The Journey from Competent to Innovator: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Enhance High Performance Coaching


The three of us combine decades of experience in the sport coaching field, first as athletes who have been coached, then as coaches, coach educators and coaching scientists. Increasingly we have been asked to act as consultants to guide sport organisations in the development of their coaches. In the high-performance coaching context, a shift from a ‘fixing problems’ approach to a ‘flourishing’ approach cannot happen without guidance.


Author: Pierre Trudel

Dr Pierre Trudel is a Professor in the School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Canada. Pierre has published over 100 articles, and is a consultant for many sport organisations, developing programs and supervising coaches. He is the chair of the International Council for Coaching Excellence’s research committee. Contact:

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Author: François Rodrigue

François Rodrigue is completing a PhD at the University of Ottawa in Human Kinetics, examining the development of high-performance coaches from a human learning perspective. Passionate about coaching due to his American football career, he founded a high-performance training centre in 2012. Contact:

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Author: Wade Gilbert

Dr. Wade Gilbert is an award-winning professor in the Kinesiology Department at California State University, Fresno, California. Gilbert has more than 20 years of conducting applied research and consulting with coaches at all levels. Widely published, he is currently editor-in-chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal. Contact:

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