The Players Program: A Blueprint for Building Championship Teams

likefollow In an age of multi million-dollar contracts, cut throat competition and unprecedented media exposure, athletes have more bargaining power than ever, and loyalty seems like a thing of the past. The most successful programs accumulate more talent than their competitors, but it’s not all about good recruiting, shrewd trading and huge salaries. Winning programs […]

Transforming the team of champions into the champion team: Ideology

likefollow We’ve all watched those teams who frequently fail to deliver despite being stacked with talent, flush with resources support and opportunity. ‘The champion team always beats the team of champions’, is a cliché’ proven time and time again in sport, particularly during the playoffs. Commentators often talk about chemistry, cohesion and camaraderie as if […]

How to have the Hard Conversations

likefollow Difficult conversations are part and parcel of coaching. ‘You missed selection’. ‘You’re being benched’. ‘We’re letting you go’. None of these topics are particularly appealing, but there is no way around them. No one enjoys being the bearer of bad news, it can feel like we have to choose between being honest, and being […]

On Creating a Culture of Excellence Part 2: Four Pillars for Performance & Engagement

likefollow There are four key principles, which are essential in the motivation and engagement of people. These four principles if embedded into any program and culture will improve productivity, performance, resilience and retention. People thrive when we allow and encourage: AUTONOMY:The freedom and flexibility to carve their own path… MASTERY: Within a transparent environment that […]

On Science & Data In Sport Part 1: The implications of data science for elite sport.

likefollow “Where there is a wealth of information, there is a poverty of attention” – Herbert Simon. In 2003, award winning non-fiction writer Michael Lewis published ‘Moneyball’. In his book, Lewis tells the tale of Billy Beane, the cash strapped manager of the Oakland A’s who orchestrated the longest winning streak in pro baseball history, […]