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The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Changing the Game Project and hosted by Changing the Game founder John O'Sullivan. Each week we connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

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    • 4.8 • 222 Ratings

The Way of Champions Podcast is brought to you by Changing the Game Project and hosted by Changing the Game founder John O'Sullivan. Each week we connect you with the top minds in sports, coaching, leadership, and building championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

    #272 Jonah Oliver, Performance Psychologist, on Taking Positive Action, Building Capacity to Embrace Pressure, and Finding Your Why in Order to Perform Your Best

    #272 Jonah Oliver, Performance Psychologist, on Taking Positive Action, Building Capacity to Embrace Pressure, and Finding Your Why in Order to Perform Your Best

    Jonah Oliver (@jonah_oliver1) is one of Australia’s leading performance psychologists. Combining his training in sport psychology and neuroscience, Jonah brings a unique, simple and effective approach to facilitating peak performance. Over the past two decades he has worked with a wide variety of clients: ranging from professional golfers (caddying on the PGA tour), Olympic athletes, professional soccer teams, AFL clubs (Gold Coast Suns Football Club, Essendon Football Club), car racing teams (Porsche – Le Mans World Champion) elite tennis players and coaches, indigenous performing artists, and endurance tri-athletes to name just a few.
    He specializes in the identification, development and mentorship of leaders within the business world, integrating his experience in both sport and business. Jonah is renowned for his ability to present complex psychological theory in readily accessible ways, with his energetic and engaging presenting style. You will see that in our conversation today, as we cover a range of topics including:
    Taking positive action instead of worrying about positive thought Building capacity to embrace fear, pressure and stress Finding your why instead of worrying about motivation How pressure, stress and fear are the price of admission Normalizing the human experience Get ready to take some notes, and learn more at www.JonahOliver.com
    ATTENTION: ONE DAY WAY OF CHAMPIONS LIVE EVENT JUNE 4, 2022: Dr Jerry Lynch and John O’Sullivan will be holding our only live event of the year a one day Way of Champions Crash Course on Saturday, June 4 from 9am-5pm at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah. We are so excited to get back in front of people and talk about culture, leadership, and winning the relationship game. Thanks to some amazing sponsors this event is very cost effective so check it out and sign up today before it sells out. Click here to register. 
    ANNOUNCING THE 2022 WAY OF CHAMPIONS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 25-26: Yes, we are going virtual again in 2022, and we have already amassed an incredible lineup of guests that we are ready to announce, with more to come. Joining us this year are:
    Steve Kerr: Golden State Warriors and Team USA Head Coach Acacia Walker: Head Coach of Boston College Women’s Lacrosse, 2021 NCAA Champions Dave Aranda, Head Coach, Baylor University Football, 2021 Big 12 Champions and Sugar Bowl Champions Sandy Barbour: Athletic Director and VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University Ron Adams: Golden State Warriors Asst. Coach Trevor Ragan: Podcast Host and Founder of The Learner Lab Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches’ Coach” and Communication Specialist Dave Dickerson, Head Coach, University of South Carolina Upstate Men’s Basketball If you register soon, we will throw in the videos from the 2021 Way of Champions Virtual Conference as well, a $349 value! Learn more and register at www.ChangingTheGameProject.com and click Way of Champions Conference on main menu!
    This week’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams. 
    Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you’ve been looking for a true business partner – not just another app – check them out today at sprocketsports.com.
    Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Pod

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #271: Dan Coyle, NYT Bestselling Author on Culture, Zero Tolerance for Brilliant Jerks, and Establishing a Playbook for Building Safety, Vulnerability, and Shared Purpose

    #271: Dan Coyle, NYT Bestselling Author on Culture, Zero Tolerance for Brilliant Jerks, and Establishing a Playbook for Building Safety, Vulnerability, and Shared Purpose

    Daniel Coyle (@DanileCoyle) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code, The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, The Secret Race, Lance Armstrong’s War, and Hardball: A Season in the Projects. Coyle works as an advisor to the Cleveland Guardians of MLB, as well as numerous teams in sports, business and the military throughout the globe. We had Dan on the podcast back in May 2018 when he released his book The Culture Code, and we are excited to have him back on this week to discuss his newest book The Culture Playbook, a practical guide for learning and implementing the principles that drive great teams. 
    In our chat today, we discuss the three components of a great culture, how to start changing your culture in your teams, the four most important words a leader can say, and so much more. You can learn more about Dan at www.DanielCoyle.com or grab his book anywhere books are sold. 
    ATTENTION: ONE DAY WAY OF CHAMPIONS LIVE EVENT JUNE 4, 2022: Dr Jerry Lynch and John O'Sullivan will be holding our only live event of the year a one day Way of Champions Crash Course on Saturday, June 4 from 9am-5pm at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah. We are so excited to get back in front of people and talk about culture, leadership, and winning the relationship game. Thanks to some amazing sponsors this event is very cost effective so check it out and sign up today before it sells out. Click here to register. 
    ANNOUNCING THE 2022 WAY OF CHAMPIONS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 25-26: Yes, we are going virtual again in 2022, and we have already amassed an incredible lineup of guests that we are ready to announce, with more to come. Joining us this year are:
    Steve Kerr: Golden State Warriors and Team USA Head Coach Acacia Walker: Head Coach of Boston College Women’s Lacrosse, 2021 NCAA Champions Dave Aranda, Head Coach, Baylor University Football, 2021 Big 12 Champions and Sugar Bowl Champions Sandy Barbour: Athletic Director and VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University Ron Adams: Golden State Warriors Asst. Coach Trevor Ragan: Podcast Host and Founder of The Learner Lab Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches’ Coach” and Communication Specialist Dave Dickerson, Head Coach, University of South Carolina Upstate Men’s Basketball If you register soon, we will throw in the videos from the 2021 Way of Champions Virtual Conference as well, a $349 value! Learn more and register at www.ChangingTheGameProject.com and click Way of Champions Conference on main menu!
    This week’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams. 
    Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you’ve been looking for a true business partner – not just another app – check them out today at sprocketsports.com.
    Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #270 Mirelle van Rijbroek, US Soccer Director of Talent Identification for Girls, on Defining, Identifying and Developing Talent

    #270 Mirelle van Rijbroek, US Soccer Director of Talent Identification for Girls, on Defining, Identifying and Developing Talent

    Mirelle van Rijbroek has been US Soccer's Director of Talent Identification for the Girls Program since 2017. van Rijbroek is a UEFA A Licensed coach, and began her coaching career in her native Netherlands working for clubs and the KNVB, as well as the head of Talent Identification, Talent Development, and Elite Performance for the Youth National Teams. Her role with US Soccer consists of identifying and monitoring the development of potential US Youth National Team Players, scouting, scout education, and developing coaching education content for coaching courses and clubs. She manages three Talent ID Managers and over 90 youth national team scouts across the country.
    In our talk today, we discuss the six components of talent that US Soccer seeks to identify and develop, and well as explore the following ideas:
    Talent and Talent Identification Performance /Potential Player Development and developmental Psychology – Player wellbeing. Game Evolution – Future Player/Future Game Soccer Landscape: Player Pathway and Player Journey  If you have not yet listened to episode #269 with Lee Hancock on Talent Zones, it is a wonderful companion to this talk. 
    ANNOUNCING THE 2022 WAY OF CHAMPIONS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 25-26: Yes, we are going virtual again in 2022, and we have already amassed an incredible lineup of guests that we are ready to announce, with more to come. Joining us this year are:
    Steve Kerr: Golden State Warriors and Team USA Head Coach Acacia Walker: Head Coach of Boston College Women’s Lacrosse, 2021 NCAA Champions Dave Aranda, Head Coach, Baylor University Football, 2021 Big 12 Champions and Sugar Bowl Champions Sandy Barbour: Athletic Director and VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University Ron Adams: Golden State Warriors Asst. Coach Trevor Ragan: Podcast Host and Founder of The Learner Lab Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches’ Coach” and Communication Specialist Dave Dickerson, Head Coach, University of South Carolina Upstate Men’s Basketball If you register soon, we will throw in the videos from the 2021 Way of Champions Virtual Conference as well, a $349 value! Learn more and register at www.ChangingTheGameProject.com and click Way of Champions Conference on main menu!
    This week’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams. 
    Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you’ve been looking for a true business partner – not just another app – check them out today at sprocketsports.com.
    Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take notes! A code to get free access to our online course called “Coaching Mastery,” usually a $97 course, plus four other courses worth over $100, all yours for free for becoming a patron. Other special bonus opportunities that come up time to time Access to an o

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #269: Dr Lee Hancock, Performance Psychologist, Discusses his New Book Talent Zones: 10 Tools to Help Kids Develop Their Talents

    #269: Dr Lee Hancock, Performance Psychologist, Discusses his New Book Talent Zones: 10 Tools to Help Kids Develop Their Talents

    Dr. Lee Hancock (@DrLeeHancock) is a professor, performance psychology coach, and program creator who works with students, athletes, coaches, educators, parents, organizations, and other high-level performers. Dr. Hancock earned his Master’s and Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is a tenured professor in kinesiology at California State University Dominguez Hills. He has had a private practice for more than 20 years, where he has worked with athletes from youth to professional and with classroom teachers, students, and parents of awesome kids. Dr. Hancock is also an internationally recognized speaker and author. Most importantly, he is a dad of three high-energy, competitive, caring boys. Each time he engages with a person or a group, his goal is always the same: to help them be more prepared to perform their best—when it counts! He lives in Los Angeles, California.
    In today's episode Lee and John discuss his new book Talent Zones: 10 Tools to Help Kids Develop Their Talents. It is a great read, and outlines topics such as embracing failure as an opportunity, providing opportunities for deep practice, building realistic optimism, managing pressure and developing grit among the areas we can help kids fulfill their potential.  The book relies on the latest research in psychology, sport science, and  more to give you tools to help develop your young athletes. You can grab the book here.
    ANNOUNCING THE 2022 WAY OF CHAMPIONS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 25-26: Yes, we are going virtual again in 2022, and we have already amassed an incredible lineup of guests that we are ready to announce, with more to come. Joining us this year are:
    Steve Kerr: Golden State Warriors and Team USA Head Coach Acacia Walker: Head Coach of Boston College Women’s Lacrosse, 2021 NCAA Champions Dave Aranda, Head Coach, Baylor University Football, 2021 Big 12 Champions and Sugar Bowl Champions Sandy Barbour: Athletic Director and VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University Ron Adams: Golden State Warriors Asst. Coach Trevor Ragan: Podcast Host and Founder of The Learner Lab Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches’ Coach” and Communication Specialist Dave Dickerson, Head Coach, University of South Carolina Upstate Men’s Basketball If you register soon, we will throw in the videos from the 2021 Way of Champions Virtual Conference as well, a $349 value! Learn more and register at www.ChangingTheGameProject.com and click Way of Champions Conference on main menu!
    This week’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams. 
    Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you’ve been looking for a true business partner – not just another app – check them out today at sprocketsports.com.
    Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions) for as little as a cup of coffee per month (OK, its a Venti Mocha), to help us up the ante and provide even better interviews, better sound, and an overall enhanced experience. Plus, as a $10 per month Podcast Super-Champion, you will have access to never before released and bonus material, including:
    Downloadable transcripts of our best podcasts, so you don’t have to crash your car trying to take notes! A code to get 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #268 Mark Bennett Masterclass Part II: How to Implement the PDS System, Avoid Common Mistakes, and Engage Parents and Coaches in the Process of Creating the Needs Centered Environment

    #268 Mark Bennett Masterclass Part II: How to Implement the PDS System, Avoid Common Mistakes, and Engage Parents and Coaches in the Process of Creating the Needs Centered Environment

    In Part II of our Masterclass with Mark Bennett, founder of Performance Development Systems, we build upon last week's session and cover how to implement the PDS needs centered approach, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to engage fellow coaches and parents in the process. If you have come here first, we highly recommend starting with episode 267 or some of what we speak about will not make much sense. 
    Mark Bennett (@PDScoach) has been one of our most popular guests over the years, and has been training, coaching & mentoring individuals and teams since the early 90s, including world and Olympic champions, professional rugby teams, the Cleveland Indians of MLB, and Oklahoma Thunder of the NBA. He joined the British Army in 1983 and passed the world famous Commando course in 1990, and while serving with 29 Commando Regiment as the senior instructor, running the Commando Training Wing, Mark was the first person to initiate structural change to the way soldiers were trained for the commando course. His work in this field culminated in the design of the Performance Development Systems; a holistic and robust approach to maximize real world performance for organizations, coaches and athletes.
    Following several years of running, designing and quality controlling “train the trainer” courses for the Military, Mark turned down promotion in order to leave the forces to commit to working on PDS full time. He has spent over 30 years researching and developing effective learning and adherence systems to help coaches and trainers maximize the performance of the individuals and teams they are working with. In 2006 Mark was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) by her Majesty the Queen for his work in developing the system.
    In Episode 267, we discussed the foundations of PDS, including the Rule of 3, developing non negotiables, UAE’s, and the importance of self awareness and state for both coaches and athletes. Mark has recently launched a super deep dive online course which you can get 25% off by entering Champion25 at this link. It is a great course that I have recently gone through and cannot recommend it highly enough. https://bit.ly/37riGVE
    ANNOUNCING THE 2022 WAY OF CHAMPIONS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 25-26: Yes, we are going virtual again in 2022, and we have already amassed an incredible lineup of guests that we are ready to announce, with more to come. Joining us this year are:
    Steve Kerr: Golden State Warriors and Team USA Head Coach Acacia Walker: Head Coach of Boston College Women’s Lacrosse, 2021 NCAA Champions Dave Aranda, Head Coach, Baylor University Football, 2021 Big 12 Champions and Sugar Bowl Champions Sandy Barbour: Athletic Director and VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University Ron Adams: Golden State Warriors Asst. Coach Trevor Ragan: Podcast Host and Founder of The Learner Lab Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches’ Coach” and Communication Specialist Dave Dickerson, Head Coach, University of South Carolina Upstate Men’s Basketball If you register soon, we will throw in the videos from the 2021 Way of Champions Virtual Conference as well, a $349 value! Learn more and register at www.ChangingTheGameProject.com and click Way of Champions Conference on main menu!
    This week’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams. 
    Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you’ve been looking for a true business partner – not just another app – check them out tod

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #267 Mark Bennett Masterclass Part I: Creating a Needs Based Coaching Environment, The Rule of 3, Developing Team Non-negotiables, and Getting Your Athletes to Take More Ownership of Training and Games

    #267 Mark Bennett Masterclass Part I: Creating a Needs Based Coaching Environment, The Rule of 3, Developing Team Non-negotiables, and Getting Your Athletes to Take More Ownership of Training and Games

    This week we bring you Part I of a two episode masterclass with Mark Bennett (@PDScoach). Mark has been one of our most popular guests over the years, and has been training, coaching & mentoring individuals and teams since the early 90s, including world and Olympic champions, professional rugby teams, the Cleveland Indians of MLB, and Oklahoma Thunder of the NBA. He joined the British Army in 1983 and passed the world famous Commando course in 1990, and while serving with 29 Commando Regiment as the senior instructor, running the Commando Training Wing, Mark was the first person to initiate structural change to the way soldiers were trained for the commando course. His work in this field culminated in the design of the Performance Development Systems; a holistic and robust approach to maximize real world performance for organizations, coaches and athletes.
    Following several years of running, designing and quality controlling “train the trainer” courses for the Military, Mark turned down promotion in order to leave the forces to commit to working on PDS full time. He has spent over 30 years researching and developing effective learning and adherence systems to help coaches and trainers maximize the performance of the individuals and teams they are working with. In 2006 Mark was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) by her Majesty the Queen for his work in developing the system.
    In part I of our talk, we discuss the foundations of PDS, including the Rule of 3, developing non negotiables, UAE's, and the importance of self awareness and state for both coaches and athletes. Mark has recently launched a super deep dive online course which you can get 25% off by entering Champion25 at this link. It is a great course that I have recently gone through and cannot recommend it highly enough. https://bit.ly/37riGVE
    ANNOUNCING THE 2022 WAY OF CHAMPIONS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, JUNE 25-26: Yes, we are going virtual again in 2022, and we have already amassed an incredible lineup of guests that we are ready to announce, with more to come. Joining us this year are:
    Steve Kerr: Golden State Warriors and Team USA Head Coach Acacia Walker: Head Coach of Boston College Women’s Lacrosse, 2021 NCAA Champions Dave Aranda, Head Coach, Baylor University Football, 2021 Big 12 Champions and Sugar Bowl Champions Sandy Barbour: Athletic Director and VP of Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University Ron Adams: Golden State Warriors Asst. Coach Trevor Ragan: Podcast Host and Founder of The Learner Lab Betsy Butterick, “The Coaches’ Coach” and Communication Specialist Dave Dickerson, Head Coach, University of South Carolina Upstate Men’s Basketball If you register soon, we will throw in the videos from the 2021 Way of Champions Virtual Conference as well, a $349 value! Learn more and register at www.ChangingTheGameProject.com and click Way of Champions Conference on main menu!
    This week’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Sprocket Sports.  Sprocket Sports is a new software platform for youth sports clubs.  Yeah, there are a lot of these systems out there, but Sprocket provides the full enchilada. They give you all the cool front-end stuff to make your club look good– like websites and marketing tools – AND all the back-end transactions and services to run your business better so you can focus on what really matters – your players and your teams. 
    Sprocket is built for those clubs looking to thrive, not just survive, in the competitive world of youth sports clubs.  So if you’ve been looking for a true business partner – not just another app – check them out today at sprocketsports.com.
    Become a Podcast Champion! This weeks podcast is also sponsored by our Patreon Podcast Champions. Help Support the Podcast and get FREE access to our most popular online courses, a $300 value. If you love the podcast, we would love for you to become a Podcast Champion, (https://www.patreon.com/wayofchampions)

    • 1 hr 18 min

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222 Ratings

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Great podcast

John does an excellent job. He has outstanding guests and is a leader in this space. Highly recommend listening!

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