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Final uksi presentation 2002

  1. 1. Leading the Individual Athlete Plan PETER SPENCE Programs Manager Victorian Institute of Sport Australia
  2. 2. Model of Performance Excellence: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
  3. 3. Mechanical World View The separation of body, mind and spirit, plus Strong reliance on objectivity Can create limitations!
  4. 4. Make a break! …think INTERDEPENDENCE …think QUANTUM LEAPS Increasing trend to adopt the ambiguity of “and/also” thinking, over the “either/or” thinking of classical science
  5. 5. INTERDEPENDANCE and QUANTUM LEAPS are essential, If we are to create better ways…and achieve real competitive advantages
  6. 6. “ If you don’t have a competitive advantage…DON’T COMPETE! ” Jack Welch, Former CEO, General Electric
  7. 7. “ … Success in the 21 st Century requires… RADICAL, NON-LINEAR BUSINESS CONCEPT INNOVATIONS… ” ‘ Leading the Revolution’ – Gary Hamel (2000)
  8. 8. ‘ Quantum Leap Thinking’ – James Mapes (1996) “… You don’t have to be content with improving your life incrementally or gradually…break the accepted mind-set that assumes that success comes one step at a time…you can make the quantum leap…that moves you far beyond the next logical step… Quantum leaps require paradoxical thinking and behaviour, unusual moves and actions that, on the surface, often seem to contradict common sense. You have to take a leap of faith. ”
  9. 9. NO LIMITS EXCELLENCE NLE <ul><li>non-linear thinking </li></ul><ul><li>“ it’s OK to be crazy” </li></ul><ul><li>accept no compromise </li></ul><ul><li>transform capacities </li></ul>
  10. 10. NLE cont. <ul><li>transcend expectations </li></ul><ul><li>stimulate self-organisation </li></ul><ul><li>facilitate emergence through bottom up processes </li></ul><ul><li>float with DYNAMIC BALANCE, away from Equilibrium </li></ul>
  11. 11. War Stories: Dr Lex Bertrand & Arthur Brett (Sailing) <ul><li>Sailing backwards… </li></ul><ul><li>Overspeed towing (blindfolded) </li></ul><ul><li>Night sailing </li></ul><ul><li>High speed “War Games” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Impossible” challenges </li></ul>
  12. 12. War Stories: Dave Sanders (VIS Cycling) <ul><li>“ You can’t sharpen a brick” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rattle the tiles” </li></ul><ul><li>Break through thresholds (real or imagined) </li></ul>
  13. 13. War Stories: Dr Istvan Gorgenyi (Aust Women’s Water Polo) <ul><li>Novel Style of Play </li></ul><ul><li>High intensity simulations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Team Life – Hunting Territory” adopts Quantum approach and Dynamic Balance </li></ul>
  14. 14. War Stories: Roger Flynn (VIS & Aust Squash) <ul><li>Interdependence of factors & support </li></ul><ul><li>Psycho-motor “wiring” (Dr Noel Blundell) </li></ul><ul><li>Creative challenges to inter-related systems </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum acceptable standards </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated experience through discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Movement patterns & visualisation </li></ul>
  15. 15. War Stories: Debbie Muir (Synchronised Swimming) <ul><li>Quantum leap methods, involving self-organisation by athletes </li></ul><ul><li>Quantum thinking in sport and business </li></ul>
  16. 16. War Stories: Ernie Merrick (VIS Soccer) <ul><li>Complete integration of support personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative, applied sport science/medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange of information </li></ul>
  17. 17. War Stories: Denis McDade (VIS Golf) <ul><li>Integration of support services </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge through world competition </li></ul><ul><li>Body-mind centering </li></ul><ul><li>Martial arts influence </li></ul>
  18. 18. War Stories: Eric Hollingsworth (VIS Track & Field) <ul><li>Vibrant, disciplined culture </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary challenges </li></ul><ul><li>“ Genesis Tree” Program </li></ul><ul><li>Creative systems for Nthn Hem comp’n </li></ul><ul><li>IT Beijing Project (24/7) </li></ul>
  19. 19. NLE …How? <ul><li>Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment & Transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulating Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic yet flexible approach </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>NLE </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships…OPENNESS </li></ul><ul><li>Coach/Athlete </li></ul><ul><li>Close…committed to “the search” </li></ul><ul><li>Support personnel </li></ul><ul><li>The solid sphere of interdependencies (Roger Flynn) </li></ul><ul><li>Training Components </li></ul><ul><li>“… the system’s organisation is independent of the properties of its components…” </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Web of Life’ - Fritjof Capra (1997) </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>NLE </li></ul><ul><li>2. Empowerment to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>recognise human capacities and opportunities for transformation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>apply the human capacity to self-organise </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>NLE </li></ul><ul><li>3. Stimulating Environment, focused upon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Change & transformation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-linear challenges </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>NLE </li></ul><ul><li>4. Systematic, yet flexible Approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility to stimulate Emergence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holistic monitoring and review </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. NLE TRANSFORMATION <ul><li>START NOW! </li></ul><ul><li>Gymnastics-based training </li></ul><ul><li>Links to the Arts - Dance, Ballet, Music </li></ul><ul><li>Martial Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Yoga, Meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Awareness </li></ul>
  25. 25. CONCLUSION: Here’s the challenge … Are YOU and YOUR SYSTEMS GOOD ENOUGH to FULLY ADOPT NLE ?
  26. 26. <ul><li>CHALLENGE </li></ul><ul><li>Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Your sport </li></ul><ul><li>Your support personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Your athletes </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>CAN YOU… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think like an ARTIST? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DANCE with the opportunities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use DIVERSITY? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INNOVATE wildly? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dare to be OUTRAGEOUS? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Float with Dynamic Balance? </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Limitations are generally personally or culturally imposed and rarely reflect the real capacities of the athlete… ACCEPT NO LIMITS … NLE
  29. 29. Thanks for reading Please visit me at Or via Twitter at @pspence5