The Art & Science of Recovery

This is to be held on the 15th of November. More details below.

Please contact me if you’re interested in attending.

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High stakes decisions, performance expectations, ambitious projects, adversity, balance, prioritisation, transition and change. We’re all living and working under uncertainty, stress and pressure.

Rather than just surviving, what can we do to thrive in these environments as individuals and teams?

In an interview style format, you’ll hear from two of Australia’s most respected performance coaches:

  • Dr Chris Gaviglio, Head of Strength & Conditioning at the Queensland Academy of Sport, and
  • Jonah Oliver, one of Australia’s top performance psychologists

It will be an in-depth exploration of the principles, tools and strategies for physical and mental recovery.

We’ll be talking about lessons learnt from elite performance for individuals and teams and how they can be applied at work, at home and in our daily lives.

[Proceeds from this event will go to the Leukaemia Foundation]

This event is for people who:

  • Have a passion for high performance for themselves and their teams
  • Are seeking tested strategies, tools, habits and routines to better manage everything from energy levels to decision making
  • Are looking for insights that are typically only shared with elite athletes and performers.

In this session you’ll hear:

  • Lessons from diverse experiences: from athletes to surgeons, from racing car drivers to executives
  • How these lessons can be applied at work and at home
  • How to manage and optimise recovery for individuals and teams
  • How to create a systematic approach to rest and recovery to be able to perform when it matters most
  • The concept of periodisation and how it can be applied across daily, weekly, monthly, yearly routines and disciplines
  • The danger of the myth of “always on” and what can be done about it
  • And much more.

About the guests:

Dr. Chris Gaviglio

  • Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Nearly 20 years of strength and conditioning training experience with Olympic sports and professional codes (Wallabies, Gold Coast Suns, QLD Maroons Rugby League)
  • Applied sports science researcher into performance biomarkers, blood flow restriction training and warm-up and peri-competition strategies
  • Product designer/entrepreneur: Thera-wedge, Backsak and the Sports Rehab Tourniquet
  • Speaker and consultant on enhancing human performance: From World Class to World Best
  • Husband and father of two.

Jonah Oliver

  • One of Australia’s leading performance psychologists
  • Combines sport psychology and neuroscience to facilitate peak performance
  • Nearly 20 years working in high performance from Olympians, executives and professional codes (Brisbane Roar, Gold Coast Suns, Essendon), to car racing teams (Porsche – Le Mans World Champion, V8s), indigenous performing artists and surgeons
  • Executive coach
  • Author, speaker, consultant on talent identification, leadership and organisational performance around the world
  • Husband and father of two.

Event Details:

  • Date: 15th of November
  • Format: 60 minute interview/discussion + 30 mins Q&A
  • Will begin at 7pm sharp to conclude at 8:30pm
  • Venue:
    Brisbane Broncos Clive Berghofer Centre [Their new training facility]
    81 Fulcher Rd,
    Red Hill
    Brisbane, 4059
  • Tickets: $65 each
  • Drinks & food available afterwards at the Broncos Leagues Club

 

Mistakes, Facilitation and Coaching Olympic All Stars – Arjan Vos

Arjan Vos is a Dutch women’s water polo coach and was responsible for a diverse squad at Queensland Academy of Sport. Some members of the squad were just beginning their elite water polo journeys as teenagers. Two of them – Bronwen Knox and Ash Southern – have been named in Olympic All Star teams. He is renowned for his approach to his athletes and the loyalty and trust he inspires.

In this conversation Arjan shares his coaching philosophies including:

  • the role of facilitation vs goal setting as a coach
  • His key coaching question and why it applies to juniors and veterans: What is their goal and how can I contribute?
  • why it’s important stay out of the way and not to give too much as a coach
  • the importance of truth
  • why coaching is an attitude
  • why creating space for mistakes is essential to improving
  • how and why he develops critical thinking in his athletes
  • his reflection strategies
  • and more.

Have you had any great coaches, teachers or mentors? What were their philosophies? Let me know in the comments.


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Using Death as a Compass

“But time, is on your side, it’s on your side, now” Cold Play

Sadly Coldplay were lying. It’s never on our side.

When I think about flying, it’s essentially a tin can thousands of meters above the earth travelling at hundreds of kilometres per hour. It’s a humbling reminder of how precious life is.

So every time I get on a plane, to fly through the air in essentially a tin can, I ask myself 2 questions:

“Does everyone I love know I love them?”

I mentally tick through my list of wife, children, family and friends. If they might not be sure, then I have a job to do when I land.

“If this plane goes down, am I content with what I’ve accomplished and the impact I’ve made so far in my life?”

If the answer is no or halfhearted, it’s time to take stock.

 

How to Discover “Native Genius” – Taking action on Multipliers

This is a follow up on my previous blog post, the 4 Key leadership learnings from Multipliers.

On Monday this week, Adam organised a “Native Genius” session for one of our Bluewire Media monthly meetings. It was a cracker! In fact it is probably one of the best sessions we’ve ever conducted with our team.

Here’s what I wrote to Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown as feedback on the session:

I can’t tell you how energizing it was! It’s incredible to watch people around the table really identify what is the absolute best in their team mates. Then the reaction of the person in the “hot seat” – as they come to realise what others believe is their strongest quality, understand what it is that really drives them and realise how it translates not just to work, but across all aspects of their lives – was inspiring! The formal reviews we had scheduled for the next day were quite different as a result too.

If you wanted to watch the same unfold in your organisation, here’s how the session rolled out:

  • Get your group together (we did it with 6 of us – this was a good size and we had all been working together for quite a while which probably helped too)
  • Read through the description of “Native Genius” from the book:

A native genius is something that people do, not only exceptionally well, but absolutely naturally. They do it easily (without extra effort) and freely (without condition)…They get results that are head-and-shoulders above others but they do it without breaking a sweat.

  • Choose the person whose “Native Genius” you want to discover (let’s call it putting them in the “Hot Seat”)
  • Read through the 5 discovery questions (p48 ):

What do they do better than anything else they do?

What do they do better than the people around them?

What do they do without effort?

What do they do without being asked?

What do they do readily without being paid?

  • Get everyone’s input on that person’s Native Genius and write them down
  • Once everyone in the group (including the person in the “Hot Seat”) has had their say, summarise and then label their Native Genius!
  • Repeat this process, including the description and the questions, for each person in the group.

Good luck!

If you give this a try, I’d love to hear how your team responded and what you got from it.