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Cutting-edge insight, unconventional thinking, tips, blueprints and leadership lessons from elite performance practitioners around the world. Produced by the Leaders Performance Institute.

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Cutting-edge insight, unconventional thinking, tips, blueprints and leadership lessons from elite performance practitioners around the world. Produced by the Leaders Performance Institute.

    At Home With Leaders - Sir Andrew Strauss

    At Home With Leaders - Sir Andrew Strauss

    “Winning is not a good thing to think of as a goal,” says former England cricket captain Sir Andrew Strauss.
    “Look,” he clarifies, “you have to win - in high performance sport you can’t go too long without winning and remain in position. Winning has to be a focus - but it’s got to be part of something bigger.”
    Strauss, who chairs the ECB cricket committee, is speaking of the moment that his England team, in 2011, reached No1 in the ICC Test team world rankings and the accompanying sense of anticlimax.
    It is an issue he discusses during this episode of At Home With Leaders with co-hosts Matthew Stone, Leaders’ Senior Product Manager, and sports psychologist and consultant Michael Caulfield, whose clients include Brentford FC, Northampton Saints RFC and Hampshire CCC.
    Strauss also chats about:
    - His time as Director of Cricket at the ECB between 2015 and 2018 [15:30];
    - Why leadership can be lonely [26:30];
    - Coping with criticism and media scrutiny [28:00];
    - Setting up the Ruth Strauss Foundation in honour of his late wife, whom he lost to lung cancer [33:00].
    Michael Caulfield: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Matthew Stone: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Chris Powell (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-chris-powell/)
    Listen above and subscribe today on iTunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/leaders-performance-podcast/id1124488318?mt=2), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/4EKIUuWYk5SWWqRWRQfw3z?si=epSPBhLdREOwtHiGYJnvEg), Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/leaders/the-leaders-performance-podcast) and Overcast (https://overcast.fm/itunes1124488318/leaders-performance-podcast), or your chosen podcast platform.

    • 38 min
    At Home With Leaders - Chris Powell

    At Home With Leaders - Chris Powell

    In September last year, Chris Powell joined Gareth Southgate's coaching staff at the England men's national football team.
    Powell's appointment was part of the Football Association's Elite Coach Placement Programme, which sought to place black, Asian and other minority ethnic coaches at various stages of the national player pathway.
    It is a position he discusses at length in this episode of At Home With Leaders, which is brought to you today by our sponsors Football Manager (https://www.footballmanager.com/), the global hit football simulation game.
    The role also meant Powell, who played more that 760 senior matches before embarking on his coaching career a decade ago, had to spend his 50th birthday at an England training camp. "Normally I'd be planning a party or having a big meal with my family," he explains, "but I preferred this, to be honest!"
    Powell spoke to co-hosts Matthew Stone, Leaders’ Senior Product Manager, and sports psychologist and consultant Michael Caulfield, whose clients include Brentford FC, Northampton Saints RFC and Hampshire CCC.
    Also on the agenda were:
    - How the shutdown might have changed him as a coach [5:00];
    - The evolving outlook of the modern player [14:00];
    - Why Gareth Southgate welcomes being challenged at training [20:00];
    - The capacity for footballers to effect change in society and the implications for their performance [28:00].
    Michael Caulfield: Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheCaulfieldWay) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcaulfield/)
    Matthew Stone: Twitter (https://twitter.com/Stone_Sport) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewstone22/)
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Simon Timson (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-simon-timson/)
    Listen above and subscribe today on iTunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/leaders-performance-podcast/id1124488318?mt=2), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/4EKIUuWYk5SWWqRWRQfw3z?si=epSPBhLdREOwtHiGYJnvEg), Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/leaders/the-leaders-performance-podcast) and Overcast (https://overcast.fm/itunes1124488318/leaders-performance-podcast), or your chosen podcast platform.

    • 38 min
    At Home With Leaders - Simon Timson

    At Home With Leaders - Simon Timson

    “‘Right, here’s our opportunity: ten years’ innovation in ten weeks’.”
    That was the challenge Scott Lloyd, the Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association [LTA], set to Simon Timson, the LTA’s Performance Director, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
    “We’ve been looking more inwardly than outwardly,” Timson tells At Home With Leaders. “What are all the things we can do to give all our players a competitive advantage?”
    It’s a question he answers at considerable length with co-hosts Matthew Stone, Leaders' Senior Product Manager, and Steve Gera, the CEO of Gains Group, which helps some of sport’s greatest teams and athletes maximise the value of their data and technology.
    Timson also discussed:
    - His personal reflections during tennis’ shutdown [11:30];
    - Why he feels players are going to become increasingly autonomous as we emerge from the pandemic [18:30];
    - His theory that some sports could be set back two decades in terms of athlete support [21:30];
    - The reasons he places such an emphasis on organisational alignment [37:30];
    - His imminent appointment as the new Performance Director at English Premier League Manchester City [40:30].
    Steve Gera: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Matthew Stone: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Rick Spielman
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    • 47 min
    At Home With Leaders - Rick Spielman

    At Home With Leaders - Rick Spielman

    Rick Spielman recalls watching the television reports that followed the killing of George Floyd.
    "I remember sitting there with my wife watching the news as it happens and we both have tears coming down our eyes," says the Minnesota Vikings General Manager.
    "She looks over to me and she says, 'honey, that could have been one of our children.'"
    Spielman and his wife have adopted six African-American children. "As a white father raising African-American kids, I truly have to ask myself how do I explain this and why does this continue to go on?"
    The Minneapolis-based Vikings' US Bank Stadium is less than three miles from the spot where Floyd died and, as Spielman tells At Home With Leaders, he recognises the team's obligation to serve its community, fight racism, and defend fundamental human rights.
    "With all the adversity, not only with the pandemic, but the social injustice: what can we do to help, what part can we play with our platform to try and make change?" he tells co-hosts Jimmy Worrall, the Founder and CEO of Leaders, and Steve Gera, the CEO of Gains Group, which helps some of sport’s greatest teams and athletes maximise the value of their data and technology.
    The agenda for today's chat includes:
    - The Vikings' Social Justice Committee for players and coaches [6:00];
    - Spielman's efforts to organise a draft process during a pandemic [12:00];
    - Steps taken to integrate and teach the Vikings' rookies [18:30];
    - How the organisation will adapt its scouting operations for the fall [27:30];
    - How recent world events have changed Spielman's decision-making process [32:00].
    Jimmy Worrall: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Steve Gera: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Emma Hayes
    Listen above and subscribe today on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Overcast, or your chosen podcast platform.

    • 39 min
    At Home With Leaders - Emma Hayes

    At Home With Leaders - Emma Hayes

    "I always felt in my own heart that I was going to be a big driver of women's football - I'd made that decision," says Chelsea Head Coach Emma Hayes.
    "When you're a driver of anything, I focus on what I can do, not what I can't do; I'll focus on what I have, not what I don't have, and I'll focus what I want not what I don't want."
    Today's episode is brought to you by our sponsors Football Manager (https://www.footballmanager.com/), the global hit football simulation game, and was recorded shortly before Chelsea were awarded the WSL title.
    Hayes spoke to co-hosts Matthew Stone, Leaders’ Senior Product Manager, and sports psychologist and consultant Michael Caulfield, whose clients include Brentford FC, Northampton Saints RFC and Hampshire CCC, and went into great depth about how her attitudes towards coaching, leadership and motherhood have changed during sports' shutdown.
    Also up for discussion were:
    - The guilt she has felt during the lockdown about her ability to cope relatively well [11:30];
    - Why coach education has long failed the women's game in England [21:00];
    - Chelsea's work with UK charity Refuge (https://www.refuge.org.uk/), which supports women and children experiencing domestic abuse [32:00];
    - The importance of mental health awareness in sport and beyond [35:00].
    Michael Caulfield: Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheCaulfieldWay) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcaulfield/)
    Matthew Stone: Twitter (https://twitter.com/Stone_Sport) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewstone22/)
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Dean Smith (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-dean-smith/)
    Listen above and subscribe today on iTunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/leaders-performance-podcast/id1124488318?mt=2), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/4EKIUuWYk5SWWqRWRQfw3z?si=epSPBhLdREOwtHiGYJnvEg), Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/leaders/the-leaders-performance-podcast) and Overcast (https://overcast.fm/itunes1124488318/leaders-performance-podcast), or your chosen podcast platform.

    • 40 min
    At Home With Leaders - Dean Smith

    At Home With Leaders - Dean Smith

    Dean Smith joined the At Home With Leaders Podcast during what was due to have been the final week of the English Premier League season.
    Instead, Smith and Aston Villa, where he serves as manager, have not played since 9 March amidst the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic and, like the rest of us, he has been confined to home.
    There is still no return date set for the English top flight but this enforced downtime has presented Smith with unprecedented opportunities, including this appearance on At Home With Leaders, which is brought to you today by our sponsors Football Manager (https://www.footballmanager.com/), the global hit football simulation game.
    "This season is still going, we've got 10 games left to play," says Smith of his first season as a Premier League Manager. "There's a lot of things to learn and learn from." He has gone back and reviewed each Villa match, which is something he wouldn't normally do, in the pursuit of insights. "I've managed to do a video review with every player, which during the season is something I would never get the chance to do."
    Smith spoke to co-hosts Matthew Stone, Leaders’ Senior Product Manager, and sports psychologist and consultant Michael Caulfield, whose clients include Brentford FC [where Caulfield worked alongside Smith], Northampton Saints RFC and Hampshire CCC.
    Also on the table for discussion were:
    - The ways in which Smith has evolved as a coach [11:00];
    - His ability to maintain emotional regulation at crucial moments [17:00];
    - Balancing gut instinct and data [20:30];
    - Building relationships with players, coaches and staff [22:00];
    - Why being challenged is good for his leadership skills [26:30].
    Michael Caulfield: Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheCaulfieldWay) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcaulfield/)
    Matthew Stone: Twitter (https://twitter.com/Stone_Sport) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewstone22/)
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Kyle Dubas (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-kyle-dubas/)
    Listen above and subscribe today on iTunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/leaders-performance-podcast/id1124488318?mt=2), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/4EKIUuWYk5SWWqRWRQfw3z?si=epSPBhLdREOwtHiGYJnvEg), Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/leaders/the-leaders-performance-podcast) and Overcast (https://overcast.fm/itunes1124488318/leaders-performance-podcast), or your chosen podcast platform.

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