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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 - 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/)
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    At Home With Leaders - Kyle Dubas

    At Home With Leaders - Kyle Dubas

    "Though I have been in this role for nearly two years," says Kyle Dubas, "I still think having this time in the last six weeks has allowed me to reflect on the fact that we have a long way to go to get where I think we can in terms of our environment each day and how that impacts on our performance and the mindset of our people."
    Dubas, the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2018, makes it clear that the team - one of the most storied in NHL history - remains a work in progress.
    As the resurgent Leafs continue their work towards winning a first Stanley Cup since 1967, Dubas took time to speak to our 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.
    At Home With Leaders brings you a wealth of guests drawn from across sports performance to explore how they are adapting to the new normal, attempting to thrive and contribute to the eventual reboot of the sports performance landscape.
    Dubas also discussed:
    - How the Leafs are using the break to bridge the gap to the likes of Tampa Bay and Boston [8:30];
    - His observations on how the culture of the organisation has developed during his time at the helm [13:00];
    - How hockey is evolving beyond its conservative reputation [24:00];
    - Coping with the pressure of being storied club and a big market team [29:00].
    Steve Gera: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Matthew Stone: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Stuart Lancaster
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    At Home With Leaders - Stuart Lancaster

    At Home With Leaders - Stuart Lancaster

    "We're all in this enforced plateau period but I think it can be a really good thing," says Stuart Lancaster.
    The Leinster Senior Coach is talking online amidst the "towels and rubbish" of his son's student house in Leeds - a move forced by the meagre WiFi available at the main Lancaster residence.
    Whether or not this parental jibe is justified, we're in no position to say, but if anyone was going to use the enforced downtime for self-reflection it was likely to be Lancaster.
    "Someone once told me," he says, "your journey as a leader starts on an upward curve and there comes a moment when you plateau as a leader, then you take that 'time out', then you grow again and move on."
    Lancaster is speaking 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 conversational agenda were:
    - How the structure of the global game will change in rugby union [6:30];
    - The importance of the leader getting down to the gym floor [15:00];
    - The four tenets of Lancaster's leadership philosophy and why confidence grows from competence [16:30];
    - The rationale behind making changes before they are necessary [22:30].
    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 - Thomas Dimitroff (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-thomas-dimitroff/)
    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.

    At Home With Leaders - Thomas Dimitroff

    At Home With Leaders - Thomas Dimitroff

    Thomas Dimitroff readily admits that he found this year's NFL Draft to be a challenging experience.
    With remote working currently a necessity due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Atlanta Falcons' General Manager, found his focus being drawn elsewhere.
    "Normally, with a month and a half to go I am locked-in; I'm so focused on my evaluation of players - rarely am I reaching out to people within football operations," he explains.
    "I'm interacting but they know to steer clear of me because I'm getting ready. I spent a lot more time trying to be a leader in certain ways outside of evaluating for our upcoming draft. That was complicated and it really tugged at a lot of areas within my focus.
    Thomas is talking on the latest edition of At Home With Leaders, which is brought to you today by our 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.
    At Home With Leaders brings you a wealth of guests drawn from across sports performance to explore how they are adapting to the new normal, attempting to thrive and contribute to the eventual reboot of the sports performance landscape.
    From his home near Atlanta, Thomas also touches upon:
    - The reasons why a true work-life balance is a competitive edge in the modern NFL [9:00];
    - Why adaptability and selflessness were important traits when the team started its 2019 campaign 1-7 [20:00];
    - His efforts to ensure draftees such as AJ Terrell are suitable talent and character fits [26:00];
    - How the onboarding process has changed in the NFL [31:00].
    Steve Gera: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Matthew Stone: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Sir Dave Brailsford
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    Ep 56: Biomechanics Special With Cat Shin

    Ep 56: Biomechanics Special With Cat Shin

    “Everyone is using biomechanics every day,” says Cat Shin, the Biomechanics Project Lead at the English Institute of Sport [EIS].
    “If you’re looking at, say, technique or injury prevention, you’re looking at biomechanics, whether you call it that or not.”
    It is an essential field in this multidisciplinary era: “a biomechanist is part-physicist, part-data scientist, part-performance analyst, part-S&C, part-physio, part-coach. Or put another way, all of those roles are part-biomechanists.”
    Shin, who joined the EIS in her newly-created role in 2018, also delves into:
    - Her department’s efforts to deliver biomechanics support to those EIS sports where it is not embedded [4:00];
    - Understanding the individual athlete and challenging long-held beliefs in the pursuit of optimal performance [12:00];
    - The impact of language on your effectiveness as a biomechanist and the importance of pilot testing [21:00];
    - How those receptive sports are adapting their philosophies to include evidence-based technical models [24:00].
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Sir Dave Brailsford (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-sir-dave-brailsford/)
    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.

    At Home With Leaders - Sir Dave Brailsford

    At Home With Leaders - Sir Dave Brailsford

    Sir Dave Brailsford and Team INEOS may be handling sports coronavirus-enforced shutdown better than most sports organisations.

    "As a team, we don't have a facility base," the INEOS Team Principal begins in explanation. "We go to a race, we work together, and then we have to work very much geographically dispersed; a lot of the time it's conference calls, Zoom calls - the way that everyone is working at the minute is familiar to us... we're not racing, but it feels like a ramped-up business-as-usual to us."
    Nevertheless, Brailsford provided some typically thought-provoking insights during his appearance on At Home With Leaders, where he 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.
    Up for discussion were:
    - Team INEOS' three-stage approach to managing its organisation during the pandemic [6:00];
    - Brushing off the envy of rivals and fellow competitors [23:00];
    - Environmental factors that impact on what he terms the 'discretionary' aspects of performance [29:00];
    - How his recent illness changed his perspective on work and life [37:00].
    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 - Sean Marks (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-sean-marks/)
    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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