The other week I was down at the athletics track coaching discus. A whole lot of ‘little athetics' kids ran over and started enthusiastically throwing their what seemed tiny discuses. I asked some of them whether they wanted me to make any comments about their throwing technique.
I sensed one kid was keen to listen so I spoke about the way the discus left his hand as he threw. I first commented about it coming out of the back of the hand instead of the front .The next throw he did exactly as before, there was no change to his technique. You could see though he was really trying to understand what I had said and improve his throwing.
I recognised his confusion and searched for some other relevant comments. Before he threw his next effort I said to him, focus your attention on throwing the discus clock wise. As I spoke he followed me circling my finger in a clockwise direction.
The next throw this young athlete threw the discus clockwise and was wrapped to get some more distance. He was also appreciative of the reinforcing feedback I gave him.
What went on in this interaction? Why did he seem to understand more clearly the symbolism I presented to him? How did he convert his thinking into action? There are many reasons that can explain what happened. I would really love to have your comments. What do you think? Was it the interaction, my understanding of his Psychological Type or plain luck? How does this relate to your work environment? Contact me on Facebook or email so we can start a conversation.
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