The High Performance Podcast brings you an intimate glimpse into the lives of high-achieving, world-class performers who have all excelled in their field with first-hand experiences and lessons to share. Find out what non-negotiable behaviours they employed to get them to the top and keep them there.
Hosting every conversation is sports broadcaster Jake Humphrey and leading organisational psychologist Damian Hughes. Jake is currently BT Sport’s Premier League anchor and former lead presenter of BBC’s Formula One coverage. Damian is an author and professor who continues to work with leading sports organisations to create a high-performing culture.
Steven Gerrard: how to make high expectations a reality
Steven Gerrard, the current manager of Rangers FC, is recognised as one of the greatest players in Liverpool FC’s history and one of the most outstanding midfield players of his generation.
Having progressed through the youth ranks at the Merseyside club, he went on to make 710 appearances for the Reds, scoring 186 goals. He won eight major trophies, including the famous Champions League comeback in 2005, before joining the MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015.
Gerrard is England’s fourth most-capped player and represented his country on 114 occasions and captained England at three major tournaments. He remains the only player to have scored in an FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Uefa Cup final.
Series Two Roundup with Jake and Damian
Jake and Damian reflect on the key takeaways from the incredible guests from Series Two, including Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dina Asher-Smith, Shaun Wane, Michelle Mone, Frank Lampard, Jonny Wilkinson and more. They both pick out their favourite clips from the series and discuss the behaviours and common themes that came out of the podcasts.
Thank you for all your comments and reviews this series, we really appreciate it. And thank you to Lotus Cars our sponsor for their continued support.
We will be back very soon with more elite high-performance guests for Series 3!
Jonny Wilkinson: how a mental health crisis led to a life of exploration
Jonny Wilkinson is one of the most decorated and recognisable faces in rugby history. Jonny scored 1,246 points from 97 Test appearances, the most famous being his drop goal that won the World Cup for England in 2003.
In a stellar career Jonny would accumulate four Six Nations titles with England and at club level he left Newcastle after helping them to Premiership and Powergen Cup titles and joined RC Toulon winning the Top 14 and European Cup.
But Jonny’s public success is only part of his story. He speaks frankly and inspiringly about the pressure of expectation and the mental health implications of leading a life defined by others.
Sir Ben Ainslie: The power of positive belief
Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, with four golds and one silver medal over a 16 year period.
Ben had the honour of being Team GB’s flag bearer for the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, was knighted in 2013 and in the same year added the America’s Cup to his list of achievements, with victory in the most remarkable of comebacks.
Ben is now the Team Principal and Skipper of British America’s Cup; INEOS Team UK.
Frank Lampard: Taking on 100% responsibility, whilst retaining humility
Frank Lampard is the current head coach of Chelsea FC. Frank retired as one of the greatest players of the modern era, with his legendary status cemented by his extraordinary achievements and statistics.
When he left Chelsea in the summer of 2014, Frank was the club's record goalscorer with 211 goals from 649 appearances - a truly remarkable return for a consummate professional plying his trade in midfield.
He won 106 international caps for England and was central to the most successful spell in Chelsea's history where he won 11 major trophies, including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League in 2012.
Michelle Mone: Treating your mind and body like a business
Michelle is one the UK’s most celebrated entrepreneurs. From her humble beginnings in the East End of Glasgow, Michelle is the founder of Ultimo Lingerie, a brand she propelled to the UK’s leading lingerie brand for two decades.
With ventures reaching as wide as interiors, jewellery, property and tech, Michelle has become one the world’s leading public speakers. Her success was formally recognised when she was awarded the role of Start-Up Business Tsar by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015. In the same year, she was appointed a life time peerage as a Baroness in the House of Lords.
Despite growing up with few resources and leaving school with no qualifications, Michelle shows that no matter where you come from, you can become anything you want to be.
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Manors are the key
Fantastic podcast for business leaders but more so for how to live your day to day life. If I’ve learnt anything it’s that manors leads to respect, respect leads to trust, trust leads to confidence in one ability and confidence leads to you being revered.
Your journey starts with a please and thank you.
Listened to the first episode a few days ago. I’ve binge listened to every episode since. Just pure audio gold. Very difficult to pick the highlights, there are so many. All inspiring in different ways. Many strands in common but so many different takes. Jonny Wilkinson displays remarkable depth, Shaun Wane incredible strength of character and grit, Phil Neville’s graft and dedication, Michelle Mone‘s inspiration and again grit. Dyche’s intelligence and diligence. Cannot recommend highly enough. Well done Jake and Damian. Liquid Thinking on order. Off to listen to Jonny Wilkinson again 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Look forward to Gerrard and the rest to come.
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I stumbled across your incredible High performance podcast when someone, off the cuff, mentioned listening to a fairly spiritual podcast with Johnny Wilkinson. I”m not into rugby, though being the only woman in our family, appreciate why it’s loved so much. Regardless something propelled me to hunt the podcast down. Ha!!! I’ve now binge listened to all your incredible episodes, listening to some of them twice, even three times as I’ve got the rest of the family listening too. You can firmly say I’m hooked! More episodes please!!! I’m an artist with a career that’s seen a roller coaster of highs and lows. Listening, in particular, to the incredible, humble, inspirational woman that Kelly Holmes is she’s really reinforced, in total concrete, for me, to never give up. Thank you Jake and Damian, and for all these truly inspirational individual stories.