Software Update


Self-awareness is a critical skill set all leaders must possess. Leaders need to know the areas they struggle in to find the areas they need to improve.

  • Students will learn through a relative teaching concept how to grow their self-awareness habit
  • Students will go through an exploration process to assess their behaviors
  • Students will identify specific areas of growth and put a plan in place to attack those shortcomings
"Once I heard Software Update presented, it hit me… HARD. It reminded me that I need regular “updates” to my IOS. It allowed me to look at self-improvement in a completely new context."
Varsity Point Guard – Senior – Maryland High School

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Lesson Plan

Student Growth Areas

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Language Guide


Individual Operating System


An error, flaw or fault in ones IOS that produces an unexpected result and/or causes one to behave in unintended ways


The inner workings of who you are that drives what you do


The physical exterior one presents or portrays to others

Software Update

A removal of bugs with the addition of updates designed to enhance the current IOS

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Shareable Graphics

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Exercise Reminder Card

To emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned in this exercise with your players, download and share this graphic with them 24 hours after completing the exercise.

Quiz Questions

Exercise Slides

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Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • What is our “IOS?”
  • Why do we need to continually update our IOS?
  • What are three questions you should ask when evaluating your update?
Quiz Questions

At Home

Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.

Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.

  • Question: Why is it important to update ourselves like we update our phones?
  • Reflection: What bugs did you identify that need removing from your IOS?
  • Action: Discuss how you plan to update the bugs that need updating in your IOS.
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Teacher Reflection

Take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your students. 

What is one area of your IOS that could use an update? Spend a few minutes thinking about how you can put a plan into action to update part of your IOS.
Special Assignment

Special Assignment

Have students create a chart/spreadsheet where they can track the “bugs” that they will be working on updating. At the end of the week, have them update the status of each bug to:
  • Successfully updated
  • Still processing
  • Update failed
Encourage students to share their weekly progress with peers and have them turn in their updated spreadsheets each week.