Performance | Mar 18, 2020
A new Leaders Special Report, and coach development is the theme; there’s an ‘I’ in diversity, but there isn’t in team; some leadership lessons from COVID-19

Hello one and all. Testing times for you all I’m sure, so first and foremost everyone at Leaders wishes you and your teams well. Take care of yourself and everyone around you. We’re all in this together.

We’re attempting to carry on with normality here, and that begins with bringing you another bi-weekly collection of what’s happening in the world of high performance. Here’s another mix of lessons, stories, insight and inspiration. Enjoy!

5 questions, answered

1.    Is anybody doing coach development right?
Some are. Many aren’t. Coaching is more complex than ever, and that’s why we’ve gathered knowledge from leaders at the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ulster Rugby, Geelong Cats, US Special Operations Command and more to explore what the modern coach needs to know. Download here.

As you may know, we have our Leaders Meet: Coach Development event next Tuesday, 24th March. We’re approaching this as an opportunity, not a problem. More news to follow in the next 48hrs, so check your inbox and social media for updates.

2.    What’s the key to successful recruitment in sport?
Longer-term planning, which consequently means longer-term success. Recruitment in sport is changing, and Anna Edwards from our partners EPP explains why.

3.    Who’s problem is burnout?
Everyone’s. Adam Grant tells us why on his latest WorkLife podcast.

4.    Who are the most innovative sports companies of 2020?
Here’s the Top 10, according to Fast Company.

5.    What is the key to success at work?
Finding your passion.

The Digest, Digested

It’s a numbers game

5 communication habits…
…really good leaders do daily

50 influential…
business thinkers in 2019-20

3 signs of a poor hiring process…
…and four ways to fix it

6 tips on leading for good…
…when times are bad

I’m sure you were hoping this would be an escape from the dreaded ‘c’ word. It is, and this is the last you’ll hear of it. However, with challenge comes opportunity – here are some useful leadership pieces that can help around the topics of crisis and adversity:

There’s no ‘I’ in team
But there is in science. And in diversity. There is logic behind what makes a successful team – but it’s not a one size fits all approach. There are many approaches, and many roles. The London Business School explains.

Breaking the cycle
When you hear ‘Moneyball’, naturally you think of baseball. However, other sports have adopted the data driven decision making in years gone by – some successfully, and some unsuccessfully. In the world of cycling, it’s Team NTT’s turn to put their faith in numbers and data.

Certain football clubs are adopting the data led approach sooner than others, and the Spanish side Sevilla FC is one of them.

Storytelling can help bring your data to life, too.

Innovating to adapt
In times of uncertainty opportunities and positivity can arise. A challenge is obviously seen as an obstacle initially, but it should also be seen as a time to be creative – here are some inspirational examples of how to turn a negative into an amazing positive.

Mental Health – let’s talk about it.

Diversity and Equality – let’s do something about it.

Job’s a good’un
There seems to be an opportunity for another new section here, posting about people in new roles as well as exciting positions that need to be filled. Here’s a couple to start:


COVID-19 put a stop to us hosting our Leaders Meet: Diversity in person, so we hosted it virtually instead. You can see, hear and read what was discussed on this very important topic, here.


Heard of ‘The American Dream’? This is Jill Ellis’ version. And it was my absolute pleasure and privilege to interview her.


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