The Ripple Tank

The Ripple Tank

By Mark Cheney
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.
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Ep. 1.12 - Check Yourself and Change Your Mindset
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.
10:00
May 11, 2020
Ep. 1.11 - Unlimited Pie: Mindset and the Success of Others
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.
08:07
April 25, 2020
Ep. 1.10 - "I yell because I care?" Feedback and Mindset
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.
09:17
April 15, 2020
Ep. 1.9 - Limit challenges, or challenge limits?
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.
09:12
April 6, 2020
Ep. 1.8 - Mindset's relationship with failure
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.
08:14
March 29, 2020
Ep. 1.7 - A mindset's impact on effort
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.
10:34
March 23, 2020
Episode 1.6 - An Introduction to Mindset
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.
10:00
March 15, 2020
Episode 1.5 - Measuring and Training Mental Toughness
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.
18:18
February 22, 2020
Episode 1.4 - I know it when I see it - defining mental toughness
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.
12:54
February 3, 2020
Episode 1.3 - The surprising benefits of mental toughness
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.
10:27
January 25, 2020
Episode 1.2 - Coaching the Generations
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.
14:05
January 20, 2020
What is The Ripple Tank?
Just what is a ripple tank, and what does it have to do with performance?  In this introduction to the podcast, check out some of the ideas driving its origin and what we hope to accomplish.
06:24
January 13, 2020