249 episodes

The Talent Equation podcast is an 'exploration in human advancement'... mostly (but not exclusively) through the lens of sport and physical activity.

Each episode is an 'emergent conversation' with practitioners, parents, researchers, authors (or some combination of all three) taking a deep dive into the ways that people can help others to enhance their developmental journey in whatever field they are committed to.

These conversations are not mainstream - you will not hear ideas that are provided on standard education courses - they often fly in the face of convention - they will sometimes be controversial and provocative - the show is about doing things differently and doing different things. 

The people who come on the show are innovators - they are trying to break new ground or swim against the tide of what they see as a broken culture or an ineffective system - what they say will prompt new thinking or new ideas. 

All that is asked of the listener is to embrace the conversation with an open mind.

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The Talent Equation Podcast Stuart Armstrong

    • Sports
    • 4.6 • 56 Ratings

The Talent Equation podcast is an 'exploration in human advancement'... mostly (but not exclusively) through the lens of sport and physical activity.

Each episode is an 'emergent conversation' with practitioners, parents, researchers, authors (or some combination of all three) taking a deep dive into the ways that people can help others to enhance their developmental journey in whatever field they are committed to.

These conversations are not mainstream - you will not hear ideas that are provided on standard education courses - they often fly in the face of convention - they will sometimes be controversial and provocative - the show is about doing things differently and doing different things. 

The people who come on the show are innovators - they are trying to break new ground or swim against the tide of what they see as a broken culture or an ineffective system - what they say will prompt new thinking or new ideas. 

All that is asked of the listener is to embrace the conversation with an open mind.

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/the-talent-equation-podcast--2186775/support.

    “I think sometimes you do drills for other reasons than skill development" - a conversation with Mike Jagacki

    “I think sometimes you do drills for other reasons than skill development" - a conversation with Mike Jagacki

    This episode is another in my new series focussed on having conversations with people I don't 100% agree with.

    Mike Jagacki joins me to explore the nuances of his basketball coaching philosophy which takes a 'best of both worlds' approach' trying to integrate ecological ideas with concepts from information processing. 

    Key Themes Discussed:Balancing Coaching Styles: the importance of finding the right mix between structured and flexible coaching approaches. We delve into how aligning coaching philosophies within the staff and incorporating various styles can lead to optimal team performance.Influence of Mentors and Philosophy Integration: The episode highlights how mentors have played a crucial role in shaping Mike's coaching beliefs and practices. We explore the significance of building a solid defensive foundation and how integrating different coaching philosophies enhances player capabilities.Player Development Methodologies: Unpacking the balance between isolated skill drills and game-like contextual training, in fostering player growth. The focus is on the necessity of blending foundational skill-building with decision-making and real-game scenarios for effective skill transfer.Dynamic and Adaptive Training: Training methods that are not only dynamic and adaptive but also encourage creativity. These methods aim to refine specific skills while ensuring they fit within a structured sports system.Building Confidence and Teamwork: We examine the role of drills in fostering confidence, teamwork, and a positive player mentality. The episode also covers how pre-practice rituals can instill core values in players.Overcoming Challenges and Instilling Core Values: From desensitizing players to fear and hesitation to the use of specific terminology for smooth transitions from individual skills to team play. 

    I enjoyed the conversation - I hope you do too. 

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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Dog Walk Diary - with special guest (my wife Claire!)

    Dog Walk Diary - with special guest (my wife Claire!)

    So this is a bit of a high risk podcast. I’m joined for my reflective time with Flo the dog by my wife Claire to talk about what it’s like to live with me!!

    She doesn’t hold back!!

    Hope you enjoy

    Link to my podcast with Jamie Edwards

    https://www.spreaker.com/episo...

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    • 41 min
    "There were times when I didn't want to go to practice" - a conversation with Adrian 'Eco Hoops' Sapp

    "There were times when I didn't want to go to practice" - a conversation with Adrian 'Eco Hoops' Sapp

    Adrian Sapp is a basketball coach from Ontario in Canada. He runs a basketball programme called 'Eco Hoops' which states in it's mission statement...

    "EcoHoops, driven by a mission to transform youth basketball, places the utmost emphasis on nurturing the whole child. Central to our philosophy is the mental and emotional well-being of every young athlete, ensuring a positive, safe, and joy-filled basketball experience."

    I thought that I need to get Sdrian on to have a chat and explore his story.

    We delve into the following topics:
    How Steph Curry is a product of envionemntal constraints.Adrian's challenges to get parents and other coaches to embrace the appoach.How discovering the ecological approach helped him go from being critical and miserable to engaging and joyful.How learning about Growth Mindset from his child's school homework acted as the 'gateway' to an ecological worldview.Link to the Eco Hoops Website
    Link to the X account

    I hope you enjoy.


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Do coaches have theories or do they have a "bundle of beliefs" - a conversation with Phil Kearney

    Do coaches have theories or do they have a "bundle of beliefs" - a conversation with Phil Kearney

    Today, I am thrilled to welcome Phil Kearney back to the podcast. Phil is a renowned figure in the field of sports science, with a particular focus on skill acquisition and talent development. He brings a wealth of experience from his work as the course director for a master’s program in applied sports coaching at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

    Key Takeaways:
    Impact of Coaches’ Beliefs: how coaches’ beliefs not only affect their coaching behaviors but also the transfer of life skills beyond the playing field. Phil underlines the necessity for coaches to critically assess their own beliefs and integrate evidence-based practices.

    Theoretical Understanding in Coaching: Understanding various coaching theories, such as ecological dynamics, cognitive psychology, and game-based methods, is essential for effective practice. Phil emphasizes the need for coaches to be well-versed in these theories to enhance their coaching styles.

    Professional judgement and decision making (PJDM) in coaching: we umpack this concept and debate it's value as a construct to support coaching practice. Hope you enjoy

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    • 1 hr 49 min
    “Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not." - a conversation with Brett Holland and Sion Kitson

    “Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not." - a conversation with Brett Holland and Sion Kitson

    In this episode, we dive deep into the transformative world of talent development within England Hockey by welcoming back Brett Holland and Sean Kitson, two previous podcast guests and who share their experiences and approaches to nurturing young talent in the sport of field hockey.

    Main Themes:
    The shift from a centralised system to a more flexible, decentralized approach, recognizing the individuality of athletes’ development paths.The challenges and benefits of non-linear athlete development, emphasizing the need for multiple entry points and pathways for young players.The significance of customising coaching strategies to suit individual needs and the deliberate actions taken to enhance talent development.A clear understanding of objectives across different environments, such as school clubs and junior academies.Integration of competition into training as a means to measure progress and the importance of competition in sports overall.The necessity for a collaborative effort in the talent development ecosystem, guided by a comprehensive talent system framework.I hope you enjoy




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    • 1 hr 10 min
    "There are never answers....just more questions" - a conversation with Jordan Cassidy

    "There are never answers....just more questions" - a conversation with Jordan Cassidy

    Jordan Cassidy (MSc) has worked across the globe since September 2013, from Ireland, to Hong Kong, to the UK, and now in Brisbane, Australia. He has worked all over the world in roles such as a sports scientist, athletic development coach, and physical education teacher.


    ​Jordan is currently conducting research in skill acquisition and coaching at Queensland University of Technology, while working as a coach and player development consultant for clubs and schools across Queensland.

    Jordan and I get together to discuss a blog post he wrote at his website www.skilledathleticism.com which I was keen to unpack and explore. There are some 'headscratchers' in the article for me that I was keen to understand more and see where our point of agreement was.

    I hope you see from this conversation that it is very possible to have different viewpoints and still have a productive conversation that moves our understanding further.

    I hope you enjoy.

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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

SFL Hockey ,

Not only is this approach more fun for the kids, it’s way more fun for the coach!

Stuart has great guests and does an amazing job of breaking down the ecological dynamics approach so that non academics, which most of us coaches are, in a way we can understand and even more importantly, utilize in our practice design. Coming from the ice hockey world, which can be very rooted in tradition, these podcasts help me support what I am doing, make it so I can explain to parents why I am doing it and help me be creative in creating environments for learning. As a coach developer for USA Hockey, these are the concepts we are presenting to our coaches and there isn’t a clinic that I present that I don’t pull ideas or phrases from these episodes to help our coaches understand and use these concepts. As Stuart has said “once you see it, you can’t unsee it”

Frank Kelly ,

Great info for sports coaches, athletes and parents

If you are a coach who wants to get better, an athelete who wants to do the same or a parent who wants to help their child then this is the Podcast to listen too.
So many amazing guests across different sports and different fields esp. psychology.
"Ditch those drills!"

CoachRap ,

Interrupting ads

Great podcast of course but maybe let the listeners know you’re going to break for a sponsor instead of just cutting off mid sentence to run an ad?

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