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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Basketball: Numbers Game, Thinking 10-10-10

What are the short, intermediate, and long-term consequences of our decisions? Suzy Welch shares her 10-10-10 strategy, the calculus of 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years. Everyone's situation is unique. 

As a sixty-something year-old physician and basketball coach, my obligation is mostly to others. But decisions still have personal consequences. What if I eat Belgian chocolates for breakfast? What if I meditate more? What happens along that 10-10-10 continuum? 

Regret is our way of punishing ourselves twice. Don't, just don't. 

Embrace a morning routine; find a way to start the day productively. Read Tim Ferriss' thoughts

For bigger decisions, do your premortem analysis. What have others done in this situation? What are the risks and benefits? What inputs bias us? 

Use checklists
-Get good shots and prevent opponents' good shots. 
-Separate and prevent separation. 
-Take care of the ball and force opponents mistakes. 

Underappreciated stuff matters
- Don't double down on a mistake.
- Transition defense assigns responsibility.
- Possession is not established under secured in the hands of a competent handler. 
- Good players seldom commit bad fouls.
- Disallow shot turnovers. My coach used alliteration. "$#it shots." It worked.  

What does my team need now? For those next ten minutes (or even ten seconds), what's your best ATO (after timeout), BOB, SLOB, man-to-man play, zone scoring play? 

Do our players have situational awareness to effect Commander's Intent? Read the Compendium on Mission Tactics. "Fundamentally, the concept of intent rests on the notion that the reason a commander assigns a task, that is, its purpose, is more important than the task. The idea is to provide the why of a mission." Team clarity follows leadership clarity. 

Decisions impact 10 minutes, 10 months, 10 years. Use the 10-10-10 system to think deeper and plan better at home, at work, on the court. 

Lagniappe: "Force to Tape" (Kevin Eastman)

We play man defense. Allow "no middle" or "no paint." Kevin Eastman puts masking tape at key areas and teaches players to FORCE TO TAPE. Clarity. Simplicity. Victory. 

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