Leaders Performance Podcast

Leaders Performance Podcast

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Leaders Performance Podcast hosted by The Leaders Performance Institute


At Home With Leaders - John Thorrington
Aug 5 • 39 min
“While I don’t want to be a miser and not enjoy the success we’ve had, but success can also be a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” says John Thorrington. Los Angeles FC’s Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager is speaking to At Home…
At Home With Leaders - Ben Cherington
Jul 29 • 38 min
Ben Cherington, the GM of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is keen to stress the sense of urgency felt by all Major League Baseball teams ahead of the truncated 2020 season. The reasons are manifold: instead of 162 regular season games there will be just 60, which…
At Home With Leaders - Damien Comolli
Jul 22 • 39 min
Damien Comolli has just been appointed as President of French Ligue 2 side Toulouse. The Frenchman quickly acknowledged the challenges presented both by the pandemic and the club’s recent relegation from Ligue 1, but his focus is more on the opportunities…
At Home With Leaders - Sir Andrew Strauss
Jul 2 • 38 min
“Winning is not a good thing to think of as a goal,” says former England cricket captain Sir Andrew Strauss. “Look,” he clarifies, “you have to win - in high performance sport you can’t go too long without winning and remain in position. Winning has to be…
At Home With Leaders - Chris Powell
Jun 24 • 38 min
In September last year, Chris Powell joined Gareth Southgate’s coaching staff at the England men’s national football team. Powell’s appointment was part of the Football Association’s Elite Coach Placement Programme, which sought to place black, Asian and…
At Home With Leaders - Simon Timson
Jun 17 • 47 min
“‘Right, here’s our opportunity: ten years’ innovation in ten weeks’.” That was the challenge Scott Lloyd, the Chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association [LTA], set to Simon Timson, the LTA’s Performance Director, at the start of the coronavirus…
At Home With Leaders - Rick Spielman
Jun 12 • 39 min
Rick Spielman recalls watching the television reports that followed the killing of George Floyd. “I remember sitting there with my wife watching the news as it happens and we both have tears coming down our eyes,” says the Minnesota Vikings General…
At Home With Leaders - Emma Hayes
Jun 10 • 40 min
“I always felt in my own heart that I was going to be a big driver of women’s football - I’d made that decision,” says Chelsea Head Coach Emma Hayes. “When you’re a driver of anything, I focus on what I can do, not what I can’t do; I’ll focus on what I…
At Home With Leaders - Dean Smith
May 21
Dean Smith joined the At Home With Leaders Podcast during what was due to have been the final week of the English Premier League season. Instead, Smith and Aston Villa, where he serves as manager, have not played since 9 March amidst the ongoing spread of…
At Home With Leaders - Kyle Dubas
May 19
“Though I have been in this role for nearly two years,” says Kyle Dubas, “I still think having this time in the last six weeks has allowed me to reflect on the fact that we have a long way to go to get where I think we can in terms of our environment each…
At Home With Leaders - Stuart Lancaster
May 15
“We’re all in this enforced plateau period but I think it can be a really good thing,” says Stuart Lancaster. The Leinster Senior Coach is talking online amidst the “towels and rubbish” of his son’s student house in Leeds - a move forced by the meagre…
At Home With Leaders - Thomas Dimitroff
May 13
Thomas Dimitroff readily admits that he found this year’s NFL Draft to be a challenging experience. With remote working currently a necessity due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Atlanta Falcons’ General Manager, found his focus being drawn elsewhere.…
Ep 56: Biomechanics Special With Cat Shin
May 11
“Everyone is using biomechanics every day,” says Cat Shin, the Biomechanics Project Lead at the English Institute of Sport [EIS]. “If you’re looking at, say, technique or injury prevention, you’re looking at biomechanics, whether you call it that or not.”…
At Home With Leaders - Sir Dave Brailsford
May 7
Sir Dave Brailsford and Team INEOS may be handling sports coronavirus-enforced shutdown better than most sports organisations. “As a team, we don’t have a facility base,” the INEOS Team Principal begins in explanation. “We go to a race, we work together,…
At Home With Leaders - Sean Marks
May 3
“All the people here, over the past four years, like me, have left a really good job,” says Sean Marks. “They had to sacrifice something to come here, whether it …
At Home With Leaders - Sean Dyche
Apr 30
“You get on that hamster wheel and you never quite get off and look around,” says Sean Dyche of the typical lifestyle of a Premier League manager. These are, however, far from normal times in pandemic Britain and Dyche, the third-longest-serving manager…
At Home With Leaders - Sam Walker
Apr 28 • 36 min
“It’s hard for great leaders to get the credit they deserve because, by definition, if they do their job well then nothing happens.” Journalist and author, Sam Walker, is musing on the notion of leadership at this time of global crisis. “There’s a…
The Keiser Series Podcast: Episode 3 - Ryan Van Asten
Apr 27
Welcome to the latest episode in our occasional series of podcasts from the Leaders Performance Institute and our partners Keiser. In this latest episode, Leaders Performance Institute Editor John Portch caught up with Ryan Van Asten. Van Asten is the…
At Home With Leaders - Eddie Jones
Apr 21 • 28 min
Eddie Jones, the Head Coach of the England men’s rugby union team, is a firm admirer of Liverpool FC’s Jürgen Klopp. “I watch Klopp coach and he definitely adds something to his team,” says Jones, who regularly cites other leaders whom he finds…
Ep 55: Mia Stellberg
Apr 19 • 33 min
Performance psychologist Mia Stellberg works with some of the finest teams in esports, having made the transition from Olympic sport back in 2016. She explains that the parallels between both performance domains in terms of the psychological demands are…
At Home With Leaders - Mark Shapiro
Apr 15 • 37 min
Major League Baseball remains shutdown but Mark Shapiro spies opportunities for growth and self-improvement right across the Toronto Blue Jays. “We’re going to have to increase our level of open-mindedness and the way we connect with fans,” says the Blue…
Ep 54: Jess Thirlby
Apr 7 • 57 min
“Even before my playing career concluded, I’d already started my coaching journey,” says England Netball Roses Head Coach Jess Thirlby. She continues: “a) I wanted to share my knowledge and b) I really wanted to explore the game; I was fascinated with how…
The Kinduct Athlete Management Series Podcast - Episode 5: Tommy Powers
Mar 19
For the best part of a year we have endeavoured to bring you human performance experts across the world discussing best practice, the role of performance data, and what the future of athlete and intelligence management systems might look like. In this…
Ep 53: Andy Friend
Mar 12
The Leaders Performance Podcast returns with Andy Friend, the Head Coach of Connacht Rugby. The Canberra native has been coaching for more than two decades across three continents, building the sort of resume that enticed Connacht to charge Friend with…
The Kinduct Athlete Management Series Podcast - Episode 4: Dave Anderson & Steve Gera
Dec 18, 2019
Welcome to the fourth in a new series of podcasts from the Leaders Performance Institute and our partners Kinduct. Over the course of this series you’ll hear from human performance experts across the world discussing best practice, the role of performance…
Ep 52: Javair Gillett
Dec 13, 2019
The Leaders Performance Podcast brought to you in association with our supporters at “First of all, whether it be with the Tigers or the Rockets, it’s always been a food-first approach.” The Leaders Performance Podcast has asked Javair Gillett, who serves…
Ep 51: Sir Dave Brailsford on the Ineos 1:59 Challenge
Dec 4, 2019
Eliud Kipchoge ran into the record books in shattering the two-hour barrier for the marathon on 12 October. Beyond the Kenyan’s brilliance, the mastermind of the operation was Sir Dave Brailsford, the Principal of Team Ineos cycling, who served as CEO on…
Ep: 50 Simon Wheatley
Nov 28, 2019
“We’ve used tennis as the platform but really this is a book for sports parents, sports coaches. It’s for athletes who really want to understand how they can create a much more successful life as well as be a successful athlete.” Simon Wheatley recently…
Behind the scenes at Leaders - London, 2019
Nov 18, 2019 • 61 min
Burnley manager Sean Dyche | Chelsea manager Emma Hayes | Google’s creativity guru Kirk Vallis | Internationally renowned storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy. The latest edition of the Leaders Sport Performance Podcast comes from behind the scenes at…
Ep 48: MLB’s Anti-Doping Program
Nov 11, 2019 • 31 min
The Leaders Performance Podcast brought to you in association with our supporters at NSF Certified for Sport® “By some we’re viewed as a world leader and by many we’re viewed as a model program – something to base their own programs on.” Jon Coyles, the…
The Kinduct Athlete Management Series Podcast - Episode 3: Josh Walker
Aug 27, 2019 • 21 min
Welcome to the third in a new series of podcasts from the Leaders Performance Institute and our partners Kinduct. Over the course of this series you’ll hear from human performance experts across the world discussing best practice, the role of performance…
Ep 47: Jonathan Harding
Jul 24, 2019 • 32 min
We start the latest edition of the Leaders Performance podcast by asking author Jonathan Harding about the meaning behind the title of his latest book, Mensch: Beyond the Cones. “It’s the German word for a ‘person’ or ‘human’; it’s also a word in German…
Ep 46: Behind the Scenes at LSPS Atlanta
Jul 10, 2019 • 63 min
Welcome to an exclusive behind the scenes episode recorded at the 2019 Leaders Sport Performance Summit at Atlanta’s state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The two-day event between 25 and 26 June attracted Leaders Performance Institute members from far…
The Kinduct Athlete Management Series Podcast - Episode 2: Brandon McDaniel
Jun 5, 2019 • 24 min
Welcome to the second in a new series of podcasts from the Leaders Performance Institute and our partners Kinduct. Over the course of this series you’ll hear from human performance experts across the world discussing best practice, the role of performance…
Ep 44: Behind the Scenes at Leaders Meet: Wellbeing
May 29, 2019 • 43 min
The sense across a day of insight at the City Football Academy in Manchester was of a topic – wellbeing in elite sport – finally reaching a tipping point into the main discourse. Themes covered ranged from developing performance environments and the…
Ep 43: Brad Stulberg
May 15, 2019 • 31 min
Passion is an important consideration for athletes and coaches alike but how do you harness that passion while also avoiding burnout? That is one of the major questions addressed by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness in their latest book The Passion Paradox…
The Kinduct Athlete Management Series Podcast - Episode 1: Kevin Forbes
May 1, 2019 • 30 min
Welcome to the first in a new series of podcasts from the Leaders Performance Institute and our partners Kinduct. Over the next few months you’ll hear from human performance experts across the world discussing best practice, the role of performance data,…
The Keiser Series Podcast: Episode 2 - Aaron Wellman
Apr 17, 2019 • 26 min
Welcome to the second episode in our new series of podcasts from the Leaders Performance Institute and our partners Keiser. In this second episode, Leaders Performance Institute Editor John Portch caught up with Aaron Wellman. Aaron is the Strength &…
The Keiser Series Podcast: Episode 1 - Jimmy Pritchard
Mar 27, 2019 • 25 min
Welcome to the first in a new series of podcasts from the Leaders Performance Institute and our partners Keiser. Over the next few months you’ll hear from human performance experts from around the world, discussing best practice, the role of technology…
Ep 42: An Encore from the 2019 Leaders Sport Performance Summit in Las Vegas
Mar 13, 2019 • 35 min
What was your key takeaway from the Leaders Performance Institute’s first visit to the desert? With best practice insights from fields as diverse as World Series Poker, haute cuisine and the US Air Force. It is safe to say there was something on the menu…
Ep 41: Leaders Performance Podcast: Mark Warburton
Feb 27, 2019 • 48 min
Mark Warburton, the former Manager of Nottingham Forest, Glasgow Rangers and Brentford, is recounting the tale of a recent job interview for the benefit of the Leaders Performance Institute. “I went for this interview and they asked me what my first 30…
Ep 40: Duncan French, UFC
Feb 14, 2019
“The way the fight is being won is changing - strike rates are up, knockouts are down and results by decision have gone up.” So says Duncan French of the UFC and the world of mixed martial arts. The Vice President of Performance at the UFC explains that…
Ep 39: Mubarak Malik
Jan 30, 2019 • 54 min
Mubarak Malik believes the New York Knicks are just a few steps from achieving something special in the NBA. The Leaders Performance Podcast spoke to the Knicks’ Director of Performance ahead of the NBA Global Game in London where the Knicks faced the…
Ep 38: Prof. Aaron Williamon
Jan 16, 2019 • 55 min
What role does science have in creating great art? This is the question that the Centre for Performance [CPS] Science at the Royal College of Music [RCM] continually attempts to answer and it was with this in mind that we sat down with Aaron Williamon,…
Ep 37: Behind the Curtain at the Leaders Sport Performance Summit
Nov 15, 2018 • 61 min
That’s a wrap for the latest Leaders Sport Performance Summit at London’s Kia Oval. The great and the good of world sport and performance gathered in south London to share best practice insights behind leadership and culture, data & analytics as well as…
Ep 36: Mike Brey & Matt Painter
Nov 1, 2018 • 50 min
Mike Brey, the Head Coach of the Notre Dame men’s basketball team, remembers the time a player came into his office and closed the door. Most of the time, he says, a player who shuts the door is about to divulge some misdemeanour from the night before.…
Ep 35: Eric Ernst
Oct 17, 2018 • 46 min
“I’d drawn out a plan of how I was going to be doing things but in reality it’s been very different - I’ve adapted.” Eric Ernst joined Formula E as its Head of Technology in March and soon had to throw his plans out of the window. He says: “Things I…
Ep 34: Paul McGinley’s Ryder Cup success.
Sep 26, 2018 • 35 min
“So many times I crossed the finish line before I knew I’d won.” Paul McGinley is reflecting on his illustrious career on golf’s European Tour which reached its zenith when he led Team Europe to victory in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. That feat alone…
Ep 33: Howie Roseman & Michael Reschke
Sep 5, 2018 • 40 min
The Philadelphia Eagles’ EVP of Football Operations Howie Roseman beamed with pride in February as he watched his team lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of Super Bowl LII. It marked the culmination of 18 years working in the Eagles front office…
Ep 32: Gareth Townsend
Aug 8, 2018
“The hardest thing as a coach is to watch and say nothing,” says Gareth Townsend. Surrey County Cricket Club’s Academy Director oversees one of the finest youth development pathways in English sport and has got used to his alumni filling the ranks of the…
Ep 31: Neil Black
Jul 25, 2018 • 41 min
“I was like a headless chicken at first,” says Neil Black. The Performance Director of British Athletics is reflecting on his first days in a role he took in 2012 shortly after Team GB enjoyed a hugely successful Olympic and Paralympic Games on home soil…
Ep 30: Shaun Huls & Phil Coles
Jul 4, 2018 • 52 min
“It is important to learn the ‘end state’ for the coach,” says Shaun Huls. “It is not about my numbers.” The Director of High Performance at the Philadelphia Eagles, winners of Super Bowl LII, was speaking onstage at the 2016 Leaders Sport Performance…
Ep 29: Scott Hann & Jo Cole
Jun 20, 2018 • 47 min
If you worry about your efforts to deliver actionable feedback in a manner that resonates with your athletes then you are not alone. Scott Hann ran us through his work coaching double Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock at the 2016 Leaders…
Bonus Podcast: Alex Hill
Jun 14, 2018 • 25 min
“You can see the eyes light up when people see similar challenges elsewhere,” says Alex Hill, Co-Founder & Director, Centre for High Performance. Hill was speaking at the conclusion of the Leaders Meet: Human Performance summit at Williams F1 HQ last week…
Ep 27: Rob Vickerman
Jun 6, 2018
“When an athlete transfers into the world beyond sport, they’re stepping out of the bubble; you have your life mapped out for you… athletes are transferring to a world where that doesn’t happen.” And with that observation Rob Vickerman, the ex-captain of…
Archive: Mitigating Risk
May 23, 2018 • 49 min
What are some of the external influences that can affect your decision-making? This was the question at the heart of this exploration of risk mitigation, suitable preparation, and approaches to failure, which went down a treat at the 2016 Leaders Sport…
Archive: Decision-Making Under Pressure
May 9, 2018 • 47 min
The finest Leaders panels bring together the great and the good from sport and beyond and this session from the 2015 Leaders Performance Summit in London was a classic of the genre. Moderated by Professor Vincent Walsh, England and Saracens full-back Alex…
Ep 24: Matt Hale & Edd Vahid
Apr 25, 2018 • 38 min
What goes on behind the scenes at one of English football’s best youth academies? Despite the struggles of the first team this Premier League season, Southampton FC are widely admired for their investment in youth development and not only is their first…
Archive: How To Create a UFC World Champion
Apr 11, 2018 • 49 min
Chris Weidman and Ray Longo were warmly received by the auditorium when they turned up at the 2015 Leaders Sport Performance Summit in New York. At the time, Weidman was the unbeaten reigning UFC middleweight world champion – his coach Longo’s second UFC…
Ep 22: the mindset of a Chess Grand Master, safe spaces for learning, and the importance of soft skills
Mar 28, 2018 • 49 min
The Leaders Performance Podcast touched down this week with a cargo hold full of insight from the recent Leaders Sports Performance Summit in LA on 16th and 17th March. Want to understand the mindset of a chess Grand Master? Ever considered the notion of…
Archive: Reflections on leadership in elite sport
Mar 14, 2018
“You need to be yourself – with skill.” Andy Flower borrowed that phrase from the lexicon of leadership consultants Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones but here, onstage at the 2014 Leaders Sport Performance in London, he delved far deeper into his own…
Ep 20: Caroline Guthrie, Rugby Players’ Association
Feb 28, 2018
It’s good to talk. That is the premise behind the Rugby Players’ Association’s (RPA) Lift The Weight campaign. Launched in February 2017 to help fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues, Lift The Weight promotes the idea that it is OK to not be…
Ceri Evans & David Priestley, Arsenal FC
Feb 14, 2018
“High performers are in extraordinary situations but often they are ordinary people and that transition does certain things,” says forensic psychiatrist Ceri Evans. At the 2014 Leaders Sport Performance Summit in London, Evans, a former soccer player who…
Gareth Batty & Arun Harinath, Surrey CCC
Feb 1, 2018
The Surrey County Cricket Club duo were the latest guests on the Leaders Performance Podcast. Gareth Batty is a veteran spin bowler with over 500 county appearances to his name who has also represented England on a number of occasions. Arun Harinath is a…
Archive: Richard Hytner, former Deputy Chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi
Jan 25, 2018
Why second-in-command is sometimes best. The mere mention of consiglieri conjures up images of The Godfather but beyond Hollywood the roles of the assistants – the No2s – are essential to any leader and organisation. This formed the central tenet of…
Boston Celtics, Austin Ainge
Jan 15, 2018
What does a Director of Player Personnel actually do in the NBA? Austin Ainge, who can point to that job title in his role at the Boston Celtics, is unsure. It differs from team to team but what Ainge knows for sure is that he is tasked with assembling…
Amit Katwala
Dec 20, 2017
What separates the best from the rest in sport? Neuroscience tells us that it is elite athletes’ anticipation and decision-making skills. Strength & conditioning, medicine, and nutrition may be staples of performance set-ups these days but the penny is…
Team Sky’s thin line, imposter syndrome, and psychopaths
Nov 23, 2017
Where and how does Sir Dave Brailsford define the thin line between good and great? How do you overcome imposter syndrome? Why should you learn to cherish nerves? What have psychopaths got to do with elite sporting performance? All these questions and…
Inside the Royal Ballet
Oct 24, 2017
Join us as we take a step inside the Royal Ballet. So what can sport learn from these ‘artistic athletes’ and the way they train to perform? To get to the bottom of it we return to this session from the Leaders Performance Summit in London in 2014. Kevin…
Dr Benjamin Kelly & Dr Clive Reeves
Sep 21, 2017
What can sport learn from behavioural finance? The field challenges the traditional assumption that individuals are rational and always make the optimum decision when confronted with choices. In fact, behavioural economics tells us that people are…
How to Go from Good to Great
Sep 13, 2017 • 56 min
How do you take talent from good to great to world-class? It’s a question we posed across a broad cross section of elite coaches, teachers and instructors in this fascinating session from the 2015 Leaders Performance Summit in New York. On stage that…
Les Snead & Tom Telesco
Sep 5, 2017 • 47 min
What are the priorities for a first-time General Manager in the NFL? That was the question on everyone’s lips when Les Snead, GM of the LA Rams, took to the stage alongside Tom Telesco, his counterpart at the San Diego Chargers at the Leaders Performance…
Raymond Blanc & Diego Masciaga
Jul 31, 2017 • 46 min
Today we’re cranking open the Leaders vault to bring you this colourful session from the Leaders Sport Performance Summit in London in 2014. Sitting in the hot seats that day were world-renowned chef Raymond Blanc and his friend, the influential…
The New York Giants’ Winning Culture
Jun 21, 2017 • 44 min
For the latest edition of the Leaders Performance podcast we delve into the archives to bring you this session from the 2013 Leaders Performance Summit in New York. We welcomed New York Giants Owner and President John Mara and General Manager Jerry Reese…
Behind the Scenes at the Leaders Sport Performance Summit, LA
Apr 7, 2017 • 48 min
The Leaders Performance Podcast lands with a payload of insight from the recent Leaders Sports Performance Summit in LA on 11th March. Elite performance practitioners share their tips, reveal their blueprints, and detail the ingredients that have served…
Winners: And How They Succeed
Feb 24, 2017 • 47 min
Alastair Campbell is a journalist, author, strategist, communications expert and sports fan. One of if not THE architect of New Labour, Campbell is best known for his work as director of communications and strategy and Downing Street Press Secretary for…
Behind the scenes at the Leaders Sport Performance Summit, London
Dec 9, 2016 • 51 min
The Leaders Performance Podcast lands with a goldmine of insight from the recent Leaders Sport Performance Summit in London on 8th and 9th November. Elite performance practitioners share their tips, reveal their blueprints, and detail the ingredients that…
How Hollywood can drive human performance
Sep 16, 2016 • 28 min
Our brains use stories to understand our lives and overcome problems, and to get past these problems, we have to change the story. For an athlete who has experienced a setback, there is an opportunity to take hold and tell a new story of resilience and…
The data revolution in tennis
Aug 23, 2016 • 38 min
SAP has been the official cloud and analytics partner of the Women’s Tennis Association since August 2013. Over that time, it the technology giant has developed the most sophisticated performance data platform in world tennis. The WTA has worked with its…
Defining a Learning Culture: How NASA Shares Knowledge to Learn Faster
Aug 2, 2016 • 39 min
Ed Hoffman is Chief Knowledge Officer at NASA. He explained exactly what that means in a session at the Leaders Sport Performance Summit in New York in June. Over 30 years at NASA, Hoffman has known many a smart person make many a dumb mistake. An…
Behind the scenes at the Leaders Sports Performance Summit, New York
Jun 15, 2016 • 57 min
The Leaders Performance Podcast lands with a goldmine of insight from the recent Leaders Sports Performance Summit in New York. Elite performance practitioners share their tips, reveal their blueprints, and detail the ingredients that have served them…