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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.

The Great Coaches: Leadership & Life Paul Barnett & Jim Woolfrey

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    • 5.0 • 13 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.

    Best of Series: Jenny Boucek

    Best of Series: Jenny Boucek

    Our Great Coach on this episode is NBA coach Jenny Boucek.

    Jenny is a former WNBA player, Assistant Coach and Head Coach. The first person to hold all 3 roles in the league’s history.

    She began her coaching career in the WNBA during the 1999 season as an assistant with the Washington Mystics.

    In 2000, she joined the Miami Sol, also as an assistant coach, for three seasons.

    Jenny was an Assistant Coach with the Seattle Storm when they won the WNBA Championship in 2004 and 2010 and the Head Coach for the Sacramento Monarchs and Seattle Storm.

    In 2017 Jenny became the player development coach for the Sacramento Kings, becoming the third female assistant coach in NBA history.

    In 2018 she became an Assistant Coach for the Dallas Mavericks and since this interview was originally released, Jenny was named an assistant coach of the Indiana Pacers in July, 2021.

    Jenny is a coach with a deep sense of purpose, and belief in the power of intrinsic motivation to drive you to become the best version of yourself. Her career is a study in perseverance and risk that has resulted in redefining paradigms. She is self-reflective, empathetic and focused on helping those in her circle of influence become, in her words, a better me for a better we.

    This was a wonderful conversation, with a coach who transcends what it means to lead in both elite mens and womens competitions, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

    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 thegreatcoachespodcast@gmail.com

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    • 48 min
    Best of Series: Damien Hardwick

    Best of Series: Damien Hardwick

    Our Great Coach on this episode is Damien Hardwick.

    Damien is an Australian rules football coach and former player.

    As a player, he played 207 games for Essendon and Port Adelaide, winning premierships with each club in 2000 and 2004 respectively.

    He was appointed to his first head coach role in 2010 with Richmond; and led them to premierships in 2017, 2019 and 2020. He is now the longest tenured coach in the clubs 136 year history.

    In 2017 he voted Coach of the Year by his peers. And is also a member of a small and elite group of people who have both played in and coached an AFL premiership.

    Damien’s journey as a coach has been documented in books and in documentary’s, and in this interview he takes us through the key inflection points that led to him changing his philosophy, and then ultimately leading his team to 3 premierships.

    It’s a terrific story, there are so many highlights and here are just a few that stayed with afterwards:

    His descriptions of the effort that went into building the championship environment that eventually led to 3 premierships.

    How it was a leadership course on Authenticity at Harvard that led him to change his style, and ultimately unlock improved performance in the team.

    And the use of the triple H framework: hero, hardship and highlight to encourage his team to become more open and vulnerable with each other; and how this deeper level of connection translated into improved performance.

    And just before we go to the interview, If you're a first time listener, you can check out our library of interviews with other great coaches at our website; the greatcoachespodcast.com

    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 thegreatcoachespodcast@gmail.com or contact us through our website thegreatcoachespodcast.com

    • 34 min
    Best of Series: John Wooden

    Best of Series: John Wooden

    Our Great Coach on this episode is John Wooden

    Coach Wooden was an American basketball coach who led the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA Championships, including a record 7 titles in a row.

    Over a 29-year coaching career, his teams won a record 88 consecutive games, and he was voted coach of the year on 7 occasions. As a player he was names a collegiate All American on 3 occasions and was the first person to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach.

    He is one of the most revered coaches in history and is by far the coach mentioned most by the Great Coaches we have interviewed.

    John Wooden wrote 13 books on coaching and leadership; but it is his opus from 2005, the Pyramid of Success through which he has become internationally recognized. In that book he lays out his key principles to leadership and success in life.

    Unfortunately Coach Wooden passed away in 2010 at the age of 99. However, he left so much rich material behind that we are going to recreate a posthumous interview with him.

    Much of the footage of him is copyrighted and so not able to be reproduced without a lot of cost and bureaucracy, so we have ordered his words around key coaching and leadership themes hired an actor to read those words. And that is what you will be listening to today.

    We used multiple books to find the words you will hear:

    Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success

    Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

    Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization

    The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership

    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 thegreatcoachespodcast@gmail.com or contact us through our website thegreatcoachespodcast.com

    • 37 min
    Best of Series: Sandy Brondello

    Best of Series: Sandy Brondello

    Our Great Coach on this episode is basketball coach Sandy Brondello.

    Sandy is a former professional basketball player and the current coach of the New York Liberty in the WNBA.

    She started playing for Australia at the age of 18 and went on to represent the national team at four Olympics winning three medals. She has played Basketball for teams in America, Australia and Germany.

    In 2003 she began her coaching career as an assistant with the San Antonio Silver Stars

    She became a Head Coach of the Phoenix Mercury in 2010 and in 2014 won the National Title and the Coach of the Year.

    In 2017, Sandy was appointed head coach of the Australian women's national basketball team, The Opals.

    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 thegreatcoachespodcast@gmail.com

    You can also follow us here

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    LinkedIn    The Great Coaches Podcast showpage

    • 42 min
    Best of Series: Tom Ryan

    Best of Series: Tom Ryan

    Our Great Coach on this episode is Tom Ryan.

    Tom Ryan is a former All-American college wrestler, and now coach of the Ohio State Wrestling team.

    During his collegiate wrestling career, he was a member of the University of Iowa 1991 and 1992 NCAA and Big Ten championship teams.

    He became a Head Wrestling coach at Hofstra University in New York in 1995 leading them to six consecutive conference titles from 2001 to 2006. He then moved to Iowa to coach, and in 2015 Led the wrestling program to the NCAA National Championship.

    He has won multiple coach of the year awards, and at present is the owner of a 76% match winning ratio.

    From the highs of winning championships and coaching Olympic Gold medalists to the unimaginable loss of his own child; Tom Ryan is a coach with a deep appreciation for the pain that can either de-rail or elevate your life.

    His coaching philosophy is infused with a focus on truth and love, Truth to help you see the areas where you can develop; and love so you have the confidence that you will be supported as you develop and grow.

    I chased Tom for 6 months to get this interview, and I am so glad I did. His lessons on leadership and life are truly universal; and some of the key ones for me were

    How the coaches role is to reduce stress through controlling their emotions. This reduces tension in the athlete and allows them to focus on the task at hand.

    Giving feedback the moment a skill is not being executed properly in a way that is productive . And how great athletes truthfully assess themselves in a way that allows an accurate development plan to put in place.

    The great story he shares about the prisoner of war James Stockdale and the importance of combining optimism with realism.

    And wanting to leave a legacy of helping people to learn to love deeply; and with a few Olympic and World Champions along the way.

    This was a wonderful conversation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as Jim and I did.

    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 thegreatcoachespodcast@gmail.com

    You can also follow us and comment on all our Great Coaches here

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    • 40 min
    On Mental Health

    On Mental Health

    Today’s episode is on the topic of Mental Health for Coaches and we are joined for the discussion with one of our listeners, Mads Claussen.

    If you would like to join us for a future episode to discuss a topic that is close to your heart, then please contact us us at thegreatcoachespodcast@gmail.com or contact us through our website thegreatcoachespodcast.com

    Mads can be reached through his website: www.madsclaussen.dk  or Email: coach@madsclaussen.dk

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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kas_chat ,

Great to listen to interviews

I’ve been training through PreKure to become a Health Coach and recently discovered a friend from my school days, Paul Barnett has this podcast. I remember Paul from our days in school between grades 4 to 6 … and at high school. I will share this podcast to my peers in the PreKure Health Coaching community. The connection between youth sport, and Health Coaching adults is intriguing. I recall watching the novice and often untrained coaches who lead our own children who played youth sport over the years (in my family these have been mainly out of school cricket coaches, gymnastics coaches, AusKick, junior soccer, junior rugby, basketball, touch football, Sailing, as well as various school sports, who are often also trained teachers). The importance of the role of skilled and talented coaches for children or teenagers helps to keep our children engaged in sport … my boys are now 15 and 18 and don’t have any organised sport in their life. So they don’t currently have any “Coaches”. That’s a loss in my opinion. There’s a huge jump to the professional sport and profession of coaching.

macinjllian ,

Excellent !

Great insight into coaching and how to work with your teams and what makes them tick but also how to get the most from them .
It also shows that being a good coach is a challenge and requires a great set of skills and resilience.
The interviews are professional but relaxed at the same time , so you really get to know the coach !

euyyy ,

Great insights into leadership

Enjoyable listening and great to hear what makes a great coach. Some great nuggets that can be used in any leadership role.

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