently not be responsive to your leadership because they are distracted by ongoing, festering issues on the team. As the coach, you have the ability—and responsibility—to bring out the best in your athletes. With a little guidance on how to manage difficult situations with ease, you will be able to do so.