The Predictability and Perfection Traps: Stifling Creativity

There are two general ways to improve performance: decrease negative plays and increase positive plays. In Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insight, Gary Klein used the equation:

Performance Improvements = Reduce Errors and Uncertainty + Increase Insights 

Klein’s focus was improving the creativity or insights of organizations, but many of his thoughts apply to basketball players, coaches, and teams. Klein argued that organizations fall into two traps (predictability and perfection) that stifle insights or original thinking.  […]

Speed of Thought in Sports

Originally published by Los Angeles Sports & Fitness, November/December 2013.

“Speed kills” is a mantra popularized by an anti-drug campaign in the 1980s and by former Oakland Raiders head coach and owner Al Davis. The mantra, in part, has led the NFL to obsess over 40-yard dash times by NFL draft prospects even though few plays require players to run 40 yards in a straight line. In team sports, speed is a valued quality, but our understanding of speed in team games often is misunderstood.  […]

Coaching a European Club – Week 13

Our regular league game was moved until Monday this week, and our opponent canceled (forfeited) our u20 team game about 2 hours prior to tip-off on Saturday, so no games to report. Naturally, with a game on Monday instead of Saturday, players took the opportunity to make weekend plans and skip Friday’s practice, so we again had three real practices this week. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the return from military duty from one of our guys at our Friday practice.  […]