Tag : mindset

The Curious Case of Nick Kyrgios

Up until about 12 months ago, when talking about Australian tennis you could quite comfortably lump Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios into the same too hard basket. Kyrgios had just returned from a ATP suspension for giving up during a match at the Shanghai Masters, whilst Tomic was embroiled in a war of words with Roger Federer after Rog suggested Bernard needed to work on his game. At the time Tomic was ranked 17th in the World – yes really – and Federer was pointing […]

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Chatting with Carol Dweck

Many of you would be well aware that much of my coaching and consulting work revolves around Mindset, and in particular the implications of Fixed and/or Growth Mindset thinking. The world’s leading researcher in this space is Professor Carol Dweck from Stanford University. She was in Australia last week and I caught up with her to chat about how her Mindset theories have been implemented, as well as some of the myths, misappropriations and challenges of Mindset. You can listen to […]

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Coaching: Do You Wanna Impress or Improve?

Imagine a young cricketer who is regarded as an excellent prospect. Let’s call her Sara. She gets selected for a representative training squad, thus getting access to a higher level of coaching than she has had before. As a right-hander, Sara regularly scores runs, but knows she has a weakness when a ball is pitched up on middle & leg stump. As the representative team meet for their first net session, Sara perceives this as her time to shine, to […]

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3 Myths of Mindset

A couple of years ago I tweeted – what I thought – was a great quote from Michael Clarke that illustrated an attitude that could be described as a growth mindset. I was surprised to receive a few responses along the lines of (and one verbatim): “But if he really had a growth mindset then he’d always believe he could improve”. I wrote about this in my latest Australian Teacher Magazine column with respect the nonsensical nature of this approach – specifically […]

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Could having goals contribute to depression?

We’re told that having goals is important. At school we teach kids the importance of them whilst there wouldn’t be a boardroom in the country that hasn’t hosted a goal-setting workshop. But what if your goals were making you depressed? Read on… Last week I ran 10km. It took me just over an hour. Whilst this time isn’t going to be setting any records I was pleased for one reason alone. It was the furthest I’d run in over 3 […]

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What Tennis Tantrums Teach Us…

Yesterday, Roger Federer won through to the semi-final at the Australian Open beating Tomas Berdych in straight sets. Nothing too surprising there you might suggest, given you know Roger but probably wouldn’t recognise Tomas even if you bumped into him on as he walked off court. But interestingly, Berdych beat Federer in their two previous encounters at Major tournaments and has accounted for him six times overall in all competitions. (Major tournaments differ from the regular ATP tour events as they are played […]

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Developing a Minecraft Mindset

What’s in this post: How I used Minecraft to discuss Mindset with kids for whom mainstream education doesn’t work Access to the materials I created in order for you to do similar if you wish Of late I’ve found myself working with kids from some fairly tough backgrounds. Whether it’s kids who are wards of the state, living in temporary shelter, or kids in mainstream settings who don’t hold out much hope for their future, I’ve been keen to explore how Carol Dweck’s […]

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Learning about Mindset from Stan

Up until around 12 months ago – unless you were a tennis fanatic – you’d probably not heard of Stanislas Wawrinka. The reason being, Stan is the second best tennis player in Switzerland. The best being… oh you know. Anyway, it was at the 2014 Australian Open when Wawrinka was drawn against Novak Djokovic – a bloke who had – till then – beaten Stan 14 times in their past 14 matches, including a 5 set thriller in the 2013 Aussie Open. Despite pundits saying […]

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If I was interviewing for teaching staff…

Recently I was chatting to a principal about what we would look for in potential staff members if we had the opportunity to build a school from scratch. I scribbled down some notes, and later copied them onto my Tablet. I tweeted it out on my #DoodlesByDan tag and within about 2 hours it had been retweeted over 100 times. It’s by far the most prolific response I’ve had to any of my tweets. Recently I was asked, if I […]

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What do we lose when everyone wins?

We won’t grow resilient kids if we only talk about resilience. Kids need to experience struggle, setbacks and failure if they are going to develop the skillset and mindset to be resilient. If a child only ever experiences success, then we as adults have failed. This is the topic of my latest #OffCampus segment for the Teachers Educational Review podcast. Check it out here:

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