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Once again, Leaders Performance Institute members from far and wide logged on, this time to listen to best practice insights from the Atlanta Falcons, Anaheim Ducks, Deloitte and our event partners the UFC.
When the pandemic put paid to the 2020 Leaders Sport Performance Summit in Las Vegas, which was due to take place this week at the UFC Performance Institute, the Leaders Performance Institute worked with our event partners, EPIC Risk Management and the aforementioned UFC, as well as main sponsors Keiser, to create a virtual event that delivered the levels of shared knowledge and insight to which you have grown accustomed.
“We are here to create a world that enables the high performance community to out-perform,” host Michael Caulfield reiterated at the start of the day. “We want to provide any and every opportunity to learn, grow and develop.”
Whether you were able to attend or not, we hope these takeaways will help you to begin to achieve that aim; and we sincerely hope to see you all in the near future.
Read the key insights from Day 1 here.
Coaching Class: Exploring the Modern High Performance Coaching Landscape
Speakers: Dan Quinn, Head Coach, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Eakins, Head Coach, Anaheim Ducks
We kicked off the first morning session with a comparison between the coaching environments in the NFL and NHL. To that end we drafted in Dan Quinn was appointed Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 and led them to Super Bowl LI as NFC champions in 2017, and Dallas Eakins, who just completed his maiden season as Head Coach of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Both have been impacted by the pandemic, which formed a major part of the discourse. Here is a summary of their observations:
1. Ball – your learning, deliberate practice. Everything that helps a player to fulfil their potential.
2. Battle – creating an environment that normalises stress and pressure.
3. Brotherhood – we are all connected and an extension of one another.
Be Well: Creating a Culture of Wellbeing Within an Elite Level Organisation
Speaker: Jen Fisher, Chief Well-Being Officer, Deloitte
For our second session, Jen Fisher joined us live from Miami to discuss her work as Deloitte’s first Chief Well-Being Officer – a role she created for herself in 2015 having identified gaps in the company’s wellbeing-based support. Fisher’s day to day sees her driving Deloitte’s strategy around work-life balance, health and wellness in order to empower their people in all aspects of their lives. She took to the stage to draw out the lessons for the world of sport.
Training for the Octagon: Coaching & Training UFC Athletes for Competition Performance
Speaker: Forrest Griffin, Vice President of Athlete Development, UFC
We were meant to be at the UFC Performance Institute this week and it felt fitting to wrap things up with a presentation by UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin. In his current role, as the UFC’s website says, Griffin is: “responsible for developing and executing key athlete-based initiatives, as well as supporting the conception, expansion, and implementation of athlete summits, aimed at assisting current and former UFC athletes with enhancing their life skills outside of the Octagon”.
To bring down the curtain on a successful summit, Griffin explored best practices in coaching as well as athlete preparation and feedback through his own reflections and with reference to footage from various UFC fights.
But wait, there’s more
Virtual Leaders Meet: Total High Performance: The Key Insights – Day 1 features learnings from the likes of the San Antonio Spurs’ Brian Wright, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Howie Roseman, Google’s Abeer Dubey and the English Institute of Sport’s Craig Ranson.