The chance to hear and learn from leaders and highly successful people within their field of expertise with driven, thoughtful and innovative minds. From their upbringing, the obstacles they've faced and the success they've achieved, Andrew aims to unpack the framework for thinking, the approach, attitude and mental skills these people have used to build and refine themselves so you can take the learnings and apply them to your own life.
Ep 26 - Andrew Sturgess via Festival of Wellness
Today's guest is, well, me, but it serves as a dual purpose.
This week is mental health week, and today's host is a man by the name of Luke De Vincentis who has been running an initiative throughout the whole week in order to provide support, resources and bring awareness and attention to mental health as a society.
He has pulled together 25+ people to contribute wellness ideas, exercises, resources, philosophies and stories available for anyone in need, and as part of it he asked me to be involved and share my story. Head to the instagram page https://www.instagram.com/festival_of_wellness/ and check out some of the great content.
So this podcast serves as a dual purpose as a few people have been asking me for a while now to share my story and thoughts around leadership, but I have been reluctant to do so because the show is about me learning from others and sharing those learning's with you, but this is a fantastic initiative Luke has started and if my story or ideas help anybody in some way, shape or form, then I am only happy to share.
Please enjoy this chat and remember to take care of yourselves.
Ep. 25 - Ben McEvoy - Hawthorn Football Club 2x premiership player
Ben McEvoy is an AFL player for the Hawthorn Football Club, and with the AFL season for 2020 just finishing, he has currently played 222 AFL games, is a 2x premiership player and a member of the Hawthorn leadership group, plus at 31 years of age, he is playing some of the best football of his career as he looks ahead to 2021.
He was originally drafted to the St Kilda Football Club with pick 9 of the 2007 draft, the same year Matthew Kreuzer was taken at number 1. At just 18 years of age, he made his debut for the Saints in his first year, Rd 13 of 2008 against Fremantle and an opposition ruckman by the name of Aaron Sandilands who just happens to be the tallest player to ever play Aussie Rules standing at 211cm tall.
He played 91 games at St Kilda before unexpectedly being traded to Hawthorn ahead of the 2014 season, however it turned out to be a blessing for him as Hawthorn would win the premiership in 2014 and 2015 in his first two seasons at the club, making him a 2x premiership player in the process.
While Ben has same great accolades attached to his name now, it hasn't all been smooth sailing or an easy journey for him as he discusses throughout the episode. He has had to deal with some pretty extradorinaiy situations as an AFL player, patricianly during grand final week. In 2010 when at St Kilda and after playing majority of that season, including then preliminary final, he was dropped for the grand final the following week which was of course a draw, and recalled to play in the grand final replay the following week.
In 2014 when at Hawthorn, he didn't play in the preliminary final, but was called into the side for the grand final and tells a great story about that situation including a call from Chris Fagan and a discussion with Alistair Clarkson as he was on his way to play in the VFL grand final.
Throughout the episode, Ben is honest and open as we discuss his initial move from the country to the city to start his career, his nativity as he puts it, his training habits and mindset and how that has evolved over his career, how he attacks the off season and pre season, the grand final years, some turning points an light bulb moments, the traits of some of his great coaches and why his family and farming are pivotal to giving him balance and perspective on his AFL career.
Please enjoy this genuine and thorough conversation with Ben McEvoy.
Ep. 24 - Daniel Currie - former AFL player
Daniel Currie is a former AFL player for the Sydney, North Melbourne and Gold Coast Football Club's. Daniel is one of my close friends, so it is really nice to share this with others and display his humility, genuineness and positive attitude.
As you'll come to learn from this chat if you don't already know Daniel's story, he endured an AFL career that didn't have much luck along the way, nor does it reflect the level of persistence, commitment and professionalism he displayed through his career that spanned 10 years and returned him 10 games in that time.
It is a great story and experience for others to learn a lot from about facing adversity, continuing to show up and be the best version of yourself regardless of the situation or circumstance, and that although you have big intentions and hopes of achieving great things, you don't always get to choose your story, but you can control your response and reactions to it which is exactly how Daniel approached it.
Daniel holds a record I'm sure he wishes he didn't, that being the longest to make his AFL debut after being drafted. It took Daniel eight years, two AFL clubs, a delisting and a stint in the SANFL and living in three different states to be selected for his first game. That in itself says something about his determination to chase his dream, to control what he could, to see situations as challenges to overcome rather than road blocks, to continue to move forward and not dwell and most importantly, his character and the regard he is held in within the AFL industry for his remarkable resilience.
Throughout this episode, we discuss his long and arduous journey, beginning his AFL career in Sydney whilst still completing his year 12 studies in Melbourne, being delisted, the frustrations of being 2nd in line to Todd Goldstein, one of the AFL's most durable ruckman and arguably the competitions best ruckman still today, the process of rehab and facing multiple stints on the sideline through injury and his mindset and positive attitude that remained throughout his career despite the outcomes and reward not reflecting the investment and effort he was putting in.
Please enjoy this open and insightful conversation with Daniel Currie.
Ep. 23 - Jack Grimes - former Melbourne Football Club captain
Jack Grimes is a former AFL player for the Melbourne Football Club.
He was taken with pick 14 at the 2007 draft and would go on to play 100 AFL games across a nine year season, including co-captaining the side from 2012 - 2014 in what was a pretty challenging time both on and off field for the club.
Jack was just 22 years old when he and Jack Trengrove (20) were thrust into the position of co-captain of a club that was going through a rebuild. The appointment made him one of the youngest AFL captains in the history of the game of a club that, at the time, attracted plenty of external noise for the wrong reasons because of their lack of on field success during his tenure. Jack won just 24 of 100 games throughout his AFL career to paint a better picture.
On top of the lack of on-field success, Jack was unfortunately regularly plagued by soft-tissue injuries throughout his career and only twice played more than 15 games in a season with his best season coming in 2012 when he was appointed co-captain. He would play a career-high 21 games that year and finished runner-up in Melbourne's best and fairest award.
He stood down as co-captain heading into the 2015 season as he wanted to get back to focussing on his own game as he felt his form had suffered to some degree during his leadership tenure, but would be plagued by more injuries in 2015 and despite outstanding VFL form with the Casey Scorpions (Melbourne's reserves) in 2016, he managed just two senior games due to another rebuild and change of direction under new coach, Paul Roos, in what would ultimately be his last season at AFL level after being delisted at the end of that season.
At 27 years of age and with some other AFL interest circling, Jack decided against nominating for the draft and made himself unavailable to other clubs, subsequently putting an end to his career and exiting the AFL system. He instead chose to start the next phase of his life and transitioned into work running his PT studio JJ's Health and Fitness which is thriving and brings him joy.
Throughout this episode, we discuss all things leadership, how he approached it when he was appointed, how he felt throughout his tenure including the emotional ups and downs, what he would have liked to have known at the time and what he learnt about himself upon reflection. He talks openly and honestly about hard work, the process of tackling multiple injuries and how he lost some passion for the game and where and how he rediscovered it through 2016 as a VFL player.
Jack is also a long time personal friend of mine, so it was really nice to catch up and be able to share this with others. You will not meet a more caring and humble human.
Please enjoy this engaging conversation with Jack Grimes.
Ep. 22 - Dr Phil Jauncey - Performance Psychologist
Dr Phil Jauncey is a widely respected and heavily sought after leading performance psychologist who has worked with some of the biggest corporates and sporting teams here in Australia and globally.
He has developed a reputation within the sporting industry as someone who makes teams better with his depth of knowledge, his understanding of people and performance, and his contagious passion for life as you'll come to realise during this episode.
He has worked with teams such as the Australian Cricket team, the Sri Lanka Cricket team, the Bangladesh Cricket team, the Queensland Bulls Cricket team, the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL teams, English Rugby League teams, the Brisbane Lions AFL team during their three premierships in a row, the Australian Davis Cup team as well as attending three Olympic Games as a performance psychologist for various competitions.
He has been described as Wayne Bennett's right hand man having worked with Wayne at the Bronco's and more recently, at South Sydney due to Wayne's trust in Dr Phil's work.
Dr Phil has a personality profiling system that I was really intrigued to learn more about and its use in a sporting or corporate environment, and how personal differences impact on our approaches to life and our interactions with others.
To give some context before listening to the episode, he classifies people under four categories - Mozzie, Enforcer, Thinker, Feeler. You will come to learn what these are throughout the episode.
In this episode, we discuss his personality profiling, understanding self and others, the psychology of performance, how coaches and leaders can apply his work in their own environment plus much more.
Word of warning - Dr Phil is a mozzie, which means he likes to buzz around, is animated and he loves to talk. There is so much in this episode to unpack, but you need to be on your game to keep up with Dr Phil.
Please enjoy this entertaining and informative discussion with Dr Phil Jauncey.
Ep. 21 - Mark Brayshaw - AFL Coaches Association CEO
Mark Brayshaw is the current CEO of the AFL Coaches Association but has been involved in the AFL industry for many decades now and has held some pretty prominent roles in that time including marketing roles for Port Adelaide and Fremantle, board member of North Melbourne Football Club and CEO of Richmond Football Club.
Mark hails from Western Australia and comes from a strong sporting family with father, Ian, playing 101 first class cricket matches for Western Australia as well as State League football for WAFL club Claremont and brother James Brayshaw also represented Western Australia in cricket while Mark himself played 32 games for North Melbourne Football Club in the AFL and had a strong and distinguished career for Claremont in the WAFL also.
On top of all of what he has done both on and off the field, he now has the pleasure of watching three of his four sons run around at AFL clubs and support their journey.
Throughout our conversation, Mark discusses what it was like growing up in a strong sporting family and how that has now been passed down into his own family today, how he has managed and navigated his way through really uncertain times and mass job loss for coaches within the AFL industry, his growth and learnings from previous roles such as CEO of Richmond Football Club, where aspiring coaches should focus their development and the pillars that underpin coaching, plus his take on leadership.
Mark's passion and growth mindset shine through in this conversation and it is clear why he has continued to progress and evolve throughout the decades to be in the position he is now.
Please enjoy this enthusiastic and thorough conversation with Mark Brayshaw.
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