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Performance | Oct 20, 2021
The Founder of Two Circles and Non-Executive Director at the English Institute of Sport shares some of his favourite performance-related titles.

Matt Rogan is the author of the recently-published All to Play For: How Sport Can Reboot our Future (Ebury Press) which looks at the future of sport and exercise at the heart of society.

He is also a Non-Executive Director of the English Institute of Sport which provides sports science, technology and medical support to Team GB Olympic and Paralympic teams.  He co-founded Two Circles, the data driven sports agency, in 2011 leading the business as Chief Executive and thereafter Executive Chairman until 2020.

Here, Rogan suggests five performance titles that have influenced his work in sport.

Mad Dogs and English Women – Pete Davies

Davies, better known for his study of England’s run to the 1990 World Cup Semi Finals All Played Out, follows the England women’s cricket team in to the 1997 Cricket World Cup in India. A stark reminder of the challenges that women’s sport has had to overcome in the last twenty-five years as it finally receives the support it deserves.

Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons in Creative Leadership from the CEO of the Walt Disney Company – Robert Iger

Iger turned around the fortunes of the Walt Disney Company with a values-driven, performance-focused approach. An inside track to leading through change at a turbulent time for the media industry. Lots of useful learning as we navigate our own challenges on and off the pitch within the sports industry.

Toon In! Michael Payne

A very different entry! This is a coffee table blast through the history of the Olympic movement, with the inside track on what really happened in the corridors of power. I’m still surprised half of it was allowed to be published!

Chasing Points: A Season on the Pro Tennis Circuit – Gregory Howe

Howe decided relatively late in life to take on life as a professional tennis player. His on tour diary is brutally honest and a real eye opener to the challenges of performing just below the very top of a global sport.

Harvard Business Review’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership Lessons from Sports

The very best of Harvard Business Review’s output on sports including conversations with Sir Alex Ferguson, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar and Andre Agassi. I wrote an article on talent development in tennis within this which also snuck into the Top 10 behind these headline acts!


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Rogan’s Reading List originally appeared in our latest Performance journal, which also featured England’s mens Head Coach Gareth Southgate contemplating the theme of resilience, the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball, as well as the world-renowned New Zealand Rugby, and British Wheelchair Basketball, who runs some of the finest programmes in the sport. Edd Vahid of Premier League club Southampton FC also penned a column focusing on talent pathways.

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