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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

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    • 4.9 • 41 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 A Second Set of Eyes

    On A Second Set of Eyes

    Today’s episode is focuses on the topic of A Second Set of Eyes.
     
    And we are joined for the conversation by Cody Royle. Cody is an author, podcast host and a Coach of elite level sports coaches and he has just written a fantastic book called a second set of eyes.
     
    Some of the highlights from this interview with Cody are:
     
    The idea of helping the coaches he works with to in his words Coach free, a state where they can intuitively use their innate knowledge and not be distracted in a game situation. The idea that Coaching high performance knowledge work and there are things you can di to facilitate a better environment for this work. And his own purpose which he describes as wanting to rehumanize coaching 
     You can find out more about Cody on his website. He is also very active on Twitter.
      
    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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    • 40 min
    Mike Thibault

    Mike Thibault

    Mike Thibault is an American Basketball coach.
    He started his career as a scout with the LA Lakers in 1978, eventually becoming an Assistant Coach. He was working with the team in 1980 when they won the NBA championship. He then moved to the Chicago Bulls where he worked as a Director of Scouting and Assistant Coach, and was in the room when the Bulls chose Michael Jordan in the draft. He has gone on to work with the Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Seattle SuperSonics, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Connecticut Sun, as well as being part of the basketball staff for the USA women’s team that won the Olympic Gold medal in 2008. He was most recently the Head Coach of the Washington Mystics in the WNBA and led that team to the 2019 championship.
    This is a master class of an interview and some of the take aways for me were:

    How honesty is the number attribute that a coach at any level needs. And how as the leader you needed to bring in people to be honest with you.How his time working at the LA Lakers when Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar taught him that its never about you as the coach but instead how well the team work together.How you priority should be getting better at your current job not looking for your next job, and he talks about how he had to learn this early in his career. The importance of emotional control even if it is not something that you are particularly good at.
    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
    On People Skills

    On People Skills

    Today’s episode is on the topic of People Skills, and we are joined for the discussion by Allistair McCaw.
    Allistair is that rare person who excels across disciplines and industries. In addition to being an author who has sold over 300,000 books, his podcast ranks in the top 1% in the world, and for the last 25 years he has also consulted and worked with Olympic Gold Marriage, Grand Slam Champions, Fortune 500 companies, NCAA Colleges, and Professional sports teams. And you will hear him mention some of the these in this terrific interview.
    Allistair also has a fantastic social media presence.
    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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    • 31 min
    Noel Donaldson

    Noel Donaldson

     Noel Donaldson is a rowing coach.
    He was a coxswain and competed at the 1979 world championships and then transitioned in to coaching in 1980.
    In the 1990 in began coaching Australia’s Oarsome Foursome, who won Olympic Golds in 1992 and 1996 and 5 world championships. He also coached Georgina Douglas to World Championships in 1998 and 1999. In 2013 became the coach of the New Zealand team of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray who also won back to back Olympic Gold medals.
    Noel is a serial winning coach whose wisdom transcends sport. Some of the key highlights of the interview are:
     
    The importance on treating each new campaign as something separate from the last one. And setting goals that are appropriate for that team, not simply reflecting on the past to set future expectations. How the ‘Oarsome Foursome’ would go about debriefing after a performance and importantly how they had the ability to switch on and off, which is something that he thinks is lacking a little today with athletes. His learning as he has matured as a coach that winning at all costs can cause mental health challenges that end up meaning that winning is only temporary. 
    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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    • 50 min
    On Mental Skills

    On Mental Skills

    This episode is On Mental Skills and we are joined for the discussion by Aaron Walsh.
    Aaron a Mental Skills Coach presently working with the Chiefs Rugby and Scotland Rugby. Aaron has also worked  with Hockey New Zealand and New Zealand Football. He also coaches players from the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and NY Mets and New Zealand All Blacks. He also coaches corporate leadership teams on creating and maintaining a High Performance working environment. 
    You can reach him here: linkedin.com/in/aaron-walsh-561690b0
     
    The key parts of the interview were:
     
     How a key part of developing someones mental skills is reshaping or reframing their relationship to pressure. And how he describes his job as a mental skills coach to shrink the gap between someones capability and what they deliver under pressure.How a culture is the environment that people experience everyday within the group they belong to.Have great coaches and leaders creating social belonging within the team. And to achieve this have  what he calls 3C’s connection, consistency and competency.
    If you are interested in improving your own leadership and would like to understand what Executive Coaching entails you can contact me on paul@elevatedleadership.com.au or visit our website elevatedleadership.com.au. We work with business exec's, sports coaches and do some pro bono work with emerging leaders.

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    • 44 min
    Jack Clark

    Jack Clark

    Jack is a former rugby union player who represented both the USA and World 15. He has also coached the USA National team the Eagles to 16 Test victories.
    He is presently in his 41st year as coach of the University of California bears. IN that times he has led the team to 23 National Collegiate Championships in 15s, and five national titles in 7s
    He has also been named a Living Legend by the Pac-12 Network is a member of U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame and Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.
    Jack is a master coach with so many hard won insights. Just a few of them that stayed with me afterwards were:
      
    The way he talks about mental toughness as being the ability to focus on the next most important thing.The mindset he tries to bring into his team of grateful for everything entitled for nothingAnd How he views leadership as a skill not a rank.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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    • 38 min

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Wow!
I just listened to the interview with Tracey Menzies. Having been an elite swimmer myself (40 years ago) and now a teacher, I could relate to everything she said. I loved how the questions were phrased. I just really enjoyed hearing this story. Going back to school in a couple of weeks, I'll be carrying some of the advice I heard and will be aiming to work on it. Thanks. I look forward to listening to your other interviews.

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