Sport

Feedback the key to improvement in sport and business

I spoke to two organisations in the past week about leadership, behaviour and culture, and both had the same challenges. Feedback — how to give it and how it should be received — is important. My first point I made very clear. If you are a leader and not prepared to communicate and be honest,…

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Set Up a Winning Culture

One of my main objectives when arriving at the Melbourne Football Club was to transform the culture of the organization.  The club had just completed a season winning two games and losing 20 games and hadn’t seen success for many years. Whilst the word ‘culture’ is widely used, I often wonder if people really understand…

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Stick to the Plan and Win

One of the first questions that you get asked when you coach a football team is, “How many games do you think you will win?” The follow up questions, depending on what team you are coaching, generally go like this; Do you think you can make the finals? Do you think you can win the…

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Life Mirrors Footy When it Comes to Leadership

Having just completed my final coaching stint in AFL I reflected on the dramatic change that has taken place in leadership over the last 35 years. When I started out as a 17 year old kid from Doncaster the industry was very much part-time.  My first coach was a school teacher by day and after…

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A Melbourne Demons Podcast – Episode 40 feat. Tami Roos

‘A Melbourne Demons Podcast’ is a weekly series featuring interviews with current and ex-players, as well as the latest MFC news. PODCAST NOTES: We chat about our gallant effort against the Crows and interview the remarkable Tami Roos. http://www.deespodcast.com/new-blog/2016/7/5/episode-40-feat-tami-roos-jul-5-2016

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Sport Is More Than A Game

The AFL season is around the corner and, having lived and breathed football for nearly 25 years, I can feel the anticipation in the air around Melbourne. The pre-season competition has begun, and talk in the cafes is once again focused around how well the team will go. Being married to an ex-professional AFL player…

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