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027: Brad Dieter on effective consulting

Brad is a trained Exercise Physiologist, Molecular Biologist, and Biostatistician, but wasn’t in these specialist topics that the insights started to flow in the interview, it was much more about how we live, work, day-to-day performance habits, parallels and allegories from the world of human function and human performance that we ended up exploring.

One key area though really emerged and that was the concept of consulting, and how Brad set up his consultancy, and working with others, Brad shares his insights of focusing on quality work, empowering others in what I thought was a flawless, thoughtful, diligent almost calm way work with people for whom he can provide a solution! It was a fascinating discussion, so thank you Dylan. We started off by chatting about why he and his dog were up so early in the morning.

In this show we discuss:
– Brad’s background in biomechanics, molecular physiology and epidemiology.
– The parallels between human functioning and performance.
– Starting and growing a consultancy/portfolio career.
– The mindset and habits required to succeed in personal and professional domains.

Show Notes
3:21 – Focus, sleep and high-performance habits.
7:46 – Overview of Brad’s journey into high performance and biomechanics, molecular physiology and epidemiology. Brad now heads research and development for a number of consultancy firms that he co-own’s.
11:01 –In his early career, Brad purposely sought opportunities that would develop metacognition, skill acquisition and networked with different people in different industries to develop his ability to solve performance problems.
14:06 – Understanding concepts from human functioning. Transferring and applying the fundamental processes of these into performance domains.
16:43 – Brad’s observation of highly successful people: they spend a lot more time asking questions than proposing solutions.
20:16 – Navigating some of the difficulties in life as a consultant – selling uncertainty to people. Communicating clarity is key. We are trying to solve this problem once!
23:11– Empowering performers through education so that they can become problem solvers for the rest of their career in sport or business.
25:11 – Building and managing a portfolio career. Relationships, work ethic and a growth mindset at the core. Operating from a stable base and growing from that.
28:37 – Networking with a curious, inquisitive mind with the goal of meeting people with similar aspirations and values.
29:36 – Self-awareness and empathic qualities have been central to Brad’s performance and connecting with others as well has having good people around him.
31:28 – Work ethic, balancing work and family life. Brad discusses building assets, referring to relationships, companies, skill sets, knowledge, anything that gives you more value down the road.
35:45 – Working with the pulse of operating from a place that enables you to do what you want to do rather than what you have to do.  This requires a lot of hard work to set up!
37:31 – Brad’s top 3 tips for consultants and people considering a portfolio career: create and deliver the highest quality output and hold yourself accountable to it, be highly professional and take initiative and act.
43:23 – What is next for Brad? His goal is to provide the best answers to the biggest problems across variety human health and performance domains.

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