Sport Stories Podcast
Dr Cath Bishop – Author of The Long Win, business coach, medal winning Olympic rower and former diplomat

Dr Cath Bishop – Author of The Long Win, business coach, medal winning Olympic rower and former diplomat

January 4, 2021

From being categorised as ‘not a sporty child’ to winning and Olympic medal and authoring a best selling book on winning. What and incredible insight and experience!

Dr Cath Bishop is an Olympian, former diplomat, business coach and author.

She competed in rowing at 3 Olympic Games, winning World Championships gold in 2003 and Olympic silver in Athens 2004. As a diplomat for the British Foreign Office for 12 years, Cath specialized in policy and negotiations on conflict issues, with postings to Bosnia and Iraq. Cath now works as a business consultant, leadership coach and author, and teaches on Executive Education programmes at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and is a Visiting Professor at Surrey Business School.

Cath speaks at events globally on topics of leadership, high performing teams and cultural change. Her first book ‘The Long Win: the search for a better way to succeed’, published October 2020, was described by the Financial Times as ‘a deep and rewarding exploration of human motivation in sport, politics, business and our personal lives’ and listed in their Top 10 Business Books for 2020.

  

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Success Quotes or sayings:

I didn’t know how to access sport and fitness at an early age

The concepts were playing out – trying hard at school, wanting to learn and working out how I could become better at something

I was interested., curious and intrigued

I was conscientious and hard working and used these principles

Really understanding – what’s the drama behind the piece

Searching and being curious all the time

Find something that is so exciting I want to bury myself in it

I was categorised as not a sporty child

I saw opportunities which I believed were not open to me

There was a real joy when I found sport – it was all mine

Striving is a real part of me – I struggle to switch it off

The tension between the learning process and performance outcome measurements

An interest in looking at things beyond just the answer

Peoples answers and reactions gave you a sense there were ‘good ways to go’ and ‘bad ways to go’

What about them – this is what I often struggle with – the constant segregation

I was doing well but feeling  really uncomfortable at the same time

I feel uncomfortable about the labels we put on people

I was totally released from outcomes – it was a really lovely thing. I just wanted to do ourselves proud

I realised the was a process of ‘you just have to get on with it!’

You had to opt in – there was no option of opting out

The scenario was - I cannot run away so had to run towards. There was no spotlight on JUST you!

Focussing on yourself as well as others

I am afraid of the water and still am…. Yet being ON the water is my favourite place

Lots of things exclude you...how can we emphasise how to INCLUDE you

[Watch for] sweeping statements that teachers (and developers) make

Fun being so important even when we put in more training and take things ‘more seriously’

The performance narrative that arrived was dense and oppressive – but thought that is what you have got to do to be an Olympic rower?

I then threw myself into this narrative…

I tried to learn all this ‘dominant winning language’. I found this really hard!

I am so glad I loved the sport and being on the river

Having a broad network of connections and friends was so important

My other interests were a lifeline and necessity for me to be able to perform

I did things to an obsessive degree which at times came at a cost

The importance of compassion and mindfulness in sport

Seeing sport in the broader framework is really helpful to performance

Making sense of the obsession with winning – who are the real winners?

You can’t control the result…you can control what you do.

Let’s see what we can learn and then see where it takes us…

Importance of connecting performance at a deeper level and to what comes afterwards

Curiosity and learning is the positive fuel

It is not about enjoying sport and therefore lowering standards – which is often what people fear

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are?

Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed

A Bigger Prize: When No One Wins Unless Everyone Wins by Margaret Heffernan

 

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Time to exercise everyday

Be really present and in the moment

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Don’t obsess over the results, be present and more of what I take joy from

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

Ron and Roger – coaches I had at University

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Daley Thompson - Decathlete

 

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

What perceptions do you have of yourself and others that are limiting and how might you change them?

2

How has your position in your family helped or hindered your beliefs and attitudes towards hard work and success?

3

How would you define success for you on your own terms?

4

How does being the best version of you and the notion of ‘winning’ sit for you?

5

Win or lose: What are you going to gain regardless of the result?

 

 

Contact info:

www.cathbishop.com

@thecathbishop

Kevin Sinfield MBE – Director of Rugby at Leeds Rhinos and marathon fundraiser for MND Association.

Kevin Sinfield MBE – Director of Rugby at Leeds Rhinos and marathon fundraiser for MND Association.

December 24, 2020

Kevin Sinfield needs little introduction. Captained Great Britain at RL, played both codes of Rugby, SPOTY runner up and most recently has raised a huge amount of money for the MND association in support of his close friend Rob Burrow who is suffering from this cruel disease. In his word this was “the best week of his life” – running 7 marathons in 7 days.

Kev the younger brother, best mate, team mate, retired player, the leader, the fundraiser and really importantly the father of the family shares some of his very own personal story in his usual humble, authentic, and determined way.

It is a must listen and you cannot fail to be both choked and inspired by what he has achieved and how he has achieved it!  Some how you know there is more to come!

 

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Key quotes or sayings:

A group of 4 or 5 blokes just helping a mate!

This is NOT sport – this is about people and their lives!

It is a DIFFERENT satisfaction from playing and winning medals and rings

I need to test myself – challenge myself – see what my body can do.

Have the courage just to go for it!

It’s clear – we all had a similar mindset and a common goal

Think of a team as the need of a full set of vitamins and minerals to perform at your best

Working is performance sport is demanding and often just a slog

Part of being in a team is giving a lot of yourself

Selfish nature of performance

Fine balance when being a player and leader to get things right

The importance of being able to read people

In the team environment – I never put myself before the team – NEVER!!

Importance of family holidays – especially as we come to a stage when you become un cool for your kids to want to join you.

Emotionally tough but we all got a glow about us

Until you are in that situation – you don’t appreciate - friendships matter so much

Quitting never ever entered my head…

The ‘big elephant in the room’ is the person. Lets not loose sight of them for the small percentage gains

People respond differently to different types of adversity

Dare to dream…

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

What are the key principles or values you live your life by?

2

Kev said Friendships matter so much: What are the quality and depth of your friendships? Who would do a 7 in 7 challenge for you and who would YOU do  a challenge for  and how would this enhance your friendship?

3

What has lockdown given you the time to do? What benefit have you taken from it?

4

If you dared yourself to DREAM...what would you dream?

 

Contact info:

Leeds Rhinos website and social media channels

 

Donate to MND Association

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sinfield-7-in-7

Chris Ratcliffe - CEO Boccia England and previously represented GB in the 1985 Deaflympics (Water Polo) and Wales Deaf Rugby

Chris Ratcliffe - CEO Boccia England and previously represented GB in the 1985 Deaflympics (Water Polo) and Wales Deaf Rugby

December 21, 2020

Chris shares his experience in life and sport growing up as a deaf person trying to ‘fit in’ and learning that the realisation that every one of us is different

Chris really brings to life what it has been like living with and overcoming adversity. Being born profoundly deaf, being bullied as a young person and playing performance sport and successfully undertaking senior positions with sporting organisations are all areas we cover in this amazing conversation over a zoom call.

For me there is a real theme of do we want to be treated the same or differently and the consequences of this.

If you are facing challenges and wondering how you may over come them then listen in for some inspiration and guidance. Chris shares some of his strategies that helped. They may help you!

 

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Success Quote or saying:

You can only control what you can control

Egos and logos

Reflect and listen

The importance of feedback in a safe environment

A conscious journey of learning

Preparation is key

Being a game changer and making a difference

Michael Jordan said “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Success is often more down to the effort you put in more than anything else

Fine line between managing frustration and getting frustrated

You have to practice in order to become good at it

The importance of coaching the person not the sport

Somebody who believed in me because of my ability not seeing my deafness as a disability

The importance of switching off and relaxing

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are?

Winning!: The path to Rugby World Cup glory by Clive Woodward

My Life and Rugby: The Autobiography by Eddie Jones

Leading by Sir Alex Ferguson

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Read – Ian Rankin

Get out and walk the ‘black dog’

Note book and pen to capture thoughts

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

 Pay attention and value learning

Everyone of us is different…. We are all different from one another!

Celebrate and embrace differences.

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

Parents

Celia Brackenridge (course tutor and personal tutor) She made me feel included.

Colin Beech

Barry Horne at Activity Alliance

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Johnny Weissmuller actor and swimmer

Terence Parkin deaf South African swimmer

Tom Smith (Scottish Rugby Player)

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

What are you taking for granted in your life and how could you show greater appreciation for what you have?

2

How open are you to learning and your blind spots and what do you need to have in place to unearth them, then potential they offer and the associated learning?

 

Contact info:

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-ratcliffe-1b78a44/

Website:  https://www.bocciaengland.org.uk/

John Blain – Former Yorkshire, Northamptonshire & Scotland Cricketer and now Director of Cricket at The Grange C.C. in Edinburgh.

John Blain – Former Yorkshire, Northamptonshire & Scotland Cricketer and now Director of Cricket at The Grange C.C. in Edinburgh.

December 14, 2020

A very candid view of what High Performance is to him and what he needed to survive. As expected, John was open and honest about his journey through sport touching on some of the highs, the lows and controversies he was involved in. A constant was John asking himself “What was the learning in that”

This is a unique and authentic story..

John shares some really personal and never shared before stories when he was involved as a played for Scotland and coach at Yorkshire. It is a must listen….and a great opportunity to learn from his Sport Story. Here is a little more about John and his background…

John is a Scottish, Edinburgh born ex First Class and International Cricketer who was inducted into the Cricket Scotland Hall of Fame in May 2019. In formative years John enjoyed 6 years within the pathway of youth professional Football with Hibernian F.C. and Falkirk F.C. John is also an ECB Level 4 Cricket Coach awarded in 2013.

From a modest sporting background, John has followed a less than linear and comfortable pathway to the highest possible playing and coaching levels in Cricket. Over 25 years of involvement in professional sport comes with a strong and compelling backstory of ups, downs, challenges and learnings.

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Success quotes or sayings that stood out:

  • For me it was right!
  • Mum and dad provided a scaffolding support
  • I was very self taught
  • It was a potent mix for me as a learner
  • Help an individual understand how they take on information
  • I came up on the inside track
  • Circumstance plus opportunity
  • 2 sports that complemented each other but the struggle was at times hard
  • We talk about High Performance is playing ‘in the moment’ and with freedom
  • I played in the moment and that is why I was best suited to high performance
  • The irony of High performance – Play in moment and self-taught
  • High Performance should come with a Toxic sign
  • I needed that high performance personality to survive
  • I really appreciate and took the learning once I came out the High Performance environment
  • I just problem solved and learnt as I went – which I called on this skill throughout my career
  • Importance of aligning myself with good people
  • I left home at 17 yrs old. My Past (early) experiences stood me in good stead later in life
  • People are often given positions but still need to earn the credentials/credibility
  • Importance of understanding the person and having the coaching toolbox
  • You have to go and try and understand the individual
  • The job is about the ‘struggle chapters’ as well as the ‘good chapters’ in the book.
  • As a coach I often find myself searching for the answer myself.
  • I often stop and ask myself – what is the learning in that
  • The importance of having a trusted support network to share and ask
  • I need to step back and take time for my personal learning
  • The importance of culture and setting the ‘right’ environment to learn and improve

 

Quick fire questions:

How I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Discipline to do the volume and be organised

Have everything planned and in place

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My family – mum, dad and sister!

Philip St Johnstone – Penicuik

Jim Love

Ricky Graham

Steve Oldham

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

What strategies do you have today that have helped you in the past but no longer help you now? How can you now change these strategies?

2

You don’t have to do it on your won – who do you call on when in need of help and support? Who is in your trusted support network and what is missing?

3

What is the ‘mix of ingredients’ you require to best help you learn?

 

Contact info:

Twitter - Johnblain4

Email - johnblain4@hotmail.co.uk

Prof. Damian Hughes – Co-host High Performance Podcast, international speaker and best-selling author

Prof. Damian Hughes – Co-host High Performance Podcast, international speaker and best-selling author

December 7, 2020

The Story behind the person asking the High-Performance questions…

Get a real insight into the influence his father played on his journey through sport and why he now does what he does and the many lessons he has learnt along the way to living a high performance lifestyle.

I just love his very clear non-negotiable behaviours of kindness, fun and engaging and can it make a positive difference. Listen in to the episode and make your own judgement if Damian lives to these.  I certainly think he does!!

If you are interested to know more about Damian then have a look at the bottom of the show notes for his detailed biography. I would suggest you just listen in to the conversation as there are so many thought provoking stories and situations for you to make sense of.

It was a real pleasure and hopefully will inspire you to take responsibility and be the best version of you!

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Success quotes or powerful sayings form the Pod:

  • I am going to do the best I can with what I have got where I am - enjoy the process
  • Education is the engine to change lives
  • The importance of following your passion
  • Go out there, give it a go and shape lives along the way
  • You can see the ghost of peoples childhoods wrestling around their adult bodies
  • Non-negotiable behaviours that are mental gate keepers for me
  • The importance of reflecting and learning from mistakes
  • If your presence doesn’t make an impact your absence won’t make a difference
  • Your ability to learn and unlearn and go back and reflect on it
  • Enjoyed versus endured
  • Being happy in the moment is ‘high performance’
  • Ask yourself is this helpful for you or is it not – a powerful question to frame your conversations
  • Never have I ever said – the Dunning Kruger Law
  • The importance of understanding the ‘rules of the game’
  • Explain the rules of the game – then play out the FIFO effect.
  • Ambiguity is your big enemy – save in creating big issues by reducing ambiguity
  • Being kind to myself and then those around me
  • Taking 100% responsibility for the choices you make.

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are?

An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan

Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom to the Test of Modern Science by Jonathan Haidt

How do you prepare yourself to be the best version of you?

Spending time on my own

Managing my time

Learning to say no!

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My farther

Tony Smith (Rugby League Coach)

Jake Humphrey (Friend, BT sport Commentator and High Performance Pod Co-host)

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

The Boxer - Marvin Hagler

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

What are your non-negotiable behaviours and principles and why are they important to you?

2

What did your parents do that has had a major impact on your life and how?

3

What is it you need to do in order to ‘get your energy’ and give yourself time and space to reflect and make sense of what is going on in your life?

 

4

How do you demonstrate what you stand for and show your vulnerability?

5

What are you NOT taking 100% responsibility for? How might you change this and what might the benefit be?

6

What does your book collection say about you?

 

Contact info:

To make contact with Damian have a look at his website of get in contact with me and I will make the introduction.

www.liquidthinker.com

 

 

Biography:

Professor Damian Hughes is an international speaker and bestselling author who combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisational development and change psychology, to help organisations and teams to create a high performing culture.

He is the author of eight best-selling business books, including Liquid Thinking, Liquid Leadership, How to Change Absolutely Anything, How to Think Like Sir Alex Ferguson, The Five STEPS to a Winning Mindset and The Barcelona Way: Unlocking the DNA of a Winning Culture. These have been translated into ten languages. He has also been nominated for the 2007 William Hill Sports book of the year award for Peerless, his biography of boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson. In 2009, he co-authored a critically acclaimed biography of boxing legend, Thomas Hearns in Hitman: the Thomas Hearns Story. In 2013, his latest biography, Marvelous Marvin Hagler became the UK’s best selling sports biography.

He was appointed as a Professor of Organisational Psychology and Change for Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2010.

He is the co-host of The High Performance Podcast, an acclaimed series of interviews with elite performers from business, sport and the arts, exploring the psychology behind sustained high performance.

He has served as a member of the coaching team for England Rugby League, Scotland Rugby Union and a wide range of international and national sporting teams.

His innovative and exciting approach has been praised by Sir Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, Sir Terry Leahy, Sir Roger Bannister, Tiger Woods, Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sport Stories Podcast: Review of the first 30 episodes

Sport Stories Podcast: Review of the first 30 episodes

October 26, 2020
Watch Now:

A quick review of the first 3 series of the Sport Stories Podcast. 30 fantastic episodes with a range of individuals involved in sport.  I share my 10 key reflections and some of the things that most resonated with me! 

If you take half as much as I did from the stories that were shared then its worth a listen!

 

As always  - get in touch at www.sportstories247.com or leave a review on Apple Podcasts (or your preferred pod. provider) 

Greg Baker – Head Coach British Para Table Tennis, Performance Mentor and Executive Coach

Greg Baker – Head Coach British Para Table Tennis, Performance Mentor and Executive Coach

October 19, 2020

If you want to be the best coach (or person!) you can be, perform at the highest level, achieve success following success or build a performance culture then this is definitely a listen for you.

Greg shares many insights in working with para athletes, building teams for the Olympic games as well as how he has managed himself though the highs and lows of his career in sport.

Greg has 20+ years experience of being involved in High Performance Sport as an Athlete, Coach, Head Coach, Executive Coach and Performance Mentor

Given that Greg has a real passion for building teams and cultures through people I can assure you that there will be some fantastic take aways and tips for you the work on.

 

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Success Quote or saying:

  • Parental support and caring was crucial
  • Coach athlete relationship – it’s 2 way relationship to be successful
  • As we get older and more experienced, we need that challenge even more to keep us learning and improving
  • I realised I didn’t know all the answers
  • Culture develops and changes depending on your context
  • Make sure you have leaders everywhere that want to step up
  • It comes back to principles, values and common purpose
  • To influence yourself you have to be able to influence yourself first
  • The more you can align your behaviours and your intentions the better
  • Take in the input and perspective of others to make really informed decisions
  • Ask great questions to challenges others (athletes) assumptions and beliefs
  • Knowing what type of approach to take given the situation – psychological flexibility
  • Be bold in your vision and meticulous in your planning (Shakleton)

  

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are? 

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic by Alfred Lansing

Score Takes Care Of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules by L. David Marquet

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Don’t think you have all the answers

Don’t think that everyone else has all the answers – you have a view and perspective.

Listen, learn and be curious from an early age!

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My parents – they supo

Neil Robinson

Matt Kenny

Andrew Rushton

Gorazd Vecko

 

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Eddie Jones

 

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

 

How well do you know yourself – What do you need to do to uncover your blind spots or be re assured that what is perceived and what is actually received is aligned?

2

 

How do your reset yourself before every interaction so that you bring the best version of you to all your relationships and interactions?  What do you need to do to ensure that this reset is effective for you?

 

Contact info:

 

LinkedIn – Greg Baker   (Head Coach at British Para Table Tennis)

 (further contact details can be found on LinkedIn if needed)

Emma Brunning - Head Triathlon Coach, People Developer and Founder of Activblu

Emma Brunning - Head Triathlon Coach, People Developer and Founder of Activblu

October 12, 2020

“Everything I have ever been through helped me with my resilience - My accident taught me that I have just got to keep failing”

The shy girl taking risks, traveling and working around the world, working in loads of different contexts, really understanding and working with some brilliant people right through to overcoming a brain injury (and a horrific accident) and managing energy were all covered.

What an incredible and inspirational journey of highs and lows that is well worth a listen.

Emma shares some great strategies and tips that have helped her to be the positive, adventurous and fun loving person she is today!

Invest in yourself and take a listen as they may help you!

Here is how Emma would describe herself and what she does...

I am passionate about working with people in the outdoors, sports and arts. I have always worked in personal development, although the context has changed over the years from working for charities, lecturing at a University and working as a learning and development consultant. 

My passion to inspire and support people has taken me across the world, working in a board range of environments. This has taught me the importance of respecting different cultures, working in diverse environments and being open to different ways of working. 

I currently work as a contractor for International Triathlon Union as a facilitator, British Triathlon Federation, Premier League, Swim Smooth as well as managing my own business specialising in Coaching, mentoring and consulting. 

 

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Find out more about Dave at: www.thesummitpartnership.com
Follow Dave:
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davelevine3

 

Success Quote or saying:

  • I said yes to everything
  • How support individuals to take their right path
  • We often don’t appreciate what we have until it goes or we lose it. (or is taken from us!)
  • I now never take the small things for granted
  • Connected to those that loved me and connected to things that gave me energy
  • Facing into the things I needed to work on – breaking down to personal achievements
  • I looked beyond my future
  • Organisation enables me to be a free spirit
  • I always say YES to opportunities
  • Planning and free spirited are complimentary
  • Life is short and life is precious
  • Is the way we have always worked the right way – or it there potential for something different
  • Thoughts+ attitude and beliefs impact your behaviours
  • Language is really really important to connect with people
  • Learn from the past but don’t live there. Live in the present cos that all you have got – be present. Plan for the future but don’t live there either (courtesy of Grandad!)
  • Have rocks around you to support you

 

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are?

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind And Create A New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

The Magic of Metaphor: 77 stories for teachers, trainers & thinkers by Nick Owen

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

 

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

When not stressed – need to be out in nature

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Have confidence in yourself

I’m an ok. It is ok to be yourself.

Put my head up a bit more and be heard

Own who you are

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

My grandad  (it was his birthday today!!!) He was a Buddhist

Jane Senior (friend and mentor)

Chris Roberts

 

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Sue Oldham (Held the record for eldest woman to swim the channel for many years)

 

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

 

What aspects of your life do you take for granted and how could you be more appreciative of them?

2

 

What are your energy ‘IN’ activities and what are your energy ‘OUT’ activities?  What is the balance of these and what do you need to do to ensure an even more positive balance?

 

Contact info:

Website: www.activeblu.co.uk

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-brunning-7363971b6/

Twitter: Emma Brunning @ActiveBlu 

Instagram: Active.Blu 

Facebook: Active Blu 

Jen Lace – Head of Sports Psychology and Personal Development at Nottingham Forest Football Academy previously at Burnley FC.

Jen Lace – Head of Sports Psychology and Personal Development at Nottingham Forest Football Academy previously at Burnley FC.

October 5, 2020

Definitely not a frivolous conversation! Eating disorders, powerful conversations, developing emotional literacy, working under pressure, looking after your well-being are all covered in this free flowing and natural conversation.

 

Jen also touched on her role as a practitioner and powerfully showed how she has learnt from her past experiences and uses this to inform her life and practice today.

There is something for all listeners as Jen shares many principles and tips to be used in a wide variety of environments.

Making these connections is key and Jen does it brilliantly!

                                     

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Success Quote or saying:

  • Generate quality during tiny collisions
  • High performing people know what works for them (Roberto Martinez)
  • Weekly professional reflection log not to get ‘drunk’ on the highs and lows
  • Exercise your chimp and de load
  • Create a voice note to de-load
  • Got to be able to say it from the side-line
  • Can’t influence what I don’t know
  • If we work with the individual it will impact the multiple environments the exist within
  • The importance of getting different things from different relationships

 

Quick fire questions:

The books (or Podcasts) that you would recommend are?

Doing Sport Psychology by Mark B. Anderson

Psychology in Football: Working with Elite and Professional Players by Mark Nesti

The Learning Scientist Podcast

 

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Be strict with your time

Good quality sleep

De-load or an outlet

Have people round you that don’t know your work context

 

In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Don’t worry about things as much.

Trust the process and have an open mind

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

Jason Blake

Mark Nesti

Lewis Craig

Ian Jones from Burnley

 

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

·       Claire Davidson

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

How do you find talking about both positive and negative emotions and emotional events? What would you best friend or parent say?

2

How do you create or alleviate pressure situations for yourself and others?

 

Contact info:

LinkedIn

Jennifer Lace

Twitter

@Lace_jen

Ian Braid - MD and Founder DOCIA sport and former CEO British Athletes Commission

Ian Braid - MD and Founder DOCIA sport and former CEO British Athletes Commission

September 28, 2020

A genuine and vulnerable insight into the sporting journey of Ian Braid – dedicated to Nina Foord who sadly passed away recently.

Nina typified the amazing work that volunteers do in sport and also impacted on Ian’s journey from being a young boy volunteering at the local rugby club right the way through to championing the cause  and providing support for both athletes and those that help the athletes.

Ian shares some of the highs and lows of his career including some personal challenges but what is clear is the impact he has had on the sporting system and many individuals by bringing attention to some hugely important issues.

Below is a little more detail about Ian. I am confident that he will make you think and that there are some great take away messages from the podcast. Enjoy!

Ian has brought together his significant experience in sport and his passion for helping others under the umbrella of DOCIAsport the company he founded in 2017. He brings a refreshing and independent view to all aspects of duty of care in sport from the perspective of coaches, officials, athletes, administrators, and the sector itself. Ian is acknowledged as a trusted leader whose opinions are widely sought after in sport, higher education, government, and business.  He is recognised as a champion of mental health education. DOCIAsport has been shortlisted for a national award as Mental Health Consultancy 2020 and Ian himself is a fellow of the Mental Health Collective. Ian has given acclaimed keynote presentations, lectures, podcasts, and workshops throughout the UK.

His vision as CEO of the British Athletes Commission led to the sector strengthening the support offered to vulnerable adults in sport. He also played a key role in the DCMS review of duty of care in sport assisting Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. These became the platform for Ian to deliver sustainable positive change in sport, mental health provision and for the next generation of sport leaders applying his values, skills, and experience

 

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Success Quote or saying:

  • Everything is worth the price of a cup of coffee…
  • I have to believe that changes can be made…
  • I didn’t appreciate the other persons point of view until I stood in their shoes and walked around
  • Take and give care – David Lavalle

 

Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are?

Legacy by James Kerr

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Take and give care (Self and others)

 

Who has made a big impact on you?

Dame Tanni Grey Thompson

Ed Simpson – good friend and Lawyer

Fred the Dog

 

Family and Mrs Braid

Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Michael Jamieson, Olympian

This is the Tedx talk referred to in the podcast

https://youtu.be/oU6M7ZDVDN8

 

 

Coaching questions I would like to pose:

1

Where and how do you give time to others and what is the nourishment you get back in return for doing this?

2

How do you give care to yourself and what is your gage to know what is working for you and what is not?

 

Contact info:

Website

www.dociasport.co.uk

Email

ian@dociasport.co.uk

LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-braid-fmhc-484238

Twitter

@DOCIA_sport

 

 

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