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trophyLeadership Lessons from Sport
Tom and Craig are available for hire as guest speakers on a variety of sports-related topics
Are you sure you want to be desperate?
November 16th, 2016
Fight with all your will to win. Win at all costs.  Leave no stone unturned in your conquest of winning.

These are the sort of statements that we’ve all heard in seminars, team talks or CEO downloads. No doubt they’ve been received well and left us inspired and determined to fight for the cause. As someone unashamedly, even overly at times, competitive I have to admit to having made similar utterances. The question is however, does the desperation we have to win become a burden? Does it sometimes get in the way of the desired outcome?

The ego has landed
October 24th, 2016

Oh how we love a big ego. We find humour in them, revere them, even vote for them. Think Jose Mourinho, Kanye West…. Donald Trump! The male ego can be a thing of beauty and an action catalyzer – but it can also spell disaster.

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The leading conversation
October 18th, 2016

Last week, a long-time dream came to fruition. For ages I have wanted to build a community of thinkers in the sporting world who can share ideas and contribute positively to the narrative around sporting leadership and performance. THE LEADING CONVERSATION emerged from this idea – a gathering of 10 individuals, each with their own unique outlook, to formulate a set of views on the topic of leadership.

Fill a room with Gary Kirsten, Paddy Upton and Vince Van Der Bijl from cricket, John Dobson, Hanyani Shimange and Kyle Brown from rugby then add in Grant Hilary, a former Olympian and MD of an advertising agency and Mich D’Avary from soccer, and you have value.

The question was: “What is the ultimate sporting environment and what style of leadership enables that?” 

The conversation needed very little direction as the interplay between the participants allowed for some real depth and critical thought and it was clear that without an endpoint we may have been able to chat all night. The opportunity for people of this stature to share ideas and pick each other’s brains in the absence of defined boundaries or the glare of the public eye made for a superb event.

I will be writing a number of short articles over the coming weeks summarizing some of the key thoughts. So stay connected in order to hear thoughts on; managing ego in the sporting world, how losing has produced the most meaningful memories, why junior players are your competitive advantage, and why understanding your worst characteristics is probably key to be a success.

We are all looking forward to the next one in a few months’ time where we will continue to grow our collective insights. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.