Performance | Oct 6, 2021
Our Sport Performance Summit is in 34 days; Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses the role mindfulness plays; be a transparent leader, but ensure it’s not just a phase.

Hello. Silav. Talofa! How’s your week going? Very well, hopefully. Wherever you may be in the world, and whether you’re pre, mid or post-season, we hope all is well for you and your team.

By Matthew Stone

I’m sat here writing this from Twickenham Stadium as we embark on Leaders Week, our annual flagship event here in London for the sports business community. In 34 days’ time, on 9-10 November, we’ll be back here with, I hope, as many of you as possible for The Sport Performance Summit. We’re excited, and I hope you are too. It’s been too long! Information on the agenda, timings and registration here.

For now, here’s another compilation of news, insights and stories from across high performance. Grab your brew, take a pew and enjoy the view!

6 questions, answered 

1. Matt – any more webinars on the horizon?  

There absolutely are. We have our next one on 21 October on the topic of ‘Optimizing World Class Talent’ in partnership with Keiser. Details on speakers, times and sign up here.

2. How as a leader can you inspire my team?

Share more of yourself.

And remember, no leader is perfect. You’ll have flaws, but don’t let that derail your strategy.

3. How can we help the younger generation?

Increase the number of diverse leaders in your organization.

4. Want to hire great people and keep them from quitting?

Here are 4 strategies that work.

5. Who’s more burned out – women or men?

Women. Here’s why, and here’s what happens next

It’s a numbers game

5 motivational stories from…

… Grand Slam champion Caroline Wozniacki

4 ways to spark creativity…

… when you’re feeling stressed

5 techniques to…

build rapport with your colleagues

7 books that will help you…

… make any tough decision

COVID Corner – we’re getting there, slowly but surely…

What makes a champion?

Early multidisciplinary practice, not early specialisation. Well, there’s research for both sides. But Emma Raducanu definitely seemed to benefit from a varied sporting upbringing.

Culture Club

One of the most used words in leadership is culture, and that’s because if you don’t get it right, everything else will suffer. But what do most leaders get wrong about it culture?

Above par leadership

A big (yet reluctant) congratulations to the US team on regaining the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin. Fully deserved! We’ll see you in Rome real soon to go again… Steve Stricker and his team showed great leadership, so here are a few lessons from that weekend in Whistling Straits.

Unlearn a thing or two

Our partners at Elite Performance Partners have made some exciting changes, and it’s come from taking a step back, assessing strengths and weaknesses, then consequently challenging their own thinking. Sometimes you need to learn, and sometimes you even need the ability unlearn.

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion – let’s do something about it

Mental health and wellbeing – let’s talk about it


Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann chatted to Andy Reid, Super Bowl-winning Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.


Mark Cavendish discusses navigating slippery descents and climbing personal mountains with Jake Humphrey and Damian Hughes for the latest series of the brilliant High Performance Podcast.


Our partners at Science in Sport hosted a virtual roundtable recently, here are the takeaways – ‘Influencing Athlete Performance: Past, Present & Future’.

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