WELCOME TO ST ALBANS LIONS KEEP-FIT BASKETBALL CLUB

Happy Basketball Player
 
Basketball Net

ABOUT US


We develop the mental agility to adapt when things don't go our way to find a better way

We lift our performance beyond executing a plan

We lift our mental health beyond just coping with the pressure to be being perfect, task focused, individual

We learn new skills in an adapting agile culture supported by mental agility coaches

 

WELCOME TO ST ALBANS LIONS BASKETBALL CLUB

Happy Basketball Player
 
Image by Randalyn Hill

OUR ONE RULE IS "BE KIND"

“BE KIND” MEANS EVERYONE GIVES THEMSELVES AND OTHERS SPACE TO TRY DIFFERENT WAYS. IT MEANS EVERYONE TRY'S TO AVOID BLAMING THEMSELVES AND OTHERS IF DIFFERENT WAYS DON’T WORK


A LACK OF BLAME MAKES IT EASIER FOR EVERYONE TO QUICKLY ACCEPT THEY HAVE MADE A MISTAKE... MAKING IT QUICKER FOR EVERYONE TO ADAPT TO AVOID THE MISTAKE HAPPENING AGAIN. IT MEANS WE ALL ADAPT TO FIND WAYS THAT WORK TO VARYING DEGREES FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. A “BE KIND” RULE MEANS WE ALL TALK, LISTEN AND ADAPT WITHOUT BLAME


IT MEANS IT IS AN ACT OF UNKINDNESS FOR ANY OF US TO MAKE OTHERS FEEL WRONG IF THEY INCORRECTLY FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. IT MEANS LEADERS AVOID TELLING OTHERS OFF FOR NOT DOING AS THEY SAY. INSTEAD, LEADERS HELP OTHERS REFLECT TO SEE THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS NOT WORKING, AND SUGGEST DIFFERENT WAYS TO TRY

A “BE KIND” RULE MEANS IT IS WRONG TO SAY THERE IS ONLY ONE RIGHT WAY. ANYONE WHO TRIES TO ESTABLISH ONE RIGHT WAY, WILL EVENTUALLY BE ASKED TO LEAVE. OUR "BE KIND" RULE MEANS THERE ARE ALWAYS OTHER WAYS... WE JUST NEED TO ADAPT TO FIND THEM AND THEN SELECT A BETTER WAY

 
Friendly Hug

WELCOME TO ST ALBANS LIONS KEEP-FIT BASKETBALL CLUB

 
Image by Jeffrey F Lin

OUR "BE KIND" RULE MAKES US INCLUSIVE AND OPEN

WE HAVE ONE RULE... "BE KIND"


OUR "BE KIND" RULE MEANS EVERYONE IS GIVEN SPACE TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES WITH ONLY A ROUGH IDEA OF WHERE THEY ARE GOING AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN. IT MEANS NOBODY BLAMES THEMSELVES OR OTHERS WHEN THINGS DON’T GO AS THEY EXPECT... WE ALL GET ON WITH THE JOB OF ADAPTING TO FIND A BETTER WAY


EVERYONE ADAPTS TO WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING TO FIND DIFFERENT ADAPTATIONS, COMBINATIONS, AND VARIATIONS IN CO-ORDINATE MOMENTS OF SPONTANEITY, SELF EXPRESSION AND COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION, CONFIDENT THAT IF REQUIRED WE CAN DO THE EXTRAORDINARY


OUR "BE KIND" RULE MEANS EVERYONE GIVES OTHERS SPACE TO DEVELOP THE GOOD JUDGEMENT ON WHEN TO REFLECT AND SPOT WHEN SOMETHING IS NOT WORKING AND STOP DOING IT. SPACE TO TRY DIFFERENT WAYS TO FIND A BETTER WAY. SPACE TO PERFECT WHAT WORKS FOR AS LONG AS IT WORKS

“Be kind” means everyone gives themselves and others space to try different ways. It means everyone try's to avoid blaming themselves and others if different ways don’t work


A lack of blame makes it easier for everyone to quickly accept they have made a mistake... making it quicker for everyone to adapt to avoid the mistake happening again. It means we all adapt to find ways that work to varying degrees for everyone involved. A “be kind” rule means we all talk, listen and adapt without blame


It means it is an act of unkindness for any of us to make others feel wrong if they incorrectly follow their instructions. It means leaders avoid telling others off for not doing as they say. Instead, leaders help others reflect to see that what they are doing is not working, and suggest different ways to try

Our “be kind” rule means it is wrong to say there is only one right way. Anyone who tries to establish one right way, will eventually be asked to leave. Our "be kind" rule means there are always other ways... we just need to adapt to find them and then select a better way

 

WE PLAY FOR FUN, FITNESS AND KINDNESS


We adapt when things don't go our way to find a better way. We are not trying to become perfected, play making, error free players. We try different ways to add to the best version of ourselves


We learn new skills in an adapting agile culture supported by mental agility coaches

We are run by LifeSkills21.club who implement adapting agile cultures

Happy Basketball Player
 
Image by Jeffrey F Lin





WE PLAY IN AN ADAPTING AGILE CULTURE

WE LEARN NEW SKILLS BY ADAPTING WHEN THINGS DON'T GO OUR WAY TO FIND A BETTER WAY

We are run by LifeSkills21.club who implement adapting agile cultures

 

WELCOME TO ST ALBANS LIONS COMMUNITY KEEP-FIT BASKETBALL CLUB

 
Image by paul wallez

WE PLAY IN AN ADAPTING AGILE CULTURE

WHILE PLAYING IN A “GET IT RIGHT” CULTURE GIVES US COMFORT THAT WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING BY REMOVING THE POSSIBILITY THAT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS... IT ALSO LIMITS OUR OPTIONS TO GET BETTER. WE LIFT OUR POTENTIAL BEYOND DOING THE RIGHT THING CORRECTLY BY LEARNING NEW SKILLS IN AN ADAPTING AGILE CULTURE SUPPORTED BY A MENTAL AGILITY COACH

 
Image by paul wallez

IF OUR ONLY GOAL IS GETTING THINGS RIGHT, WE REMOVE THE POSSIBILITY OF THERE BEING OTHER WAYS. WE LIMIT OUR OWN POTENTIAL TO A PERFECTED, TASK FOCUSSED INDIVIDUAL WHO FEARS, MISTAKES AND ONLY DOES WHAT THEY KNOW WORKS


WE WANT TO "REWILD" COMMUNITY SPORT BY RUNNING SESSIONS WHERE PLAYERS OF ALL ABILITIES TRY THINGS THAT THEY DON’T KNOW WILL WORK. ACT WITHOUT HAVING ALL THE SOLUTIONS. ADAPT WHEN THINGS DON’T GO THEIR WAY TO FIND A BETTER WAY


WHAT WILL EMERGE?


WE DON’T KNOW


BUT WE WILL LIFT OUR POTENTIAL BEYOND TELLING EACH OTHER OFF FOR MISTAKES TO PEOPLE WHO ADAPT TO FIND SUSTAINABLE WAYS TO LIVE TOGETHER ON OUR AMAZING PLANET

 

HOW DOES A MENTAL AGILITY COACH IMPACT THE MENTAL HEALTH OF PLAYERS?

By helping players see there are always other ways ... which helps them see they can do more than just cope

 

HOW DOES A MENTAL AGILITY COACH LIFT PERFORMANCE?

By helping the team move beyond their ability to execute a plan error free

 
Image by paul wallez

WE ARE AN ESCAPE FROM A “GET IT RIGHT” CULTURE WHERE WE ONLY ACT WHEN WE HAVE ALL THE SOLUTIONS. ONLY ACT WHEN WE KNOW IT WILL WORK


WE DEVELOP NEW SKILLS IN AN ADAPTING AGILE CULTURE


OUR MENTAL AGILITY COACHES COACH EVERYONE TO SPEND LESS TIME THINKING ABOUT WHEN TO ACT AND MORE TIME ACTING WITHOUT KNOWING IF IT WILL WORK AND THEN ADAPTING TO FIND A BETTER WAY


WHAT WILL EMERGE?


WE DON’T KNOW


BUT WE WILL LIFT OUR POTENTIAL BEYOND TELLING EACH OTHER OFF FOR MISTAKES TO PEOPLE WHO ADAPT TO FIND SUSTAINABLE WAYS TO LIVE TOGETHER ON OUR AMAZING PLANET

 
Image by Tim Mossholder

OUR "BE KIND" RULE

TO HAVE A RIGHT WAY OF THERE ALWAYS BEING OTHER WAYS


TO GIVE OURSELVES AND OTHERS SPACE TO IMPROVE WITH ONLY A ROUGH IDEA OF WHERE THEY ARE GOING AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN

TO GIVE OURSELVES AND OTHERS SPACE TO FIND OTHER WAYS BY TRYING SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T KNOW WILL WORK AND WHEN IT DOESN'T WORK ADAPT TO FIND A BETTER WAY

TO ADAPT TO FIND DIFFERENT ADAPTATIONS, COMBINATIONS, AND VARIATIONS IN CO-ORDINATE MOMENTS OF SPONTANEITY, SELF EXPRESSION AND COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION TO DO SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY


TO GIVE OURSELVES AND OTHERS SPACE TO DEVELOP THE GOOD JUDGEMENT ON WHEN TO REFLECT AND SPOT WHEN SOMETHING IS NOT WORKING AND STOP DOING IT. SPACE TO TRY DIFFERENT WAYS TO FIND A BETTER WAY. SPACE TO PERFECT WHAT WORKS FOR AS LONG AS IT WORKS

COME PLAY WITH US

 
Image by Dan Gold

WE PLAY FOR FUN, FITNESS AND KINDNESS

 
Image by Markus Spiske

WE PLAY KIND


KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE OURSELVES AND OTHERS SPACE TO IMPROVE WITH ONLY A ROUGH IDEA OF WHERE WE ARE GOING AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN

KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE OURSELVES AND OTHERS SPACE TO FIND OTHER WAYS BY TRYING SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T KNOW WILL WORK AND WHEN IT DOESN'T WORK ADAPT TO FIND A BETTER WAY

TO ADAPT TO FIND DIFFERENT ADAPTATIONS, COMBINATIONS, AND VARIATIONS IN CO-ORDINATE MOMENTS OF SPONTANEITY, SELF EXPRESSION AND COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION TO DO SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY


KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE OURSELVES AND OTHERS SPACE TO DEVELOP THE GOOD JUDGEMENT ON WHEN TO REFLECT AND SPOT WHEN SOMETHING IS NOT WORKING AND STOP DOING IT. SPACE TO TRY DIFFERENT WAYS TO FIND A BETTER WAY. SPACE TO PERFECT WHAT WORKS FOR AS LONG AS IT WORKS

WHICH MEANS OUR RIGHT WAY IS THAT THERE ARE ALWAYS OTHER WAYS... AND THOSE OTHER WAYS CAN BE DIFFERENT FOR EACH OF US

 
Image by Tim Mossholder



WE PLAY SMART


SMART ENOUGH TO SPOT WHEN A NEED TO GET IT "RIGHT" STOPS US TRYING DIFFERENT WAYS TO FIND A BETTER WAY


SMART ENOUGH TO DRAW MOTIVATION FROM KNOWING THAT NOBODY KNOWS THE RIGHT WAY. THERE ARE ALWAYS OTHER WAYS


SMART ENOUGH TO FIND OTHER WAYS BY TRYING SOMETHING THAT WE DON’T KNOW WILL WORK AND WHEN IT DOESN’T WORK ADAPT TO FIND A BETTER WAY

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRADITIONAL COACH AND A MENTAL AGILITY COACH?

A basketball playing mental agility helps players learn by adapting to their own and their teammates strengths and weaknesses. They encourage learning by failure. And don't expect players to always follow their instructions or execute their plans

 

WE ARE RUN BY LIFESKILLS21.CLUB

 
Image by paul wallez

WE PLAY FOR FUN, FITNESS AND KINDNESS


ALL ABILITIES, ALL AGES, ALL WAYS OF THINKING AND LEARNING ARE WELCOME TO COME ALONG WHENEVER THEY WANT AND AS MUCH AS THEY WANT

EVERYONE DISCOVERS THINGS THEY DIDN'T KNOW THEY COULD DO


BY TRYING THINGS THEY ARE NOT SURE WILL WORK AND WHEN THEY DON'T WORK, ADAPT TO FIND A BETTER WAY

WE HAVE ONE RULE. BE KIND. WE LET EACH OTHER MAKE MISTAKES

WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES. EVERYONE DEVELOPS THEIR OWN WAYS TO GROW AS PLAYERS

Top level players tend to grow their ability to see games as puzzles that they solve by finding different adaptations, combinations, and variations in coordinate moments of spontaneity, self expression and collective improvisation with team mates. Younger and older players tend to adapt to their changing bodies to keep growing themselves as basketball players. Everyone has fun as they enjoy discovering things they didn't know they could do.

Our coaches are all certified by Hosking Associates (hosking-associates.com), a leading health and safety practice, to have the good judgement to coach others to safely try ways they don't know will work.

 
Image by paul wallez

WE PLAY FOR FUN, FITNESS AND KINDNESS


ALL ABILITIES, ALL AGES, ALL WAYS OF THINKING AND LEARNING ARE WELCOME TO COME ALONG WHENEVER THEY WANT AND AS MUCH AS THEY WANT

WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MAKING MISTAKES


OUR COACHES ENCOURAGE US TO TRY THINGS WE ARE NOT SURE WILL WORK

TO DISCOVER WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW WE COULD DO

TO PRACTICE WHAT WE DISCOVER AND GET BACK TO TRYING THINGS WE ARE NOT SURE WILL WORK

WE GROW OURSELVES AS BASKETBALL PLAYERS

Top level players tend to grow their ability to see games as puzzles that they solve by finding different adaptations, combinations, and variations in coordinated moments of spontaneity, self expression and collective improvisation with team mates. Younger and older players tend to adapt to their changing bodies to keep growing themselves as basketball players. Everyone has fun as they enjoy discovering things they didn't know they could do.

Our coaches are all certified by Hosking Associates (hosking-associates.com), a leading health and safety practice, to have the good judgement to coach others to safely try ways they don't know will work.

 

OUR SESSIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL PLAYERS FROM ALL CLUBS

If players only practice to reduce mistakes they can develop a tendency to only do what they know they can do perfectly and when things don't go perfectly to plan they can often give up. They can become "fragile perfect".

By club players attending our sessions as well as their club sessions they get more play time and avoid becoming "fragile perfect" by growing their ability to think in a flexible way. They play to reduce mistakes and play where mistakes help players discover what they didn't know they could do.

High School Basketball Team
 

OUR SESSIONS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE

 
Custom Jersey Design

DO YOU ENTER LEAGUE TEAMS?

Our goal is to help all players think in a flexible way to enjoy unplanned, unpredictable jumps in performance. We provide a playing environment that encourages players to try things they know will not work and when they don't work adapt to find a better way and see where it takes them. We have found that if we have a goal to win a league, players and coaches naturally focus on doing what works to win. They tend not to try ways they know will not work to find jumps in performance. So we have stopped entering leagues and instead provide a different playing environment for players from all clubs and no clubs to find jumps in performance that once perfected are used to help their club teams win their leagues. All players from other clubs are welcome. All players from no clubs are welcome. All should experience jumps in performance as they try things they know don't work for them and when they don’t work they adapt to find a better way.

WHAT IS YOUR INCLUSION POLICY?

Our coaches will never ask anyone to leave because they make too many mistakes. We are not based on there being a "right" way to play basketball. Or a "right" way to behave or act. We ask everyone to be kind to themselves and others. When things go wrong, we keep adapting until we find a way that works to varying degrees for everyone involved

WHAT IS YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY?

All our coaches have to prove they manage safety of players trying things they know will not work with https://www.hosking-associates.com/  a pioneering health and safety consultancy

WHAT IS YOUR SAFEGUARDING POLICY?

Our coach has a current DBS, a current basketball first aid certificate and has completed Sport Englands safeguarding course. Our focus on mental agility also means our coach encourages players, of all ages, to always say “no” to him and others without any consequences, unless it impacts our health and safety policy and our inclusion policy.

HOW DO YOU HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH?

As well as the benefits of keeping fit we remove the stress that many feel from not being able to play basketball in the correct way. We remove the fear of failing by not having a right way to play. We encourage all players to find ways to improve by trying things they know will not work and when they don't work adapt to find a better way and we see where it takes us. Players become more flexible thinkers by playing smart, kind and safe.

 

WE REBEL AGAINST THE CONVENTION

Basketball Player in Action

THE CONVENTION IS TO PRACTICE TO REDUCE MISTAKES

The convention is for players to get into the best team by demonstrating they can execute a coaches drills, sequences, routines with as few mistakes as possible. 

The convention is for a team to compete by disrupting the other teams way of playing while being as error free as possible as they execute their own teams plans.

It is common that when a player makes too many mistakes they often blame and can give up thinking they are not good enough.

Happy Basketball Player

WE PLAY TO DISCOVER WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW WE COULD DO

We worry less about mistakes as we try things we are not sure will work to discover what we didn't know we could do.


We solve the puzzle of the moment by taking an action, getting a result (good or bad), thinking on their feet and using the result to adapt to find another action. We build unplanned sequences of actions, results, adaptations for each specific situation they face. 

The fundamental actions of basketball are cross over, drive, step back, shot, pass, movement with and without the ball. There are many, many ways any of taking these actions in any sequence. This creativity is the joy of basketball.

We play in agile teams. One agile player takes an action which triggers other agile players to take their own action. All agile players see the result of their actions, think on their feet, adapt and take another action. Agile players are taking actions off each other as they collectively solve the puzzle of the moment.

We share an experience of finding different adaptations, combinations, and variations in coordinated moments of spontaneity, self expression and collective improvisation to discover what they didn’t know they could do together.    


An agile team of similar ability tends to beat a conventional team. The agile team doesn’t have set plays for the conventional team to disrupt. The agile team adapts to disrupt the set plays of the conventional team.

 

OUR COACHES

jon profile.png

COACH JON

Jon has spent his life rebelling against the idea that there should be clear pathways to sporting success. As a player he was often disciplined for not doing what the coach told him to do, even when it worked and the team won. Jon's children inspired him to develop a non conventional way to coach sport that led to Lions basketball club and LifeSkills21.club

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 15.36.38.png

COACH JOSH

It was Josh's love of basketball and his different way of thinking and learning that excluded him from conventional coaching that inspired Jon. Josh is a crucial part of learning how to coach sport to lift players ability to discover what they didn't know they could do.

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 15.35.50.png

COACH ARRAN

Arran is also Jon's son. Arran has inspired many by using basketball to grow from an overweight gamer who would rarely leave his room to someone who feels alive by discovering things he didn’t know he could do. He is respected as a great basketball player and is still great at playing computer games. Arran is a major inspiration to growing Lions basketball club and LifeSkills21.club

 
Basketball Game

WE USE BASKETBALL TO HELP PLAYERS BE AGILE

We use basketball to coach players act with only a rough idea of what will happen, thinking on their feet, adapting as they go. To see problems as puzzles to solve. To have the good judgement to know when to execute a planned action and when to try different ways to find a better way. To manage risk as they try things they are not sure will work and when they don’t work, adapt to find a better way. 

To see success and failure is temporary. What matters is discovering what is next. To energised by disruption. See opportunity in not knowing what is going to happen. To use failure to fuel a desire to take responsibility and rise to a challenge. To grow by discovering what they didn’t know they could do.

To enjoy making decisions in the moment. Doing things at pace and with confidence. To safely think on their feet to correctly act when things go wrong. To try something that they are not sure will work when the potential good consequences out-way the potential bad consequences. To keep reflecting. To stop doing what is not working. Perfecting what works for as long as it works. 

 
Basketball Player

WE DO AGILE BASKETBALL

CONVENTIONAL BASKETBALL COACHING HELPS THE BEST PLAYERS TO BE GOOD CONVENTIONAL PLAYERS.


AGILE COACHING HELPS EVERYONE TO BE A GREAT VERSION OF THEMSELVES.


Agile basketball is where agile coaches coach players to take bite-sized actions that get a result... good or bad it doesn’t matter which. Each time a player gets a result, they are coached to think on their feet, adapt and take the next bite-sized action. Players build spontaneous sequences of unplanned bite-sized actions and discover what they didn’t know they could do.

Don't settle for a conventional version of yourself. Be a great version of yourself.

 
Image by paul wallez

WE PLAY FOR FUN, FITNESS AND KINDNESS


THERE IS NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT NOT BEING GOOD ENOUGH

IT'S LESS ABOUT CONVENTIONAL TECHNICAL SKILLS AND MORE ABOUT DEVELOP THE SKILLS TO ACT IN A FLEXIBLE AGILE WAY

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

My name is Jon Thorne and I live in St Albans, UK. I have spent most of my 30-year career setting up and managing networks of people (sometimes 1000’s of people) to work effectively with minimal structure and oversight.

The first half of my career was with large complex corporates. The second half with home educated young people, their parents, and from that grew St Albans Lions Basketball club.

If I distil my experiences down to one thing it would be that for a network of people to work well, the majority need to be able to act in a flexible agile way. To be good at building unplanned sequences of bite-sized actions that discover what they didn't know they could do.

All my experience has been distilled into LifeSkills21.club where we help everyone to grow their life skills to live an agile life.

I am always happy to chat jon.thorne@LifeSkills21.club

HOW DOES AGILE COACHING WORK?

An Agile coach breaks the creative activity (sports, adventure, storytelling) into bite-size actions that get a bite-sized result. The Agile coach helps players to practice these bite-sized actions. The Agile coach create puzzles that players solve or not, it does matter which, by building unplanned sequences of these bite-sized actions.


Players build these sequences of unplanned actions by taking a bite-sized action that gets a result (good or bad doesn't matter which), they think on their feet and adapt to take the next bite-size action and so on.


Everyone acts off each other’s actions. Everyone thinks on their feet and adapts. Everyone shares coordinated moments of spontaneity, self-expression and collective improvisation to discover what they didn’t know they could do on their own and as a team. Everyone finds what is next.

HOW DOES AGILE COACHING WORK WITH CONVENTIONAL SPORTS COACHING?

A good conventional coach tends to be good at helping players develop the accepted technical and athletic skills for their chosen sport. In a game scenario a conventional coach tends to have a master plan that players need to be good at executing. The team tends to lose if the master plan is not good enough or if the players fail to execute to the required level. An Agile coach helps players solve the puzzle presented to them by the opposition by building their own sequences of unplanned bite-size actions. An Agile coach can take well technically and physically coached players and help them play to a higher level than their conventional coach thought possible.

WHICH IS BEST A CONVENTIONAL TEAM OR AN AGILE TEAM?

A conventional team will be better than an agile team at doing the conventional. If you want a team to go beyond the conventional and do great things you need an agile team.


A conventional team that has some of the best technical and athletic players may well play a near-perfect conventional game. But they are likely to be beaten by an agile team with similar technical and athletic players who go beyond the conventional and do great things. Just watch sport at the highest level. The best of the best are the best because they are agile. 

DO I HAVE TO BE GOOD AT BASKETBALL?

It's less about the sport and more about thinking in a flexible agile way. We work with EVERYONE regardless of their ability to play sport. We work with pros to beginners. From 8 to 80 plus. All ways of thinking and learning. Everyone discovers what they didn't know they could do. Agile coaching grows everyone's confidence in their ability to think on their feet and adapt as they go. Everyone becomes more curious and less fearful of making too many mistakes. Less worried about not being good enough. Everyone is less stressed when things don't go as they expected. Everyone adapts as they go. Everyone embraces the joy of playing. Agile coaching removes any fear of not being good enough.

WHAT SKILLS IN ADDITION TO BASKETBALL WILL I LEARN?

As well as getting better at basketball players grow three skills that help build spontainoius unplanned sequences of bite-sized action.


They are


1. To take action.

To see problems as puzzles to solve. To have the good judgement to know when to execute a planned action and when to try different ways to find a better way. To be agile as we act with only a rough idea of what will happen.


2. To get results.

To see that success and failure is temporary. What matters is discovering what is next. To be energised by disruption. See opportunity in not knowing what is going to happen. To use failure to fuel a desire to take responsibility and rise to a challenge. To grow by discovering what we didn’t know we could do. To keep asking ourselves... what is next?


3. To live well with risk.

To enjoy making decisions in the moment. Doing things at pace and with confidence. To safely think on our feet to correctly act when things go wrong. To try something that we are not sure will work when the potential good consequences out-way the potential bad consequences. To keep reflecting. To stop doing what is not working. Perfect what works for as long as it works.