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Mon, 27 May


St Albans

Learn how to escape always being told what to do

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Learn how to escape always being told what to do

Time & Location

27 May 2019, 19:00

St Albans, St Albans, UK

About the event

This talk is mainly for players. Especially young people.

Jon will share 2 things.

1. How to escape always being told what to do by developing your ability to ...

  • Make good judgements on when to do as instructed and when to try different ways to find a better way. To be able to spot when a different way is not working and stop doing it. To spot when a different way is working and perfect it.

  • Do enough pre planning to get your teammates going in the same direction while maintaining individual and team freedom to adapt as quickly as possible.

2. How to develop good judgement by seeing that in life, there are no right answers, only answers. Yes, there are right answers to pass exams, but life is not an exam.

If you develop these life skills you are more likely to get jobs with a freedom to find your own way. And more able to avoid the jobs where you are always told what to do and punished if you make any mistakes.

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About Jon Thorne

I was enjoying a challenging career developing new ways for leaders to manage large, complex global networks of people when it became apparent that my primary school children had become mentally fragile. They were full of doubt and anxiety from failing at school.

After a period of time trying to help my children become more resilient and more able to bounce back and succeed at school it became clear that my absence at work was making the situation worse.

I gave up work and with support from Debbie, Josh and Arran, I developed the methodology to coach our 2 boys not just to be robust and resilient in resisting the constant barrage of misplaced criticism, but to enhance their ability to adapt and thrive when things didn't go their way, to recognise the opportunity for growth offered by volatility, disorder, and randomness and to relish adventure, risk and uncertainty. Massively important as life skills, they have provided the foundation for my success in coaching sport in general and are fundamental in the development of "mental fitness" to improve sporting performance at all levels.

If wind blows out a candle and energises fire... my kids are now the fire and wish for the wind - A slightly modified quote from Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I am now the founder of which is a startup to respond to planned systems of education teaching young people to do as planned and be as planned in a 21st century where little will go to plan.

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