A Mind Map and a QR Code combined to share coaching information

I have been thinking about how some of the free cloud applications can be used to support coach education and development.

This post brings together a mind map with a Quick Response Code (QR Code) to provide an example of what is possible as we become produsers of these tools.

The background story:

  • I have been researching performance in the 2011 Super 15 rugby tournament.
  • I am interested in whether the previous year’s ranking of a team impacts on its performance in the following year.
  • I have been looking at try scoring in the 120 group games in this year’s tournament.
  • I think this kind of information is a trigger for discussions about the preparation and performance of teams

I found 30 ways that teams won games in the 2011 tournament. Fortunately 13 of these occurred only once. By far the most prevalent outcome (37) was when a higher ranked team (from the 2010 tournament) scored the first converted try, was leading at half time and won the game.

I wanted to visualise these data to share with coaches and decided to use a mind map tool to do so. I had been alerted to SpiderScribe recently (via Diigo) and tried out its functionality.

It is a Beta product at the moment and so I have been conscious of managing the risk of not being able to access the map on an as need basis.

I have downloaded a copy of the map as a Pdf document as a permanent digital record of the map S1501

The link to the map I created is http://www.spiderscribe.net/app/?9d28530b20872f43b4f1aeea2d81277b which is quite an address. SpiderScribe offers a range of options for sharing a mindmap and I have chosen Public on internet – anyone on Internet can find and access it.

I used bit.ly to shorten the long address of the mind map to http://bit.ly/S1501. Bit.ly offers the opportunity to customise the shortened address. This process tracks the use of the link too.

The final step for me in this process is to allocate a QR Code to the mindmap. I use the Kaywa QR Code Generator for this purpose. I have written a number of posts about QR Codes in this blog. A post I wrote in January provides some detailed information. I see a QR code as a dynamic way to share information with iPhone and Android users.

The QR Code for the SpiderScribe mind map is:

This post is a small example of what is available to coach educators. In presenting this example I aim to share a generic approach to resource development.

I conclude with a working definition of produsage that underpins my approach to sharing and growing.

In collaborative communities the creation of shared content takes place in a networked, participatory environment which breaks down the boundaries between producers and consumers and instead enables all participants to be users as well as producers of information and knowledge – frequently in a hybrid role of produser where usage is necessarily also productive.

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Coaches watching the fight

Philip, Mark, Mick, Wayne, Brian and Donald

This is a brief post about well-being. It was prompted by media reports of Mark Thompson‘s decision to end his head coach’s role at Geelong Football Club. An ABC screening of Glass a Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts was the catalyst for writing.

The other people in the title are Mick Malthouse, Wayne Bennett, Brian Smith and Donald Friend. Each of them has a place in this story about well-being for coaches.

These are the themes that link all six for me:

1. Creativity and expertise are fascinating attributes enriched by age.

2. Both attributes require enormous energy to sustain them.

3. Maintaining this energy is a lifelong business.

I was fascinated to listen to Philip Glass’s account of maintaining energy at the age of 70 and to learn of the spiritual dimension of his well-being. The Portrait discusses his involvement with Buddhism, Tao and the Toltec tradition. An interview elsewhere notes that:

Much has been made of Glass’s Buddhism, but he’s at pains to point out that he only dipped a toe in it. “I’m not a card-carrying member of anything,” he insists. “You have to understand I’m a thoroughly Western person. But I’m also a modern person, which means that world culture has come to me from all sides. I’ve accepted huge swathes of it which my parents would never have known about.” Here he understates: it was the singing of the Gyuto monks that gave his soundtrack for Martin Scorsese’s Kundun (1997) its haunting power, and his Tibetan collaborations are continuing, with a benefit concert for Tibetan refugees soon to take place in New York. Work after work proclaims how ingrained his Buddhist instincts now are.

After watching the Portrait I was struck by the connections between a centred place in the world and longevity as a coach. Mick Malthouse and Wayne Bennett were Grand Final winning coaches last weekend. Their shared experience of coaching spans half a century. Brian Smith coached the Roosters to the rugby league grand final in his first year at the club and after a third of a century of coaching. Philip Glass was born in 1937, Wayne Bennett in 1950, Mick Malthouse in 1953, Brian Smith in 1954 and Mark Thompson in 1963.

An interview with Ian Britain on Margaret Throsby’s ABC Classic FM program introduced me to Donald Friend. Notwithstanding Donald’s dislike of sport I was struck by the role diaries played in his life. He “left behind more than two million words of brilliant, intimate diary entries one of the greatest acts of autobiography in Australian history”. In a review of Ian Britain’s book about Donald Friend’s diaries it was noted that:

Most of all, the diaries attest to his ceaseless desire to understand and master his art. ‘Neither love, food, writing, money or music, nor flattery nor sincere admiration nor the company of friends (all the things I am most partial to),’ Friend wrote, ‘could seduce me from my painting.’ Reworked into a chronological narrative, and supplemented by material from correspondence and interviews, The Donald Friend Diaries reveal an extraordinary Australian life.

Mark Thompson’s decision to stand down from his role at Geelong has raised renewed interest in and concern about well-being. Mark gave a public indication of his impending decision at his club’s award night at the end of September. This is an audio recording from 4 October that confirmed his decision.

The synchronicity of the arts programs with coaching stories has encouraged me to think about the support coaches need and can be offered. I see enormous opportunities to support coaches’ well-being from outside sport cultures. Philip Glass demonstrates just how powerful a commitment to spiritual understanding can be and Donald Friend’s experiences in troubled times underscores how important personal expression can be.

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