Connecting the Dots


Perhaps I am borderline ADD, but as soon as I start to answer a question or explore something new my mind starts racing with ideas that connect. Some of the ideas are dead ends but others have proved very productive. Sometimes this frustrated me especially in school where everything was boxed in and rigid, it did not make for a great academic record until somehow, I got into graduate school at Stanford. All of a sudden, I found out that connecting the dots was what creative, productive people did. Being on a campus like Stanford with experts in so many disciplines opened a whole new world for me. Sometimes I would run into people that were so specialized they could not communicate outside their specialty. More often it was the opposite those that were great in one field were polymaths. Their interests were broad and deep. In the subsequent year’s I have specialized in being a generalist. I have spent countless hours connecting dots. Some of which at first seemed unconnected or perhaps unconnectable until I dug a bit deeper. I had to get away from conventional wisdom, the textbook if you will and see the world with different eyes.

Here are a few thoughts on connecting the
dots that may help you:

    “ABCD – Always be connecting the dots” Danny Myer, Founder of Shake Shack

    Look for the spaces between the spaces

    Fill in the blanks – Exploit space

    Make no assumptions

    Much of coaching is managing chaos, making chaos normal so you can do something about it.

    Connect a known idea in one field with an unknown idea in another field and run with it.

    Always read the fine print

    One person’s noise is another person’s music

    No physical quality exists in isolation. Therefore, they cannot be trained in isolation.

    “FIO – Figure it out” Dan Noble

    Look for structure where there is apparently none

    GAIN Vision

    Always look under the hood!

    It’s there you just have to look for it

    “Question are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go.” Clay Christensen, Harvard Business School

    Mix and remix ideas, disconnect and reconnect

    Vern Gambetta

    Vern Gambetta

    Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
    Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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