Learning from the Masters: Johan Cruyff

Does this sound “Lean” to you?

Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.

Before I make a mistake, I don’t make that mistake.

“Players that aren’t true leaders but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes.”

 In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker, and the striker the first defender.

Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.

“Cruyff had a home videocassette recorder before they were on the market. He had his own library of tapes on players who interested or inspired him.”

“There were moments in his living room when Cruyff rearranged the furniture and used cutlery, salt and pepper and even cigarette packets to illustrate a point.”

“When asked at what stage he might attempt a 40-yard pass as Germany’s Günter Netzer imperiously did, Cruyff responded: “I don’t answer. First, tell me who the pass is for?””

Quotes from:

60 Improvement – Meetup description

Thanks to@AWA #AWA for the ideas generated in their retrospective.

What We Learned at Our 1st World Retrospective Day Retro – Adventures with Agile

What We Learned at Our 1st World Retrospective Day Retro To mark the world’s first “world retrospective day” we teamed up with the #play14 London team to run a retrospective on the AWA community. We hadn’t done something like this before so we were extremely excited to see how the evening would play out and…

Lingvist – First Learnings & Clean Feedback

I´ve been trying Lingvist for 3 days now: I am at 289 words in Spanish.

What worked well for me:

Perception: Number of words learned
Inference: I am making progress
Impact: It keeps me motivated

Perception:  Showing number of words on scale of being able to read normal text (2000 words mean 80% (Pareto!))
Inference: I know where I am on the scale I want to reach. 80% is enough for me right now.
Impact: It gives me goal and context of what I am trying to achieve

Perception: When I get it wrong, it highlights the spelling mistake by making the letter red, not the whole word
Inference: That is the right focus, without being overly schoolmastery
Impact: I feel treated well as a student (not dwelling on the mistake)

Perception: When I get it wrong, sometimes it shows me explanations
Inference: That is thoughtful
Impact: I can learn from my mistake and understand the why

What didn´t work so well:

Perception: Challenges as a list
Inference: I am not sure which challenges to take
Impact: I am not particularly motivated to take the challenges

What I would have preferred:
Can you tell me what is the purpose of the challenges is and/or could you recommend challenges automatically based on best language acquisition practices?

Perception: 20 new words a day
Inference: for my goal of 80% (2000 words) this means it will take me 85 days
Impact: I am wondering if it would be a good thing to change to the premium plan to achieve that goal faster.

What I would have preferred:
Can you tell me how much time it approximately takes on a daily basis, so I know if that is feasible (and I don´t regret having the premium plan and not using it)?

Perception: I get info about adverbs but my question is about something else
Inference: I wonder if this is the right info at this point in time
Impact: I am somewhat disappointed to not get the info about “place” I want (ahi, alli etc.)

What I would have preferred:
Can you check if this the right info at the right time? I would have preferred to know more about the differences between locations.



How to lose an argument

This seems to be a perfect example of how to lose an argument.

Watch the video:

Watch Joe Kennedy III Demonstrate Why We Need Gun Reform – Now

Joe Kennedy III knows why we need gun reform. The U.S. Representative explained, “We heard it after Sandy Hook. You heard it after Aurora. You heard it after Arizona. That these mass shootings are the result of somebody suffering with mental illness and the only thing we can do is address this as a mental illness problem.

Two main points:

1. Still in the “mental health” frame = losing strategy. Is it that hard to understand?
The more you repeat their talking points, the slimmer your chances of winning the argument.

2. “If we do this, if we…” doesn’t show resolve or strength. Again a losing strategy.

Compare this to:

1. Gun safety appeals also to conservative/republican audience
NOT: gun control. Alternatives: Gun reform / School safety

2. How’s this for resolve?

“We came here prepared … we know what we want … we don’t have a choice …
we didn’t fail, the people around us failed us … we will vote you out …
they must do right by us or they will lose their jobs … this is to every lawmaker …
we will come after you … ”


This 17-year-old’s powerful message to our elected officials about gun safety is going viral.