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We explore leadership through the lens of high performance sport, by interviewing great coaches from around the world, to try and find ideas to help all of us be better leaders.
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The Great Coaches: Leadership & Life Paul Barnett & Jim Woolfrey

    • Sport
    • 4.9 • 43 Ratings

We explore leadership through the lens of high performance sport, by interviewing great coaches from around the world, to try and find ideas to help all of us be better leaders.
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    On Legendary Coaches

    On Legendary Coaches

    Today’s episode focuses on the topic of Legendary Coaches and I am joined for the discussion by Dr David Turner at Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching at ARU in Cambridge in the UK, and Valorie Kondos Field, universally known as Ms Val. Both have been on the podcast before Dr David in his role as a leading academic on coaching and Ms Val as a Great Coach. Ms Val led the t UCLA gymnastics team from 1991 to 2019, collecting the seven national Championships along the way and she now leads the course “Transformative Coaching. Introduction to Philosophies of Coaching and Leadership” at UCLA.
     
    I have been looking forward to getting Dr David and Ms Val together for a long time now to talk about the Great Coaches they lecture on in their programs and today is a master class in what they have learnt on their teaching journeys.
     
    If you would like to send us any feedback or if you know a great coach, who has a unique story to share, then we would love to hear from you, please contact us at paul@thegreatcoachespodcast.com or contact us through our website thegreatcoachespodcast.com


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sir Matt Busby

    Sir Matt Busby

    Sir Matt Busby was the Head Coach or as they say in Soccer, Manager, for Manchester United from 1945 until 1969.
    He was the first manager of an English team to win the European Cup which he did in 1968. As a player he won the FA cup with Manchester City and as Manager, won it twice. He also won the League title on 5 occasions. But as you will hear in this podcast, it’s not necessarily the titles that make him a Great Coach.
    It’s the way he helped Manchester rebuild after the second world war. And then, the way he and his team responded to the tragic events of 1958. When the team were traveling home from a European Cup match when their plane crashed on the runway. In total 23 people died, including 8 Manchester United payers, while 2 other players were injured so badly they never played again.
    Matt Busby died in 1994, and in this episode, I am going to create a posthumous discussion with him based on his words as read by a voice actor. I used 3 books to create this discussion, 2 of which he wrote.
    Sir Matt Busby by Patrick Barclay
    Soccer At The Top: My Life in Football by Matt Busby
    Matt Busby My Story as told to David R. Jack
    This episode was challenging to put together, but it was also fascinating given the present state of his beloved Manchester United in 2024 season and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
    If you would like to send us any feedback or if you know a great coach, who has a unique story to share, then we would love to hear from you, please contact us at paul@thegreatcoachespodcast.com or contact us through our website thegreatcoachespodcast.com

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    • 32 min
    On Emotional Control

    On Emotional Control

    Todays episode is on Emotional Control
     
    And I am joined for the discussion by 3 Dr’s.
     
    Dr. Michael Mantell who among many things has been the Chief Psychologist for San Diego’s Children’s Hospital and the San Diego Police Department, as well as working with elite athletes.
    Website:
    https://drmichaelmantell.com/
    LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaelmantell
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/drmichaelmantell/
    Email:
    drmantell@me.com
     
    Dr. Darin Davidson, an Orthopedic surgeon who also coaches professionals in high demand, high pressure environments.
    Website:
    www.darindavidson.com
    LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/darin-davidson-md-mhsc-frcsc-1478a974
    Email:
    darin@darindavidson.com
     
    And Dr. Brendan Meany a sport and performance psychology, whose work focuses on optimizing individual and group performance
    Website:
    UpDocYoga.com
    LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendan-meany-edd-54a99393/
    Email:
    brendanmeany44@gmail.com
     
    Together they are known as the performance doctors and pool their talents to help teams and individuals improve their emotional control.
     
    If you would like to send us any feedback or if you know a great coach, who has a unique story to share, then we would love to hear from you, please contact us at paul@thegreatcoachespodcast.com or contact us through our website thegreatcoachespodcast.com

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    • 39 min
    Lin Dunn

    Lin Dunn

    Linn Dunn is an American basketball coach.
    She coached for 25 seasons at the college level, winning 447 games and going to the NCAA championships on 7 occasions. She then went on to be first coach and GM of the Seattle Storm in the WNBA, bringing superstars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird into the team. In 2009 she was then appointed head coach of the Indiana Fever, and in 2012 that team go on to win the WNBA championship.
    She has also coached at the Olympics and World Championships with the USA women's team. Has been named coach of the year on 4 occasions and is a member of seven different athletic halls of fame.
    At 74 years of age she has now returned to the Indiana Fever as the GM.
    If you would like to send us any feedback or if you know a great coach, who has a unique story to share, then we would love to hear from you, please contact us at paul@thegreatcoachespodcast.com or contact us through our website thegreatcoachespodcast.com

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    • 30 min
    On Leadership Traits

    On Leadership Traits

    In this podcast we explore the Leadership traits that we have found from analyzing the transcripts of the 200+ Great Coaches we have interviewed.
    If you would like to test your leadership against theres you can take our free, anonymous diagnostic here: https://thegreatcoachespodcast.com/survey-intro/


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    • 26 min
    Ante Milicic

    Ante Milicic

    Ante Milicic is an Australian soccer Coach and former professional player. As a player he represented Australia and won National Championships and was the first player to score a hat-trick in the A-League. After retiring he moved in to coaching straight away with becoming player/coach for Sydney United in 2009. At the same time he became an Assistant coach for the Australian U20 team. From there he was an assistant coach to Ange P at the 2014 WC in Brazil and the 2015 victorious Asian Cup as well as assistant to Bert Van Marjwick at the 2018 WC in Russia. In 2019 he was appointed as the Australian Womens National Coach and led them to the Round of 16 at the World Cup. In 2020 he was then named as the inaugural Head Coach for the new National league Mens team Macarthur.
    Some of the key highlights are
    How he talks about his first task when taking over the Matilda’s was to ask all the staff to present their role and responsibilities to him. And how this brought a level of calmness to the group.How his time coaching both men and women at the elite level has taught him about the importance of taking time with players as individuals and helping them prepare through either technical or emotional information.How the feeling that he didn’t do enough with the talent he had as a player now shapes the way he works with helping people develop mental strength.
    If you would like to send us any feedback or if you know a great coach, who has a unique story to share, then we would love to hear from you, please contact us at paul@thegreatcoachespodcast.com or contact us through our website thegreatcoachespodcast.com

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Ben J Phillips ,

Brilliant Podcast

This is my favourite podcast. Learning from coaches who are willing to impart knowledge and experience is simply brilliant.

Paul does a great job asking thought provoking questions that get to the essence a being an effective coach.

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Great chat with a great coach. Awesome to Listen to Brendan articulate his thoughts. Great interview style - ask the question and sit back and enjoy! Thanks

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Under 12 Basketball

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I coach Under 12 Basketball, I believe in a fun safe environment with respect and accountability. Giving kids life skills.
The podcast gives me lots of great ideas to help with talking to kids.
Thank you

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