#coachlearning: when Thomas meets Adam and friends

I tend to listen to classical music whenever I am travelling. I feel really comfortable with that kind of music.

Over the years I have thought about the connections that might be made in coach learning with composers, conductors and musicians.

There are lots of posts on Clyde Street about my imagined connections between classical music and coaching. Last year, for example, motets struck me as a way to discuss coaching. I included this quote about the Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium (written for 40 voices):

The work is a study in contrasts: the individual voices sing and are silent in turns, sometimes alone, sometimes in choirs, sometimes calling and answering, sometimes all together, so that, far from being a monotonous mess, the work is continually presenting new ideas.

I particularly like the idea of performance “presenting new ideas”. In this example, the motet is sung by 700 rather than 40 voices, and raised for me the idea about the scalability of performance:

Occasionally, I break away from classical musical and end up meeting other musicians like the Pierce Brothers and Tash Sultana. They helped me think about performances of understanding.

This week, I discovered, Adam Levine and Maroon 5.

I have had the good fortune to work with many female athletes and coaches of female athletes. When I saw Maroon 5’s Girls Like You video, I immediately thought about how a coach might support the diversity of talents and life experiences in a team.

The video is 4 minutes 30 seconds long and has a remarkable cast. I have replayed the video many times now and it is strikes me forcefully what we might learn from it to support coaches as they explore their practice and their performances.

If you would like to learn more about the people who appeared in the video, you might find this Billboard article of interest (link).

I am delighted Thomas has met Adam via a short detour with the Pierce Brothers and Tash. I think we have lots to learn within sport from outside experiences of performance and how we might enable a commonwealth of talent.

Sharing insights and decision-making experiences

Braidwood is my St Mary Mead and Lake Wobegon.

It is a place where I can ponder events way beyond this small rural New South Wales town and connect with them through events in the town.

This weekend, the Braidwood Festival has been helping me reflect on thoughts about insights and decision-making shared by Jacquie Tran.

Jacquie’s presentation, From insights to decisions: Knowledge sharing in sports analytics, has stimulated lots of interest and conversations. One of the observations Jacquie has made is:

Enter Braidwood into this conversation.

This weekend, the Festival of Braidwood has included an airing of quilts, an Art on the Farms exhibition, and open gardens. All of these have a synchronicity with Jacquie’s discussion. I have two examples from the weekend to illustrate the points Jacquie is making.

The first is from on of the exhibits, an upholstered chair by Heidi Horwood.

In the exhibition catalogue, Heidi writes:

The chair was found in a shed on a farm in Braidwood in a state of considerable disrepair. Many of the fabrics that make the patchwork in this project are very old and sourced in Braidwood. … I love the sense of history in old chairs and imagine the comfort they have brought.

The second is from a the Linden Garden at Jembaicumbene. The gardeners there have transformed the garden in five years. They have planted trees, herbaceous borders and found ways to manage limited resources in a windswept location.

The garden draws inspiration from landscape designer Nicole de Vesian, who at 70 translated her experience as a designer for Hermes to create her garden, La Louve in Provence.

I hope both examples add to the conversation Jacquie has started about insights. In both of them there is a bisociation occuring. Arthur Koestler said of bisociation “The discoveries of yesterday are the truisms of tomorrow, because we can add to our knowledge but cannot subtract from it.”

Having a sense of who we were and who we are gives us opportunities to consider how we will be. I see this a profoundly shared experience.

I wonder what you think.

Photo Credits

Braidwood (Jack Featherstone)

Jack Bourke shearing (Katie Lyons, Art on Farms)

Chair (Heidi Horwood)

Linden Garden (Braidwood Open Gardens)

Bedervale (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

Sharing insights

Jacqie Tran gave a presentation at the recent Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand pre-conference. Her presentation was titled From insights to decisions: Knowledge sharing in sports analytics and has been uploaded to Slideshare.

I thought this was a great topic to choose. It is an excellent way to share a learning journey and invite others to reflect on their practices.

I have been following Jacquie’s work for a number of years and see her as a very important voice in a community of practice that I hope might become a sport version of the R-Ladies movement.

R-Ladies is a diversity initiative that aims “to achieve proportionate representation by encouraging, inspiring, and empowering people of genders currently underrepresented in the R community”. I believe sport needs this too.

I have grabbed three slides from Jacquie’s presentation (in her delightful sketchnote style) to acknowledge the significance of the issues she was raising:

I have always thought that this sharing required social skills that historically have been described as ‘soft’ skills. In many sport science contexts, certainly in the foundation years of the discipline, these skills were disparaged. This is changing …

Which means we can start talking about:

Glueing needs some patience. I think it involves following, advocating, leading and sharing. In my qualitative research terms, it takes lots of time ‘being around‘ in sport contexts.

Jacquie and her generation have remarkable skills to contribute to this glue work. I trust that her open sharing of her ideas stimulates substantial conversations about the social synapses that make it possible to share insights with decision-makers that transform performance.

Photo Credit

Jacquie Tran (Jacquie Tran website)