Podcast by TJ Manastersky
What it Means to Be a High Performing Head Coach with Cody Royle HC Canada AFL and Author
Cody Royle is the head coach of Canada’s national men’s AFL program.
For the last decade, he has been writing about how leadership, culture, and organizational dynamics contribute to competitive advantage.
His debut book, Where Others Won’t, explores the leadership and culture strategies of the most forward-thinking organizations in sport and business.
We discuss the following:
-User experience in player and team development
-The tough stuff of coaching: re-defining what it means to be a high performing head coach
Follow Cody and watch for his new book, The Tough Stuff at www.codyroyle.com
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Pressure, Emotions, and the Mental Game with Dr. Adam Naylor
Dr. Adam Naylor is a high performance expert: coaching leaders, counseling competitors and supporting organizations in the areas of performance psychology, leadership and player development. With over 2 decades of expertise he has worked with athletes in several sports including the NHL, NBA, MLB, UFC, Tennis and golf. Adam is also active with USA Hockey and in the corporate world.
Topics we discuss:
Social-emotional impacts on performance
-Pressure, challenge, and stress
-Compete WITH your opponents and the Boston College effect
-Self-consciousness in athletes
-The privilege of pressure
-What not to do as a coach
-Controlling your emotions
Follow Dr. Naylor on twitter @ahnaylor
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Primed to Perform - Motivation with Laura Bellamy, Assoc. Head Coach, University of Minnesota Duluth
Laura Bellamy is a Harvard grad and standout goaltender for the Crimson, competing in the National Tournament twice. Her 19 shutouts are 2nd in the program history and as a senior she led the nation with a goals against of just .92. Following her playing career, Laura jumped right behind the bench with Harvard for two seasons which included another trip to the National Tournament and a birth in the title game. Laura is now back home to Duluth, Minnesota as an associate head coach University of Minnesota Duluth.
The framework for our discussion is the book, Primed to Perform by Neil Doshi and Lindsay MacGregor, which talks about building high performing cultures through total motivation. We take a look at the most powerful direct motivators; Play, Purpose, and Potential.
Patrick O'Sullivan, NHL alumni and Author on Player Development
Patrick O’Sullivan came up as a superstar in junior hockey, first with the United States National Team Development Program and then with the Mississauga Ice Dogs in the Ontario Hockey League before his professional career where he competed with the LA Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild, and the Phoenix Coyotes. He also represented USA 7 times between the U18 and U20 and Men’s World Championships
He is an author of the book “Breaking Away, A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph”, where he details the abusive relationship with his father while growing up as hockey phenom.
Patrick and I dive into the following topics.
-Approach to player development
-Building Hockey IQ
-Talent Gaps from the AHL to the NHL
-Rob Blake and Anze Kopitar as the best players he played with
-Dave Tippett and Mike Eaves as the best coaches he ever played for
Patrick is an outspoken and honest person with a knack for soundbites. Here is a sample from this conversation:
“If we just got out of the way a little bit and let them play and do things in practice that simulate a game…”
“Even kids who are good at holding on to the puck, won’t do it in their own zone because they are nervous”
“if Canada ever figures out how to develop kids, the numbers will go through the roof and they will be even better than they already are”
“go watch a practice in the NHL. The way they can pick up bad passes and pucks off the boards… that’s a seperator, for sure”
“good players read and react, the best players are influencing the other team”
“the best coach I played for in the NHL was Dave Tippett. I don’t know if he really liked me”
“The expectations for habits and the way we had to play was completely non-negotiable”… on Mike Eaves
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Hockey IQ with Ted Suihkonen, Player Development Coach HC Lokomotiv, KHL
I connect with Professional Skills Coach, Ted Suihkonen who is the Player Development Coach with HC Lokomotiv in the KHL. We get together to tackle the topic of "hockey sense" and attempt to answer the fundamental questions of, what is hockey sense? and how do you develop hockey sense?
The major talking points that we cover include:
-Ted’s life journey from Northern Minnesota through Alasaka to the KHL with many stops along the way
-“Hockey Sense” vs. “Hockey IQ” – he changed my perspective on this!
-Player identity and mental models of hockey
-Problem solving, adaptability, and decision making
-Youth hockey culture and the importance of play
-The power of reflection
Extreme Ownership Series: Keep it Simple with guest, Brad Flynn, AC Red Deer Rebels, WHL
Extreme Ownership Series continues as Dr. Gary Bowman and I welcome back, Brad Flynn, Assistant Coach Red Deer Rebels, Western Hockey League.
In this episode, we cover the following topics:
- Simple executes, less is fast, more is slow, hockey is simple, it’s just not easy.
-Effective use of language to simplify concepts
-Simplifying the game plan
-In order to simplify, you need to get “into the weeds” first
The Extreme Ownership Series is a creative pursuit to take the lessons from the book, Extreme Ownership, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin and apply it to hockey, coaching, leadership and performance.
Please visit Dr. Gary Bowman at www.propelhp.com and TJ Manastersky at www.tjmanastersky.com