The Art of Reflection and Football…

To my great surprise 15 years ago I moved from Melbourne to Sydney. I moved from the mecca of Australian rules football (where I loathed the game) to a new place, where by some strange coincidence found myself at the SCG with a red and white scarf on, cheering my lungs out for my new found team…yes, I had become a football tragic and a Swan’s fan.

What I found most appealing about the Swans was the coach Paul Roos. Not only because he was tall, dark and handsome with a very calm exterior, he was uncommonly wise and much of his coaching I think resonated across disciplines from the footy field to the office space.

One of the greatest cross overs for me was the power of REFLECTION.

Footy players are trained, not only to kick and catch balls but to spend considerable time in reflection. Watching past games, reviewing their strengths and weaknesses and after every game keep a journal to write down their reflections – what did they learn and what will they do differently next time…

It occurred to me.. How far removed are we from the footy field? If you have visions of hearing the crowds roar each time you log off your computer for a job well done…think again. Yet what can we learn from their disciplines.

I had a meeting with a client two weeks ago. She advised in the meeting (with a rather frazzled tone) that I was one of 11 meetings she had on that day. You don’t have to be a mathematician to realise that 11 meetings in an 8 hour period proves challenging. Yet she is not alone. How often do we run from one meeting to the next with barely a breathe in-between only to collapse at the end of the day with a list of to do‘s the size of Mt Kilimanjaro?

Imagine a new world. Imagine learning from our football friends.

Imagine walking past a room and finding someone with their journal in between meetings. In the quiet art of reflection. Pausing and breathing and considering how they went in their last meeting, what they learnt, writing down their observations before moving on with a renewed sense of purpose and intention to their next meeting room. How would this change the level of conversation and outcomes?

I wonder… something worth reflecting on!

This post is written by Johanna Kerrigan, Director, Be Learning