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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.

    Leadership & Culture Special

    Leadership & Culture Special

    "If an athlete's shocked or surprised with a selection or de-selection, then I haven't really done my job well."
    Paula Dunn, the Paralympics Head Coach at British Athletics, is discussing her approach to difficult conversations with the Leaders Performance Podcast. "I should have been in contact with that person, having open conversation and understanding where they are, if they have any issues."
    In the latest edition of the podcast, which is brought to you by our Main Partners Keiser, Dunn is joined by:
    - Aston Villa Manager Dean Smith discussing his development as a leader and the scalability of culture [from 3:00];
    - Performance psychologist Michael Caulfield reflecting on his role as host of the recent Virtual Leaders Meet: the Evolution of Leadership and the qualities of modern leaders [from 14:00];
    - British Athletics' Paralympics Head Coach Paula Dunn talking about the vulnerability of the leader and her approach to decision making [24:25].
    Further listening:
    Leaders Performance Podcast - Coaching & Development Special (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/leaders-performance-podcast-coaching-development-special/)
    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
    Coaching & Development Special

    Coaching & Development Special

    “The tech environment and our understanding about learning and development has changed, but I don’t think that changes the reality of what we are doing to support how people may learn just yet.”
    These are the words of Dr Scott Drawer, the Director of Sport at Millfield School in Somerset.
    Dr Drawer is just one of the voices that has stood out in recent months in the Leaders Performance Institute’s efforts to explore the topic of coaching & development.
    In this latest edition of the podcast, which is brought to you today by our Main Partners Keiser, we invite some of our most esteemed contributors to return and offer further reflections on their experiences.
    Coming up today you will hear from:

    * Dr Edd Vahid, the Academy Manager at Southampton FC, discussing the identification and development of youthful potential [from 2:20];
    * Lucy Skilbeck, the Director of Actor Train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, who explores the Academy’s curriculum and pedagogy [from 12:00];
    * Dr Scott Drawer, the Director of Sport at Millfield School, explaining why he feels the fundamentals of the teacher-coach relationship have not shifted [from 21:30].

    John Portch: Twitter (https://twitter.com/JohnPortch) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-portch-696a4366/)
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Michael Cheika (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-michael-cheika/)
    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.

    • 32 min
    At Home With Leaders - Michael Cheika

    At Home With Leaders - Michael Cheika

    Michael Cheika, the renowned rugby coach who was recently appointed Head Coach of the Lebanon men's rugby league team, explains that providing a safe environment for athletes is a good starting point when addressing social issues.
    "One of the huge things with coaching and leading is creating a balanced environment for players to perform in," he tells co-hosts Matthew Stone and Steve Gera. "Not ignoring anything and not going over the top; understanding exactly where the balance is."
    The management of social issues for the greater good of the team is just one of the questions posed on this edition of At Home With Leaders, which is brought to you by our Main Partners Keiser.
    Also on the agenda were:
    - The potentially overlooked importance of tactical skill acquisition [17:00];
    - Balancing tactical structure with the need for creativity within a gameplan [20:00];
    - Why it is important for a team to clarify what is meant by 'risk taking' in competition [25:30];
    - Cheika's recent switch from rugby union to rugby league [29:00].
    Steve Gera: Twitter (https://twitter.com/sfgera) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevegera/)
    Matthew Stone: Twitter (https://twitter.com/Stone_Sport) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewstone22/)
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Jill Ellis (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-jill-ellis/)
    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
    The Leaders State of Play Series - Mo Bobat

    The Leaders State of Play Series - Mo Bobat

    "What are we trying to achieve and why?" asks Mo Bobat, the Performance Director of the England & Wales Cricket Board.
    "In essence we're all problem-solvers and there's enough research out there to suggest that homogenisation of thought and ideas probably isn't a great way to problem-solve."
    Bobat is steadfast in his belief that teams with broad in skillsets and experiences are the best-equipped to tackle performance problems.
    He explored the power of diverse thinking in this latest episode of the Leaders State of Play Series, which is brought to you today by Elite Performance Partners (https://eppartners.co.uk/) [EPP], a search, selection and advisory firm working across elite sport and specialising in performance.
    Bobat, who in November hosted our EPP Webinar exploring the rise of the specialist-generalist in sports performance (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/epp-webinar-why-the-specialist-generalist-model-creates-the-best-chance-for-winning-and-development-in-high-performance/), was joined in conversation by Leaders' Matthew Stone and EPP Founding Partner Dave Slemen. The trio delved into:
    - Practical steps teams can take to break down silos [3:00];
    - Setting the optimum conditions for people to succeed [9:00];
    - The importance of hiring staff that complement your existing team [17:00];
    - Identifying 'impact areas' when building a performance strategy and the tools and tactics for achieving measurable impact [27:00];
    - Embracing the individuality of your people by forging social connections [34:00].
    Dave Slemen: Twitter (https://twitter.com/DaveSlem) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidslemen/)
    (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidslemen/)Matthew Stone: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Further listening:
    The Leaders State of Play Series - Owen Eastwood (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-the-leaders-state-of-play-series-owen-eastwood/)
    Listen and subscribe today on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Overcast, or your chosen podcast platform.

    • 40 min
    At Home With Leaders - Jill Ellis

    At Home With Leaders - Jill Ellis

    "When you go through change," says Jill Ellis, "a lot of it is continuing to talk about culture and the team-first environment you create, but it’s also about building in strategies to make this team feel that every single person is important and every single person matters."
    The two-time Fifa Women's World Cup-winning coach - who also won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Leaders Sports Awards - appeared on the latest edition of At Home With Leaders, where she delves into the transition that the US women's national team [USWNT] undertook between the 2015 and 2019 tournaments.
    Ellis, who currently serves as the Development Director of US Soccer, also talked to co-hosts Matthew Stone and Steve Gera about topics that included:
    - Establishing a higher purpose with the USWNT [7:30];
    - How knowing your team sets the tone for its evolution [16:30];
    - Identifying and using the strengths of her support staff [19:30];
    - Her approach to risk-taking at both college and international level [29:00];
    - Setting the narrative, roles and expectations of both players and staff during periods of transition [31:00].
    Steve Gera: Twitter (https://twitter.com/sfgera) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevegera/)
    Matthew Stone: Twitter (https://twitter.com/Stone_Sport) | LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewstone22/)
    Further listening:
    At Home With Leaders - Terry Francona (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-at-home-with-leaders-terry-francona/)
    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.

    • 39 min
    The Leaders State of Play Series - Nigel Pearson

    The Leaders State of Play Series - Nigel Pearson

    "I want to enjoy walking into a building and I don't want a situation where people sit on the same table to only eat with people of a similar status," says Nigel Pearson.
    The renowned football manager, whose former clubs include Leicester [twice], Hull and, most recently, Watford, is discussing the environment he strives to create for athletes and staff alike when he enters a club.
    Pearson, who is between projects, found the time to reflect on coaching the modern athlete for the Leaders State of Play Series.
    Also on the conversational agenda were:
    - His reasons why clarity in communication requires an understanding of the players' needs [7:00];
    - The reality that while you cannot force connections with younger players, compassion and empathy go a long way [9:30];
    - Providing safe spaces where players can live shared values and behaviours [16:30];
    - Having an open door policy as a manager but being economical with information [23:30].
    Michael Caulfield: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Matthew Stone: Twitter | LinkedIn
    Further listening:
    The Leaders State of Play Series – Owen Eastwood (https://leadersinsport.com/performance/podcast-the-leaders-state-of-play-series-owen-eastwood/)
    Listen and subscribe today on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Overcast, or your chosen podcast platform.

    • 39 min

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