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Tom and Craig are available for hire as guest speakers on a variety of sports-related topics
Simply – The best
July 28th, 2017

I recently spent some time in the UK and Portugal where I met interesting people from both the sporting and corporate world. There were many lessons but what stood out was that sometimes the simplest concepts make the biggest impact.

We live in times of rapid change. Complexity and volatility conspire for an unpredictable landscape for businesses, teams and leaders. So strategies need to be short-term and culture needs to act as a driver of success as we prepare for the unknown.

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Proteas capture!
June 12th, 2017

It’s 2015 and South Africa’s cricket team are playing in the world cup semi final against New Zealand. Dale Steyn, who is about to bowl the final over to win his team the game, turns to his non-playing mates and coaches on the side of the field and says confidently, “I got this”. New Zealand’s Grant Elliot, slapped his length ball away for six to win the game and knock out South Africa.

Fast forward to 2017, AB de Villiers in a press conference tersely responds to a question about spinners in the Pakistani team by pointing out that in fact half of their spin bowlers are only, “part-time” and that they will be fine. South Africa were bowled out cheaply and lost the game.

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It takes “two” to perform
May 2nd, 2017

Dan Vickerman, the Australian rugby player and former Cape Town boy recently chose to take his life – a tragedy of epic proportions. I cannot begin to understand what was going through his mind and the depths of depression he may have been feeling. It really is sad. What this did raise for me is the importance of realizing that in the world of elite sport (read: in the limelight often) sportsmen and women have to be encouraged to realize that who they are and what they do are different things. In short, you have the player and you have the performer, and those two identities need to be boundaried at all costs!

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