HOW GAME IQ COACHES AND ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE TRAINED
TO HELP PLAYERS HOLD THEIR GAME IQ COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS TO ACCOUNT WE ARE SHARING HOW THEY ARE TRAINED
GAME IQ - LIFE IQ
LifeSkills21.club is applying much of Iain McGilchrist work on how the brain works at its least and most effective - with his late father's (a successful psychologist) understanding of how the brain works - and his own experiences as a competitor, adventurer, and entrepreneur.
Game IQ is the awareness to change the rhythm and flow of movement in the space between everything is known and nothing is known - the ‘betweenness’ where the game of life is played. Game IQ is not an intellectual awareness. It is just awareness. The game is a living process, that does not take place in steps. We feel like we are both participants and observers at the same time. Experiencing fleeting moments of instant pure awareness of everything around us punctuated with complete narrow isolation on a detail. It’s to have both peripheral vision and hard focus or central vision. To have moments of soft, unfocused, awareness of a very deep sort of knowing and both moments of isolated pure narrow focus where nothing else matters. It is to be both objective, isolated, and dispassionate and at the same time emotional, connected, relaxed and flowing while knowing when to stop. To be creatively disciplined. Rigid and flexible. Constantly changing with (some degree of) permanence. Separate and united. It's immediate and temporary in experience. “Beautiful” is a good word to describe a moment of players using their Game IQ - because no one can define the word, or everybody defines it differently, and yet we all know when we see it. It is a shared dance of movement. When we have Game IQ we have the life skills to do things before we fully understand them because we either win or lose and both learn and improve and get results when it all goes wrong.
Coaching Game IQ requires having Game IQ and an understanding of how the brain stops players from seeing space. And training in a different way to manage the risks of groups with broad age and ability ranges.
‘The wise scientist’, wrote Chargaff, ‘will be aware of the eternal predicament that between them and the world there always is the barrier of the human brain’
HOW DOES THE BRAIN WORK MOST EFFECTIVELY?
The brain is at its most effective when the hemispheres are harmonised. According to Dr. Iain McGilchrist, the brain is in two hemispheres for a reason. They are both involved in everything we do, but how each side does something is necessarily different from the other. The left hemisphere is “either/or” in its persuasion, the right hemisphere is “both/and”. Each has its place. Nothing is ruled out in the relationship between the hemispheres. But they are not symmetrical in value. We use our “either/or” processing to grasp the details of a given object to understand what it is and how to use it - while at the same time harmonising this understanding with our “and/both” processing so that we can we see one thing, and both another and both another, etc and see the space between every object in the whole.
When we can see the space between objects and grasp those objects we can move them to open and close space. This influences the rhythm and flow of how everything moves. Nothing is fixed because we always have objects we can move. There is always flow. When these objects are teammates and opponents in a game it feels like we are connected by a piece of string - without being connected by a piece of string. We move to create fluid shapes for each other to flow into. We have Game IQ. We have life IQ. Everything is full of possibilities as we share a dance together in the whole.
"Without a knowledge of the technical details of a sport, we cannot grasp the whole of what is happening in a game. But at the same time, it is only the meaning of the whole of what is happening in a game that gives the technical details their full and proper significance"
"When we focus on the narrow technical we can’t see the whole of what is happening in a game and we lose the wider purpose of the technical and give the narrow technical too much importance"
WHAT PREVENTS US FROM USING OUR BRAINS IN THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY?
It is well documented that we face a society-wide problem of loneliness, lack of connection, fear of not being good enough, feelings of not mattering, and that nothing can be changed. A lack of community.
Dr Iain McGilchrist believes this pandemic of isolation is caused by society operating on a belief that it is good to perfect our world by measuring, categorising, boxing, and detailing everything - to make everything an object that is “either this or that". We are placing too much emphasis on using the left hemisphere of the brain and too little on using the right hemisphere. We are not harmonising the two hemispheres of the brain.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE TWO HEMISPHERES OF THE BRAIN ARE NOT HARMONISED?
A consequence of prioritising the left hemisphere too much is that we can’t use the right hemisphere to perceive “both/and” so we focus on one object - we understand it, measure it, categorise it, - once boxed we move to next object that needs boxing, and so on. Everything is known. If we find something we don’t understand we learn about it so that we know what it is and then box it. Because we are not seeing all the objects in the whole we can’t perceive the space that is between them. We see objects as fixed, and immovable and form a wall of certainty around us. There is no space between the objects for the unknown. No space for dreaming, imagination, creativity, love, and beauty. This is not the most effective way to use the brain.
HOW TO CAN WE HARMONISE OUR BRAINS?
When we prioritise our left hemisphere our brain is not in harmony. But, it doesn't follow that we correct this by placing more emphasis on the right hemisphere. Using the brain effectively is to harmonise both hemispheres not to switch between them.
We need a process that encourages us to harmonise both sides of the brain. We need something that has a start and end and where the space between the start and end everything is known and nothing is know. Moving from a start to a finish requires the left hemisphere to see movable objects that are in the way and the right hemisphere to see the space between the moveable objects. The left hemisphere grabs movable objects while the right hemisphere sees how to move them to open and close the space to move to the end. What I am describing is the process of playing games - provided the purpose of playing is to harmonise the brain. If games are played to either win or lose by making the least number of mistakes playing games will divide the brain. This is why we have created Game IQ Coaching. Game IQ Coaches help players use the process of playing games to harmonise their brains. To use the brain in the most effective way.
This harmonising is not an intellectual awareness. It is just awareness. It’s a living process, that does not take place in steps. It feels like we are both participants and observers at the same time. Experiencing fleeting moments of instant pure awareness of everything around us punctuated with complete narrow isolation as we execute a technical skill. It’s to have both peripheral vision and hard focus or central vision. To have moments of soft, unfocused, awareness of a very deep sort of knowing and both moments of isolated pure narrow focus where nothing else matters as we execute a technical skill. It is to be both objective, isolated, and dispassionate and at the same time emotional, connected, relaxed and flowing while knowing when to stop. To be creatively disciplined. Rigid and flexible. Constantly changing with (some degree of) permanence. Separate and united. It's immediate and temporary in experience. “Beautiful” is a good word to describe using the brain in its most effective way because no one can define the word, or everybody defines it differently, and yet we all know when we see it.
Our Game IQ Coaches don’t always keep the score so that players stay in the moment of the next pass, the next shot, the next movement and process each event that happens as either a win or a loss and both opportunity to learn and improve. To stay in the space between being winning and losing.
Why? When players are using their brains ineffectively they tend to focus on avoiding losing. They miss opportunities to also learn and improve. If one thing goes against them they start to think the next thing will go against them and they start to feel and act like victims - deflecting blame onto others - blaming themselves. They lose the ability to see the joy and the opportunity that comes from what is next. They see only a win or failure.
Game IQ Coaching is about helping players change the rhythm of flow through space by moving themselves, others, and other objects to open and close space. It can only be coached by playing in the “betweenness” - the space between we must always follow the rules and there are no rules.
Why? To flow we need opponents around which to flow. We need the rules of a sport. But if we are not allowed to experiment we can’t learn how to affect the rhythm of flow. We need the rules of the game but not rules which must always be followed correctly all of the time.
Our Game IQ Coaches need to play and be active participants to show players how to move to open and close space.
Why? Words don’t work. Space can only be defined by describing the objects that frame the space but as soon as one object moves the space changes making it hard to use words to keep an accurate definition of space for long enough to be useful. If words are used to describe how to flow in space - that we can’t define with words - that movement becomes uncertain and mechanical and is no longer a flow.
Our Game IQ Coaches help players see how the relationships between players form to open and close space in which to flow.
Why? When using the brain ineffectively players focus on the details of opponents and don’t see the space between opponents. Because they don’t perceive space, players can’t see how changing their positions relative to each other opens and closes space in which to flow. They see only barriers that they must knockdown or fail.
Our Game IQ Coaches use our “be kind” rule to give everyone the confidence to do the first thing that comes into their heads. Everyone gives space and time to those who are not as good as themselves. Everyone only competes against those who are as good as themselves or better. Nobody exploits an athletic advantage so that everyone competes by using their brains effectively - using their Game IQ to open and close space.
Why? When using the brain ineffectively players think they win by exposing weaker players and exploiting any athletic superiority. It means they lose when they compete against players who are superior. With Game IQ this doesn’t have to be the case.
Our Game IQ Coaches help players to try things before they know what will happen - think on their feet to make it work by doing things they can't yet see.
Why? When using the brain ineffectively players can’t see any other ways other than those they have been told are the correct way. They think it is a binary choice between executing correctly or failing. They think the only way to improve is to make fewer mistakes. If the correct way doesn’t work they are done. Finished with nowhere else to go.
A Game IQ Coach helps players see that there is always a variety of approaches to any one problem and there is a balance to be had between conformity and variety. For example, at one end of a spectrum there is always being selfless - always putting the needs of others first - and at the other end there is always being selfish where we always put our needs before others. Part of sharing a dance of sport is moving along this spectrum from moment to moment. For example, when a player scores lots of points they attract more attention from the defence and when that happens the high scoring player has more influence on opening and closing space for others.
Why? When using the brain ineffectively, players think that either the needs of others are always more important than their own OR their needs are always more important than the needs of others. They must either always conform or always rebel.
Game IQ Coaches know they are doing a good job when players keep coming back regardless of their level of technical skill (pro’s to beginners) - regardless of their age, social skills, and ability to follow instructions - because they know they will keep seeing opportunities in trying new things in a never-ending, joyful process of learning and improving that is full of hope and opportunity to be more than they are now. A natural consequence of this is the emergence of a diverse, resilient, inclusive, high-performing community where everyone shares in the dance.
Why? Because Game IQ is a never-ending process. It’s how we navigate the space between our birth and our death. The “betweenness” of our lives.
OUTCOMES DELIVERS BY GAME IQ COACHES
1. Players enjoy sharing a dance of movement - regardless of ability - where we feel connected, that we are contributing and that we matter.
2. Players learn how to change the flow and rhythm of movement in the space between “everything is known” and “nothing is known” - the ‘betweenness’ where the game of life is played.
3. In conventional sports settings, players use their Game IQ to get a result when something they and their Sports Coach have practiced doesn’t work - creating agile, adaptive, teams that can get a result when things don't go to plan.
"A thing without opposition ipso facto does not exist … existence lies in opposition."
"Movement is the cause of all life"
Leonardo Da Vinci
Ubuntu is an African word used by Coach Doc Rivers to build the Celtic team that won the NBA championship. It means ... I am because we are. I can't be all I can be unless you are all you can be. I can never be threatened by you because the better you are the better I am. We share a dance of life. Ubuntu
CAN YOU EXPLAIN A BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
LifeSkills21.club is a social enterprise using the process of playing games to bring people together regardless of their ability to play or pay in an inclusive, diverse, high-performing community where Game IQ Coaches help players change the rhythm and flow of movement in the space between everything is known and nothing is known - the ‘betweenness’ where the game of life is played. We compete with our brains for our brains with fun, fitness, and kindness. We all laugh as we all (teammates and opponents) share in a dance of movement. A warm welcome is guaranteed.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO INCLUSION?
We are Imaginatively open. When someone joins - no matter how good or bad they are at sport - everyone automatically imagines new ways for them to share in a dance of sport. Sharing a connection is more important than playing correctly so the rules of a sport are adapted so that everyone can share in the dance - this is for the best as well as those who physically struggle. Everyone is encouraged to find what works for them in their context and to keep doing it till it stops working and then stop while at the same time trying other ways to find what else works for them in their context. To be free-thinking. Openly imaginative. We want lots of alternative views on a given situation. We value a viewpoint that doesn’t make sense to others because they are the most imaginative. We want and seek neuro-diversity because having a variety of approaches that are constantly evolving to any one problem creates a high-performing, agile, creative, and inclusive community. We promote fresh thinking. We are open-minded. Inclusion is in our DNA.
CAN YOU SHARE YOUR RISK ASSESSMENT FOR GAME IQ COACHING?
The additional risk for what we do compared to Sports Coaching is that we have a much wider range of abilities and ages. Sports Coaching manages this risk by streaming players by ability and age. We manage this risk in a different way so that we can safely bring a more diverse group of people together. Click here to see our risk assessment in a google doc.
"Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts" - Phil Jackson
Play games for your brain and with your brain and laugh as we share - teammates and opponents - in a dance of sport
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