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  • Opportunity to lead the way in the Commonwealth of CricketNSW can do betterLead the way – find the quantum leaps (they are there)‘Be simple; be social – don’t make them think – Engage them!’ (cfSteve Krug, author of ‘Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability’)
  • Note Decline without innovation; Quantum Growth essential to meet market forces.Standing still is going backwards.Change is essential and must be ongoing.
  • Change can be perilous; must KEEP IT SIMPLE, KEEP IT SOCIAL; use openness & conversation to solicit support
  • There must be a balance between Management & Leadership;Managers typically put out the fires and ensure that targets are met.Leaders light the fires and strive to blow targets out of the water.Today, we want to light some fires!
  • What does this mean?Don’t wait for the downturn – keep changing‘When you’re through changing, you’re through!’ ….butDon’t leave the past behind, ‘Transcend & Include’ (ref Integral Thinking – Ken Wilber) – take it with you.
  • Change requires you to challenge your creativity….
  • Change is not new – it has always been but has moved at different rates:Renaissance – very stimulating time – Medici Family funded creators in the arts & science - Leonardo, Michelangelo et al – cross disciplinary workScientific Revolution - Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Galileo - Reason & knowledge replace religion & fear – DIRECTIONAL IDEAS (narrow, control-based thinking still predominates)Resurgence of cross-disciplinary thinking – is critical to progress &, with the advent of the Internet, has become even more essential. (Reflected in ‘The Medici Effect’ by Frans Johansson.
  • Providing coherence for cross-disciplinary thinking; promoting it and enabling it to work more effectively.
  • Thomas Kuhn – architect of the well-known ‘The Paradigm Effect’, the example of which was the Swiss watch industry – in 10 years, fell from 85% to less than 10% of world watch profits.Why? Because of the electronic watch!Who developed the electronic watch? The Swiss, displayed it at a world watch expo – but they didn’t regard it as a watch (no gears, no mainspring). Texas Instruments & Seiko Japan grabbed the idea and revolutionised the industry.The Swiss were stuck in the current paradigm of the time (and the past). Emotionally tied to the paradigm in which they had achieved world-leading success.Learning a new field can break down ASSOCIATIVE BARRIERS (What are they? Barriers to cross-disciplinary thinking and the Intersection.)
  • Examples:Richard Branson was developing Virgin Records; Mike Oldfield was exploring change by applying his Classical musical training to Rock Music. What would be the advantage to the Intersection of Classical and Rock Music?…explode the number of musical combinations to consider….
  • Rock Music & Classical Music, independently provide multiple combinations;Collectively they provide astronomically more combinations.The Intersection creates many more combinations for consideration – an Exponential increase.
  • Branson was succeeding with Virgin Records; Fields approached him to collaborate to develop an airline. Branson’s advisors were aghast – why look at an unknown field?Branson accepted the opportunity and has continued to succeed – basing his businesses on exceptional service.
  • Darwin’s 5 year around the world voyage on the Beagle to study geology. He ultimately became the most significant biologist of all time.He recognised the link between the different species of birds he observed. The experts of the day were blinkered by the strict classification details and missed the link (like the Swiss watchmakers!)
  • Architect Mick Pearce – challenged to build office block in Harare – leant from the termites (who routinely design mounds to maintain a steady temperature of 87F (despite of range from 100F+ to less than 40F)Note RH illustration – different building configuration for differen times of day.
  • Melbourne eco-building uses similar designs, taken from nature (Biomimicry) – termite mounds aligned to offset destructive effects of the sun.West façade – shutters open in the morning; closed to guard against the afternoon sun
  • The roof terrace is lined with wind turbines to circulate air
  • Ethiopian orphan, adopted by Swedish family, father was a geologist who traveled widely. (“When I was a kid, I ate in Poland, Berlin, Russia and Yugoslavia, and on vacation we’d eat in France, Spain, and other countries. So at an early age I was eating ‘weird’ food, but it seemed natural.” At 16 he entered culinary school in Gothenburg, apprenticeships in Switzerland and Austria, where he learned to speak French and German, while also speaking English. He also had a year-long cruise around the world, where he got ‘to eat and cook in every port.’ At the end of that pivotal trip, Samuelson realised that it was time for him to apply his unique perspective and experiences. After working for the 3-star George Blanc restaurant in Paris for a year, he ended up at Aquavit in New York. The first thing Samuelson did was to retool the staff makeup, even sacrificing experience for an open attitude*. Today, Aquavit’s staff of about 100 comprises as many as 40 nationalities.*In some cases, experience and specialised education & training can have a restricting effect on attitudes to change. Need to learn as many things as possible, without getting stuck in a particular way of thinking about things (ref Paul Maeder).
  • In these recipes, we can find at least part of Samuelsson’s success – Lobster is Swedish; seaweed pasta is not. Raspberry sorbet is Swedish; lemon grass yogurt….well, most Swedes at this time, had probably not even heard of lemon grass, let alone yogurt made out of it.
  • Many people, particularly those steeped in cuisine, would have regarded Johansson’s recipes as bizarre – yet they not only worked but created a transformation in cuisine.
  • Santa Fe Institute - Excellent example of multi-disciplinary collaboration to understand common themes and potential innovative solutions in natural, artificial and social systems.Founded by George Cowan in 1984 to make connections across all disciplines. Cowan had been an administrator who worked with top scientists from many disciplines in the Manhattan Project (for atomic bomb research), was a director for research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, while also leading a bank. Committed to interaction – “You need to get scientists to think about things other than their specialty.”
  • A webshot from Santa Fe Institute site – highlighting Emergence, Organisation and Dynamics of Living Systems….which is what we are dealing with on a daily basis.
  • Discussion Groups;Identify the areas that you could meet at the intersection with Cricket Coaching – in order to stimulate innovative, intersectional ideas.Then, let’s have your 3 most bizarre intersectional associations with Cricket. 10-15 mins – report back on butcher’s paper
  • Receive and record the reports.
  • Immediate Intersectional Ideas.Which activities of the intersectional type, could you introduce immediately – to create breakthroughs in Style of Play and performance levels?
  • New frontiers in cricket coaching

    1. 1. Cricket NSW Coaching Conference 2008 New Frontiers in Coaching Peter SpenceLead the way…find the quantum leaps
    2. 2. New Frontiers in Coaching …Session Outline  Change • Future opportunities & challenges • Leadership & Management • Timing of Change • Creativity • History of change  Intersectional Ideas – Cross-disciplinary stimulus  Intersectional Breakthroughs  Discussions Groups  Amateurs & Pros  Twenty 20  Conclusion ….The Search Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    3. 3. Future Opportunities http://www.futureworld.co.za/Images/PublicZone/WhatWeDo/WhatWeDoQuantumGrowth.gif Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    4. 4. Change ‘If you dont like change, youre going to like irrelevance even less’ Former US Military General, Eric Shinseki Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    5. 5. The Challenge Leading the new order can be daunting…. There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. Machiavelli (1446-1507) ‘The Prince’ Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    6. 6. Balancing Management & Leadership Management Leadership ‘Maintaining the status quo’ ‘Finding what could be’ - facilitating change Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    7. 7. The timing of change ...on the up! Leaders Initiate change on the up ….not on the way down Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    8. 8. Think Creatively… Using no more than 4 straight lines, join all the dots, without taking your pen off the paper Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    9. 9. ‘Outside the square’ thinking Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    10. 10. Further outside the square… Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    11. 11. Very Brief history of change:  Renaissance – (from C14th) Medici family • ideas explosion from cross disciplinary work  Scientific Revolution (from C15th) • Reason & knowledge replace religion & fear – DIRECTIONAL IDEAS  Recent resurgence of cross-disciplinary ideas – INTERSECTIONAL IDEAS - The Medici Effect Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    12. 12. Intersectional Ideas  The Intersection – ideas from different disciplines, domains & cultures stream together.  Concepts clash and combine in new directions  Surprises, contradictions and paradoxes. Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    13. 13. Intersectional Thinking "The things that we fear most in organisations - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the primary sources of creativity." Margaret Wheatley Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    14. 14. Think Young; Think Fresh. “almost always the men who achieve… fundamental inventions of a new paradigm have been either very young or very new to the field whose paradigm they change.” Thomas Kuhn, ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’ Learning a new field, whether one is young or old, can help break down associative barriers. Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    15. 15. Break the Associative Barriers - Innovators have low associative barriers Readily link diverse opportunities & ideas Are not constrained by the accepted thinking in their areas of business. “The more mutually remote the elements of a new combination, the more creative the process or the solution.” ‘The Medici Effect’, p.69 Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    16. 16. Intersectional Breakthrough 1 Mike Oldfield & Richard Branson (Virgin Records) Intersection of Rock Music and Classical Music – ‘Tubular Bells’ Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    17. 17. Intersectional Explosion of Musical Concept Combinations Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    18. 18. Intersectional Breakthrough 2 Randolph Fields (US Lawyer) & Richard Branson – Virgin Atlantic Air Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    19. 19. Intersectional Breakthrough 3 Charles Darwin  Geologist - recognised that different species of birds evolved to meet environmental conditions - Led to the Theory of Evolution  Other experts of the day merely classified the birds in different species. Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    20. 20. Intersectional Breakthrough 4 Mick Pearce Architect with interest in Ecology Office building in Harare. Design based on termite mounds (which maintain steady 87F in daily temp range from 100F+ to 40F-) Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    21. 21. Mick Pearce – Office building based on termite mounds Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    22. 22. Natural building designs - Melbourne Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    23. 23. Natural building designs - Melbourne Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    24. 24. Intersectional Breakthrough 5 Marcus Samuelsson Chef at Aquavit restaurant, NY City From his diverse international background, eating ‘weird’ food seemed natural… thus, New range of innovative dishes Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    25. 25. Diverse dishes that work! Caramelised Lobster: Seaweed Pasta, Sea Urchin Sausage & Cauliflower Sauce Salmon Plate: Gravlax and Tandori Smoked Salmon, Espresso Mustard Sauce & Dill Foam Marcus Samuelsson – Aquavit NY City Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    26. 26. More diverse dishes… Chocolate Granache: Bell Pepper and Raspberry Sorbet and Lemon Grass Yogurt Marcus Samuelsson – Aquavit NY City Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    27. 27. Santa Fe Institute Emphasizing multi-disciplinary collaboration to understand common themes arising in natural, artificial, and social systems Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    28. 28. Santa Fe Institute Stimulating cross-disciplinary topics: Emergence, Organisation & Dynamics of Living Systems Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    29. 29. Discussion Groups 1 Intersectional associations  Which areas (disciplines, domains, cultures) could you engage at the intersection with Cricket Coaching to stimulate innovative ideas?  List your 3 most bizarre intersectional associations with Cricket Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    30. 30. Review 1 – Intersectional ideas “Intersectional ideas are ground breaking, then, because the concepts involved are so different and the combinations so unusual that no one would have thought them possible. Although such combinations do not always lead to anything useful, sometimes they do – and in those cases, they can work just like magic.” ‘The Medici Effect’, p.69 Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    31. 31. Discussion Groups 2 Immediate Intersectional ideas  Which specific intersectional-style activities can you introduce into cricket coaching now, to achieve breakthroughs in terms of Style of Play and performance levels? Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    32. 32. Review 2 – Immediate Intersectional ideas  Cirque du Soleil, Circus Oz, Drama/acting…. improvisation training http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/world/en/au /index.asp  Gymnastics, acrobatics, juggling…  Dance….ABS, Gym/Ballet, Alexander’s journey  Music – as a stimulus  Spirit - Tiger Woods, Adam Gilchrist , Catherine Freeman  Indigenous Wisdom – The Dreamings  Extreme Sports  Baseball Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    33. 33. Review – Immediate Intersectional ideas cont.  Conveyance sports – Sailing (Arthur Brett…Sailing backwards into the wind!)  Combative sports  Psychomotor capacities, Decision-making, Emotional Competencies Index (Dr Noel Blundell)  Medicine – “New Frontiers in Medicine” Hassed  Internet-based planning & communication systems  3D, Virtual Reality, Immersive Technologies  Sensing capacities – Total Body-Mind integration Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    34. 34. Amateurs & Professionals• Amateurs work until • Pros work until they they can get it right can’t get it wrong!
    35. 35. Cirque du Soleil http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/world/en/au/index.asp Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    36. 36. Dr Lex Bertrand & Arthur Brett (Sailing)No Limits Excellence:• Sailing backwards…• Over-speed towing (blindfolded)• Night sailing• High speed “War Games”• “Impossible” challenges
    37. 37. SpiritAsked to identify just what it was that createdsuch chasm between him and hiscontemporaries, Woods’ answer bordered onthe spiritual. “I told Stevie (Williams, his New Zealandcaddie) walking up 18, there comes a point intime when you feel tranquil, when you feel calm;at ease with yourself,” he said. “And I felt that way this week and I feltthat way in ’97 at Augusta. For some reason,things just flowed. No matter what you do, goodor bad, it really doesn’t get to you… everything’sjust alright.” “Master breaks 138-year record” by Robert Lusetich (The Australian 20/6/00)
    38. 38. Spirit “Maybe that’s just because when your mind is clear, natural instincts take over and you let yourself play to the best standard possible.” Adam Gilchrist (128 off 98, versus NZ) February 2000
    39. 39. Twenty 20 Cricket Alan Campbell  Is Twenty 20 cricket a directional change or an intersectional change?  How can intersectional thinking be used to play this form of the game more successfully?  By following an intersectional approach, how can Twenty 20 Cricket be used to optimally benefit the performance levels in cricket? Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    40. 40. The search…. Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    41. 41. The search cont…. Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    42. 42. Intersectional Innovation The Medici Effect method - MindMaps http://litemind.com/medici-effect/#download-mindmaps Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    43. 43. New Horizons….  Be open to intersectional ideas  Look outside your patch  Seek different areas & stimuli…Promote Sensing & Body-Mind integration  Look inside the performing arts… & all else!  Create a better way…then another  Remember, each individual is unique  Uncover the untapped genius in each player  Connect to Web 2.0, then Web 3.0 platforms  Be simple, Be social, Engage them Intersec. Intersec. Santa Fe Group T20 The ConclusiHome Change Ideas ProAm Breakth. Inst Discuss Cricket Search on
    44. 44. Thanks for reading Please visit me at peterspence.com.auOr via Twitter at @pspence5

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