We use The Ripple Tank as a tool to study the generation of ripples of influence. As students of performance excellence, we explore how to get better at the things you love to do. We believe that everything and every day is a performance. Designed for athletes, coaches, students, teachers, parents, and leaders, this podcast looks to share evidence-based research and the creative ideas needed to convey it in a way that is easily understood.
If the ability to learn quickly is a key advantage, what are some ways to do that? In this quick-hitting episode, we cover a series of memory techniques that are research-based, user-friendly, and immediately applicable. Approaches such as dual coding, memory palaces, and chunking utilize the brain's strengths to store information in long-term memory. Learn how to put them to use in this episode of The Ripple Tank.
For 40 years, American education has tried to raise test scores by increasing class time and reducing recess, PE, and the arts. It hasn't worked. For thousands of years, humans have recognized the importance of movement. Now, the neuroscience has caught up and shows us that exercise is essential for learning. Learn the details behind the use of exercise as a learning strategy in this episode of The Ripple Tank.
Metacognition - thinking about thinking - is an exceptionally aspect of learning. Mindlessly going through lessons, practices, and meetings is a waste of an opportunity. Instead, by understanding how the brain works, directing your attention, planning your path, assessing your progress, and reflecting on your learning, you can become a learner, and not just learned.
Have you ever thought you knew a concept, only to have it vanish when you really needed it? It can happen when you really upon recognition, rather than retrieval practice. If you have to produce on command, then you better practice producing on command. Retrieval practice focuses on pulling information out of your head, as opposed to cramming it in. This episode focuses on how to implement retrieval practice in school, sport, and business.
Like many of us, I learned some new skills during quarantine. The way I learned them, however, seems counterintuitive. Rather than work on them every day, I frequently took days, or even weeks, off between practice sessions. But I still improved, sometimes significantly. How did I do it? I was utilized spaced practice - the distribution of practice over intervals of time. Spaced practice is a more effective approach to learning as compared to massed practice. Learn how it works and how to integrate it in our second episode of a series focused on learning.
Don Bradman was the greatest cricketer of all time. Why? Because he stumbled upon a powerful learning strategy. We live in a time where independent learning is more important than ever, yet schools don't teach students how to learn, they teach them what to learn. When the responsibility for education now lies squarely on the student, knowing how to learn is more critical than ever before. In this episode, we kick off a new series on learning strategies. Each week, we'll cover a new strategy, and bust some myths along the way.
As we wrap up this series on mindset, it's important to reminder that we can fall into a fixed mindset just as easily as those we lead. Learn how to self-evaluate, and more importantly, how to change your organizational culture to that of a growth mindset.
How would you respond to the success of the individual who took your job? How would you respond to a rival's achievements? The answer to those questions speaks to your mindset. Learn how Marcus Mariota's response revealed his mindset as we continue our series on growth and fixed mindsets.
Do you respond favorably to feedback, or do you get defensive? The answer to that question might reveal your mindset. In this episode, we look at how a coach yelling at you might be a good thing, and how the lack of that feedback might not be a good sign. Tune in as we continue our series on growth and fixed mindsets, and their response to feedback.
Laura Wilkinson is the only American woman to win Olympic gold in 10 m platform diving, yet she was "too old" to start the sport, a "waste of space" on her high school time, and entered the 2000 Olympics with a broken foot. Twenty years later, her comeback has been delayed by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. Her view of challenge is the perfect example of a growth mindset performer. Learn how her approach differs from that of a fixed mindset, and how you can help others develop this same attitude.
Nick Foles says that he has fallen thousands of times, yet he became the MVP of the Super Bowl. There's only one explanation, and that is his embracing of a growth mindset. In this episode, we look at how growth and fixed mindsets relate to failure. The implications are considerable and of great importance to teachers, coaches, and leaders.
In the second episode of our series on Mindset, we learn how Freddie Gillespie advanced from limited playing time at a D-III school to starting for Baylor University, one of the top basketball teams in the country. Along the way, we'll look at how an athlete's mindset determines their approach to effort and hard work.
We kick off a new series today, focusing on the concept of Mindset. Researched and identified by Dr. Carol Dweck at Stanford University, the concept of fixed and growth mindsets has broad implications for all types of performance - athletics, academics, the arts, leadership, and even relationships. Each episode will use stories and examples to highlight the differences between the two mindsets.
In our previous episodes, we've talked about the benefits and definition of mental toughness. What everyone really wants to know, however, is how to measure and train mental toughness. In this episode, we explain exactly how to measure and develop it.
Mental toughness is a valued commodity among performers, but actually defining it has challenged the field of performance and sport psychology for over 20 years. In this episode, we'll discover what researchers have found, and then distill it down to a functional definition.
This episode kicks off a series on mental toughness. Everyone says that it's important, but few agree on what it is, how to measure it, and how to develop it. A deep dive into the research literature took me to some unexpected places. In this episode, we'll lay out some surprising benefits of mental toughness off the field and in the classroom and workplace.
If you have taught, coached, or led for any period of time, you're well aware that there are distinct differences in the generations. In particular, just what are the generational differences that ripple through performance, especially in regards to Millennials and Generations Z? Tune in to learn more about how to better connect with and coach these generations.