How important is relevant research?

To take a deep approach to learning you need intellectual curiosity. This implies asking questions, conducting relevant research and not being trapped in a world of hearsay and storytelling. Questions like how, why and why-not must be in the forefront of your mind. In addition, you must be mindful not to suffer from premature curiosity [...]

Can you become effective and efficient?

Once we have embraced lifelong learning by ridding ourselves of competence delusion and we become aware of the problems that affect our competence, we are faced with deciding what to learn. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and immobilised by the endless data on the World Wide Web and the variety of courses open to us. [...]

How many sport coaches suffer from competence delusion?

Many people are occupying jobs and it seems, because they have a job title, they make the assumption that they are competent when they often are not. Is this competence delusion?  I have come across several sports coaches that have the job of a coach but their formal training to be a coach took about [...]

Bend trend lines with the power of innovation and optimism

 Bill Gates, writing on innovation and optimism in the New Statesman, claims that it seems wise to ask whether or not we can secure enough food to eat in the future. He adds that there are plenty of pessimists about food security, but believes the smart money is on optimism. He claims; Pessimists, extrapolate from [...]

Challenge your assumptions

Assumptions often become the default truth. I recall an assumption that was accepted as truth by the community in my first employment. The assumption was that the dog food factory had to generate an awful smell.  I was appointed as the production manager and one of the products under my jurisdiction was canned pet food. [...]

Be optimistic, invent, innovate, reinvent and improvise

To enable yourself and others who work with you, to take calculated risks you need to create a culture where optimism, creative imagination, invention, innovation, re-invention and improvisation are normative practices to you and those who look to you for leadership. Creating this culture starts with including it in your strategy. Everyone needs to understand [...]

When taking risks protect against the extreme downside

Not everyone is suited to take risks like an entrepreneur, but anyone can benefit from taking calculated risks. It’s worth noting though that many South Africans become situational risk takers and therefore entrepreneurs because of the high rate of unemployment and other social factors. However, Richard Branson is an entrepreneur by choice. He claims that [...]

Position yourself optimally

Calculated risks are aimed at positioning you optimally relative to your intention and the threat posed by your opposition.  To take calculated risks you need to let go of some of the comforts and security of the known and accept some of the discomfort and insecurity of the unknown. For example, a Grizzly bear when [...]

Calculated risks bring new opportunities and new hazards

Benchmarking the best practice is a great way to improve your performance. But it must be done with the understanding that you cannot become the best by imitating the best. At best you will become second best. In the context of Mental Toughness you need to take calculated risks beyond benchmarking to create new value.  [...]