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Are you relentlessly practising the basics?

By | David Klaasen | Helping You Create Clarity, Inspire Your People & Drive Performance | Retain your best people | Changing Management Mindsets and Behaviour | Practical Behaviour Analytics

Setting off into dense mist with snow stinging my face like tiny needles felt a bit crazy because I knew we were at the top of an unfamiliar piste with a steep descent of about 2000m ahead of us. The weather conditions had changed dramatically, however all the training and relentless practicing of the basics paid off. What would have been impossible only a couple of years ago was challenging but very achievable. Are you still practicing the basics in case the conditions become more challenging?

Awareness, skill and technique

Skiing requires an exceptional amount of awareness, skill and technique at many levels that can take years to develop. Each level of skill builds on the previous ones and enables you to tackle more challenging conditions with greater speed while remaining safe and avoiding serious accidents. It is a great metaphor for managing a business or team.

With skiing it’s all about how well you are using the ‘edge’ of your skis. As you acquire more awareness of good skiing posture, for example how to adjust your centre of gravity by leaning forwards and bending your legs in just the right way, you can shift your body weight from one leg to the other and alter the angle of your skis. This gives you more or less ‘edge’ because you are applying pressure to different parts of your skis.  The more edge you have the more control you have.

When you progress to ever steeper slopes you need to become more comfortable with body positions that are way out of your comfort zone and initially feel totally counter-intuitive because they are not natural and very different to what you are used to when walking or running on flat terrain.

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