This news article is about how one cricket legend gave a few pointers to a current cricketer and it worked out really well with him getting the highest ever world cup score – Martin Crowe mentoring Martin Guptill before his 237*.
I watched the game. It was awesome. Deserved pats on the back all round.
A key point of Crowe’s advice for the batsman was to look for the gaps not the fielders. It seems a common approach is for batsmen to spend those few moments before they get bowled at looking around at the fieldsmen so as not to hit the ball at them. Crowe flipped that logic. Genius in its simplicity. Remember those old psychology experiments asking participants to not think of a polar bear and that was instantly all anyone could think of? Don’t look down. Don’t spill the milk. Damn you brain.
Tell people what to do not what not to do. Focus on the gaps.
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My latest podcast, this one on the subject of grit. Supposedly grit / determination / perseverance / resilience is one of the greater characteristics of successful people. Obviously, there’s a time to walk away and not flog a dead horse but I talk about some of the research substantiating that idea. Certainly people who constantly give up are more likely to not be successful. Wasn’t it Homer Simpson who said, “Trying is the first step to failing.”
I blog about engaging people – employees, customers, people generally. One major tool for achieving that is feedback, in the broadest sense of the word. I also have a bit of a sideline as a stand-up comedian. I have a show in the comedy festival coming up in May. As part of that, the festival folk run a series of shows beforehand as mini preview workshops. It’s a weird and surreal experience as a performer. Performing stand-up isn’t that normal generally but this is really putting ourselves out there.
The format has an MC who’s more of a facilitator. The ticket is free and the show is advertised as what it is – not a normal show. The crowd on my night was a whole lot of people who seemed to really know their comedy as consumers or fans or officionados. They were a good test crowd generally. They laughed if they thought it was funny and they didn’t if they didn’t. Which is what you want as a performer trying out stuff en masse for the first time. Each performer did 15 minutes then sat on a chair on stage for 10 minutes while the MC facilitated out questions to the audience. I’ve been doing comedy for 10+ years and I regret not having an experience like this sooner – undiluted, instant, specific reactions. Plus a fair few new ideas to build the content.
I thought it might be a good blog topic as I walked away, abuzz to get writing and re-writing the comedy but with a parallel thought as to how much this would be a useful idea to anyone in any kind of job. Plumbers, salespeople, neuro-surgeons (they don’t like being called ‘brain surgeons.’ You know what they say about brain surgery? It’s not neuro-surgery!)
The very next day I was running a training workshop (or as I like to call them, a ‘learning workshop. It was on communication for a team of sales reps for a wine brand. I told them the comedy lab story and they took it on board and put it in play for their own workshop.
It really worked.
Maybe ask yourself, how can you set up an environment at your workplace for newbies or not-so-newbies to bolster their ‘performance’ and hone their ‘material’ in a safe but constructively challenging way?