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In this week’s podcast we welcome Dr. Fergus Connolly, one of the world’s foremost human performance thought leaders and influencers. Dr. Connolly has applied performance science with leading sports, military, and business teams. He is the only coach to have full times roles in every major sport, including soccer (Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers), professional and college football (San Francisco 49s and University of Michigan) and rugby (Welsh national team).
We talk about the three types of coaches he has seen in the world and how the one thing we can control is our response, and how powerful it is when we respond appropriately.
Other Highlights from the Discussion:
  • The importance of self-formal education
  • “Running down rabbit holes and forgetting to grab the rabbit.”
  • Ben Johnson story about analyzing running and the importance of being selective about what you change in an athlete
  • Can we build models within sport that can help predict team success?
  • 3 Types of coaches Fergus has worked with
  • “Take the right guy, not the best guy.”
  • How to build a solid culture in any organization
  • Leading a team of people, not an organization
  • Choosing the right coach to lead a team
  • Doing more, or doing it better?
  • What is the one thing that holds back coaches?
In his book Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science, Dr. Connolly shows how to improve performance with evidence-based analysis and athlete-focused training. Through his unprecedented experiences with teams in professional football, basketball, rugby, soccer, Aussie Rules, and Gaelic football, as well as with elite military units, Connolly has discovered how to break down the common elements in all sports to their basic components so that each moment of any game can be better analyzed, whether you’re a player or a coach.
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