This week’s focus: I’ve been attending an FA course on youth soccer coaching. In addition to a mix of students and other grassroots coaches, there are three ex-professional players, one of whom played regularly in the Premier League.

It can be tempting to think that, once you’ve reached the top of your profession, you have nothing left to learn. Or you may feel that it would be a sign of weakness if you were seen to need or want to invest in developing your core skills.

All the ex-professionals, however, have come to this course with an open mind and a willingness to learn. They are able to share their experience and perspectives, but – critically – they are also learning.

What have you specifically done to develop your core skills over the past six months, and what are your plans to do so in the rest of 2013?

Off The Record: Hang On To Your Ego by The Beach Boys

I know so many people who think they can do it alone

They isolate their heads

And stay in their safety zone

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