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#84: Coach Jeff Graba — Head Women’s Gymnastics Coach at Auburn
Managing a team is always challenging.
Balancing the individual needs of each member, with the greater objectives of the group is never easy, especially for a workforce where burnout is at a record high.
Coach Jeff Graba is the Head Women’s Coach of the Auburn Tigers Gymnastics Program, who also coaches gymnastics all-stars such as Caitlin Atkinson, Samantha Cerio, Derrian Gobourne, Cassie Stevens, and most recently, welcomed Olympic Gold medalist Suni Lee to the team.
In nine seasons, Coach Graba has led his student-athletes to 16 All-American Honors (both NACGC/W and NCAA) and 22 All-SEC recognitions, including their first trip to the NCAA Championship Super Six in 2015, their first in 22 years.
In 2014 and 2015 he was named the SEC Coach of the Year, a title he earned through his unique coaching philosophy that focuses on gaining courage (not losing fear), on “aiming for a rising average,” and on preparing his players to fight against something they know they can’t win against: gravity.
In a sport where a team is made up it’s members completing dangerous routines alone, Coach Graba is able to give it’s individual players the confidence to perform, while guiding the whole team in the right direction.
WIth that…let’s bring it in!
#83: Michelle Weise — Author of “Life Long Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet” and Future of Education & Workforce Strategist
"The answer to filling a skills gap or for upskilling for the future is not always going to be another degree."
There’s approximately 4,000 degree granting institutions across the United States, offering hundreds of thousands of different credentials. Each of these institutions offer the promise of secure and fulfilling employment after graduation, but in a rapidly changing working landscape, how is someone supposed to know what credential is going to best suit their needs?
More importantly, who can afford the cost, both in time and in finances, to attend these institutions?
These are just some of the areas that our next guest, Michelle Weise, focuses on. Author of the book "Life Long Learning: Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don't Even Exist Yet", and Chancellor of Strategy and Innovation at the International University System, Michelle has dedicated her professional career to creating an educational system that’s better suited for a workforce that is expected to work longer, emphasize soft skills, and be more strapped for time.
With the value of college being questioned more than ever, The Great Resignation showing no signs of slowing and the future of work in more flux than ever before, Michelle’s strategies are more important than ever.
This is another episode you’re not going to want to miss, so without further ado…let’s bring it in!
#82: Coach Anson Dorrance — 22x National Championship Head Women’s Soccer Coach at UNC — Chapel Hill on Competition, Team and Being the Best
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team boasts one of the most impressive dynasties in all of sports, with numerous World Cup Wins, Olympic Gold Medals, and more under their belts. Many elite players such as Mia Hamm, Allie Long, Crystal Dunn, and Jessica McDonald all went through the same Soccer program at the University of North Carolina under the leadership of today’s guest, Anson Dorrance.
Coach Dorrance has been at the helm of the UNC’s Women’s Soccer program since its inception in 1979. Over his 45 years, he has achieved over 1000 career wins, 22 National Titles, and 22 ACC Titles, the first coach to ever win 20 titles in a single sport. In 1991 he led the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team to victory in the first-ever Women’s World Cup, and set the standard for the U.S. Women’s Soccer domination. For these accomplishments and more, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.
Currently, of every game he has ever played, Coach Dorrance holds a 90.5% win rate. It’s safe to say he knows a lot about creating high-performing teams.
We sat down today with Coach Dorrance to take a deep dive into the three components of his program that he focuses on, to create high-performing and high-character team players that win.
This is another episode you’re definitely not going to want to miss, so with that...let’s bring it in!
#81: Barbara Oakley — Author of “Uncommon Sense Teaching: Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn,” Engineer, Professor at Oakland University, and Fmr. Army Captain
Hundreds of institutions, both online and offline, claim to offer quality educational experiences and expose you to the best learning techniques available.
According to Barbara Oakley, most of these groups are nothing more than scams.
For the past 30 years Barbara has focused all of her research on the relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Published in outlets such as the National Academy of Sciences, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, where her work has been called “revolutionary.”
Barbara has had a varied career, starting in the U.S. Army and eventually serving as a Captain stationed in Europe. She then received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, while serving as a translator for ships in the Bering Sea. She then spent a season as the radio operator for South Pole Station Antarctica (where she met her husband), and then “settled down” near Seattle as a control engineer in a laser research and development firm. After a final run at Ford Motors, Barbara began consulting and teaching at Oakland University.
Needless to say, Barbara knows how to master skills quickly and effectively. Her decades of hands-on application and in depth research has been compiled into a number of her books, most recently “Learning How to Learn,” “Learn Like a Pro,” and “Uncommon Sense Teaching.”
We sat down with Barbara to delve deeper into her strategies and research, and what the future of learning could achieve with a new hybrid standard.
So with that…let’s bring it in!
#80: Todd Simon — Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Southern Utah University
March Madness is always a time to see individual talent shine on the hardwood, but at the end of the day, it’s always a team that comes together to win the day. And behind every great team is a great coach.
Todd Simon has been the Head Coach for the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds since 2016. He has consistently broken school records for wins, points, and more, leading the Thunderbirds to their first Big Sky Conference win in 2020.
What did it take to lead the team to their first win?
Coach Simon’s process of staying focused on the controlables, the “main thing” and relentless enthusiasm. Coach Simon knows what it takes to get his people motivated and focused on a goal, something that managers everywhere could learn a thing or two about.
This is another episode you’re not going to want to miss, so with that…let’s bring it in!
#79: George Donahue — Director of Training at Sixty Vines and Mexican Sugar
The restaurant industry is one of the biggest providers of jobs in America, employing over 15.6 million Americans and had an economic impact of over $2 trillion pre-COVID. These employees give millions of others amazing dining experiences year in and out, and many can find lifelong careers in this lucrative industry.
So, why are so many young people told “Be careful in school, otherwise you’ll end up flipping burgers?” Why are restaurants struggling with churn and burnout in record numbers?
George Donahue is well aware of these issues and is totally focused on changing that narrative. George is the Director of Training at Sixty Vines and Mexican Sugar, two up and coming restaurants that focus on both the highest quality food and customer experience. Before this, he spent over a decade in charge of learning and development at Zoe’s Kitchen, where he hired all of the brands staff and increased catering sales by 200%.
It’s safe to say that George knows a thing or two about what it takes to build a world class restaurant team, from the managerial level, to the workers at the front and back of house. From prioritizing employee wellness, to ensuring constant communication, George’s strategies and beliefs are more important than ever.
As George says “Any restaurant out there not thinking about the work environment and the culture, you're going to be so behind, because people are over it.”
This is another episode you’re not going to want to miss, so with that…let’s bring it in!
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Very informative, highly recommend listening
Sea of Podcasts out there, which has made me pretty selective. “Bring it In” strikes the right balance of diverse guests and topics that keep the content interesting and useful.