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September 27, 2016

Wow what a summer of sport! I haven't been able to sleep properly because the the orgy of human excellence that has been on the TV until late at night. The stories, the drama, the passion. Just amazing...

And the Olympics was just the starter. The Paralympics came shortly after...that's when we really got to see the triumph of human dedication, persever...

June 3, 2016

 

I like to think of my back garden is a lab in which I conduct experiments in skill acquisition...

 

My experimental methods are backyard games...

 

My children are the lab rats!

 

So here is a story about my latest experiment...

 

My little boy Evan is 8 years old and he is mad about cricket. He's not fussed about watching it (he doesn't know who Alistair Coo...

May 22, 2016

Vlog time again...

 

I needed to have a bit of a rant after some of the exchanges I have had with various people in the past few months. 

 

I needed to explain in more detail why I am so against the use of drills in coaching. I just think that it is lazy coaching and it is a coaching methodology that needs to die out from our sporting landscape. 

 

Anyway I...

April 19, 2016

Scott Barry Kaufman is one of my favorite scientists! Not only does he host the fascinating 'The Psychology Podcast' weekly where he talks to leading people in the world of psychological science but he also founded and edits one of my favorite blogs, 'The Creativity Post' as well as being the author of several books including my bedside ever present 'T...

April 4, 2016

I was blessed with a loud voice and I like to talk...(no kidding I hear many of you cry!)

 

Not surprisingly, I could also be a very loud coach... a loud coach that spoke a lot! 

 

I used to use my voice as a major tool in my coaching toolbox. I would provide a lot of feedback to players in an effort to create a high energy, motivational climate. I would f...

February 26, 2016

This amazing story from ESPN's E:60 is one of the best things I have ever seen, it literally brought me to tears! 

 

Not only is the story genuinely inspiring there are also some messages in here for talent developers that are worthy of mention.

  • Another example of how an athlete overcoming adversity and the traumatic experience of being diagnosed with...

January 19, 2016

Every now and again I come across something that captivates me and leaves me wanting to know more...

 

I was first introduced to Complexity Theory and the work of Professor Dave Snowden by Al Smith at www.myfastestmile.com when we were delivering a seminar together in South Africa. At the time I remember that Al had a group of coaches wrestling with the...

December 12, 2015

In a previous post I talked about implicit learning...can you remember what that is? Yes! Great what a diligent type you are! 

 

Let me just check...I have a couple of questions...

 

Q. In the post, how do I define implicit learning? 

 

No, no...don't just read on...stop, think, can you remember? Resist the temptation to click on the link above. Really...

December 7, 2015

This week I am doing a 'Vlog' (which is a Video Blog apparently!) because I am finding it hard to find the time to share my thoughts through writing.  

I was part of the team that ran a 'Future Player' conference this weekend at Twickenham. We had some fascinating talks and workshops that really got the cogs whirring. 

In this video I talk...

November 14, 2015

I was reading this great article from Ash Smith over at www.superhumanperformance.org which was all about how kids developing amazing abilities by challenging each other and trying to outdo the last trick or skill they have performed. 

 

It took me back to my childhood when I used to invent games with my brother and freinds to play in the park or th...

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