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April 4, 2017

In this week's post I explore the concept of 'comfort' and argue that young people being too comfortable in high quality facilities can actually work against the development of talent. As parents, coaches or talent developers we often want to make things better for the youngsters in our care and the instinct is to make things easier for them.

The hard a...

March 31, 2017

Here is my latest Vlog in the 7 part series looking at the biggest mistakes and traps that people can fall into when helping young people develop their potential.

This one centres on our desire to correct mistakes which robs the young person of the learning opportunity that is created by the error and also creates a motivational climate that encourages...

February 9, 2016

*not really!


OK so I might have slightly over reached here...but there are some very interesting recommendations being proposed in this paper  which has some really strong challenges for the talent development community.


The paper presents a consensus position based on a 'meta-analysis' of the available research into talent development in sport th...

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...

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