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If we are only learn by following instructions we are likely to learn to fear mistakes.

If we fear mistakes we can learn to not do anything unless we are 100% sure it is correct and that we can do it. Anything less is failure. Anyone less is a failure. It is stressful, exhausting, and harmful way to live. It stops us exploring our potential.

It's also dangerous. We don't learn how to deal with mistakes. When things go wrong, we can make things worse.

@ LifeSkills21.club we use sports to give everyone, all abilities, all ages, from beginners to pro's an experience of the opportunities of being a little less perfect. A real-time, in the moment experience of learning through trial and error to make a moment of it going wrong ... a moment of success.

This helps everyone to reduce their fear of failure. To see that mistakes are opportunities to learn what we didn't know we could do. 

 

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We are agile thinkers when we can think on our feet to turn a moment of struggle to a moment of success

Coach Jon Thorne
Playing sports to coach agile thinking
Founder of LifeSkills21.club

 

"Most of us want to avoid things going wrong. It's why most of us put most of our energy into making things go to plan. And less effort into improving our ability to handle the moments it goes wrong.

But things go wrong. It is a truth of life.

We all struggle at times. Nothing always goes to plan.

This is where we come in. We use sports to help players practice for the moments it goes wrong. To think on their feet to turn a moment of struggle to a moment of success. To trust their struggle. To go with their struggle. To see where it takes them and not be scared of things not going to plan"

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"EVERYONE HAS A PLAN TILL IT GOES WRONG"

Our events have coaches who use a quicker bite-size version of the trial-and-error learning process used by many elite sports coaches. They break a sport down into bite-size actions that end with a pause point. Coaches coach players to use these pause points to learn moment-to-moment. To think and act in an agile way. In the moment it goes wrong, players think on their feet to build their own unplanned sequences of bite-size actions to create a moment of success. Players turn a moment of struggle to a moment of success.

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“At first glance we look like sports coaches but our sessions feel very different. Our coaching CV is all agile thinking. A sports coach's CV, say a basketball coaching CV is about what teams they coach.

Our goal is good agile thinking. The sport is a means to an end. The end is better agile thinking. The quality of play is less important to us.

A basketball coach wants good quality basketball. Agile thinking is their means to their end. The quality of agile thinking is less important to them.

I would expect a good basketball coach to get their players playing basketball to a higher level than I could. I would expect to get the same players to a higher level of agile thinking than a good basketball coach could.

A technically good basketball coach and a technically good player will achieve higher performance if they are better at thinking in an agile way. We can come in. Lift agile thinking and leave.”

 
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"When we are over coached, over taught, over managed we tend to become good at following instructions 

We tend to over plan, over control, and over stress. We tend to under perform when things don't go to plan


It is a truth of life. Things go wrong.

We all struggle. Nothing always goes to plan"

Coach Jon Thorne
Playing sports to coach agile thinking
Founder of LifeSkills21.club

 
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PLEASE NOTE

WE ARE EMPLOYED AS AGILE COACHES. NOT SPORT COACHES. WE MIGHT LOOK THE SAME, BUT WE PLAY TO COACH AGILE THINKING. WE ARE LESS TECHNICALLY FOCUSSED. OUR SESSIONS FEEL VERY DIFFERENT.

 

"Our world is full of ever more ways to coach us, teach us, manage us giving us less space to grow life skills to make our own effective, connected, micro-decisions. When we make poor micro-decisions we are often subject to more coaching, more teaching, more managing. This lowers our performance and it will fail because no one has enough control to make everything always go to plan.

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"Our world is full of ever more ways to coach us, teach us, manage us. This is stopping us from growing life skills to make our own effective, connected, micro-decisions. The resulting poor micro-decisions are often used to justify more coaching, more teaching, more managing.


This lowers our performance. It is harming us. Killing us even. We are not meant to be this controlled. It will also fail because no one has enough control to make everything always go to plan.


We provide an alternative to more coaching, more teaching, more managing. We help everyone grow life skills to make effective, connected, micro-decisions"

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"As well as our own events we run agile thinking programs for schools, the workplace, and sports clubs.

We play games to coach agile thinking.


Our goal is play sport to coach players to become effective, connected, micro-decision makers. To think on their feet - to turn a moment of struggle to a moment of success.

We give schools more agile students. Employers more agile employees. Sports coaches more agile players. 

The agile are far better at not over planning, not over controlling, and not over stressing. They are far better at performing. Far better at finding a way to make things work when they go wrong.

 
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WE OPERATE UNDER OUR "BE KIND" RULE

The opposite of agile thinking is to operate on the premise that not getting it wrong equals getting it right. To think that if we can eliminate all mistakes we will get everyone performing at their best. BUT, the absence of mistakes doesn't equal the presence of success. It never has.

Our "be kind" rule means we give ourselves and others room to perfect what we know works AND room to stand back to use our intuition and empathy to respond to the dynamic, evolving, living, changing interconnections between individual players that none of us perfectly understand or control.


Our "be kind" rule means we can be both technical AND intuitive. Practical and empathic. See the detail AND the bigger picture. We give ourselves room to think in an agile way.

 
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WORKSHOP ON HOW TO AVOID BEING
ANTI-AGILE

Anti-agile is the belief that no mistakes equals getting it right. If all mistakes can be eliminated everyone will perform to their best.


The opposite of anti-agile is NOT all mistakes are allowed. To be agile is to perfect what we know works AND stand back to use our intuition and empathy to respond to the dynamic, evolving, living, changing interconnections between individual players that none of us perfectly understand or control. It is to be both technical AND intuitive. Practical and empathic. To process detail AND the bigger picture.

Given similar athletic abilities an agile team will beat an anti-agile team any day of the week.

 

THE AGILE SPECTRUM

Anti-agile is the belief that no mistakes equals getting it right. If all mistakes can be eliminated everyone will perform to their best.


The opposite of anti-agile is NOT all mistakes are allowed.


The opposite of anti-agile is to perfect what we know works AND stand back to use our intuition and empathy to respond to the dynamic, evolving, living, changing interconnections between individual players that none of us perfectly understand or control. It is to be both technical AND intuitive. Practical and empathic. To process detail AND the bigger picture.

 
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"Most of us want to avoid things going wrong. It's why most of us put most of our energy into making things go to plan. A common response to things going wrong is to increase our control over events and people. Taken to the extreme the ultimate project manager tracks and traces all tasks. They control who does what tasks, when and to what quality. Avoiding mistakes equals getting it right. 

Agile project management is about working flexibly within a plan. Agile project managers accept that mistakes happen and nobody can or should ever have absolute control over everything and everyone. Nothing always goes to plan. Things will always go wrong. It is a truth of life. We all struggle at times. Our struggles often lead to better.


An Agile project manager has a plan, and within that plan they help people to flex what they do. They help people make their own effective, connected, micro-decisions. To be good at think on their feet to turn something going wrong into a success. It works because it is how life works. Complex projects are delivered on time and on budget"

 
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APPLY AGILE THINKING SKILLS DEVELOPED MANAGING COMPLEX TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS TO THE WORLD OF SPORT

BY JON THORNE

Agile coach operating in the world of sports 
Founder of LifeSkills21.club