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16 consultancy lessons

Exactly 5 years ago @InghamRachel and I announced Supporting Champions @support_champs in this little tweet! It’s been an amazing adventure. Here’s a 🧵of 16 key lessons, contrasting the two worlds of being employed and running a consultancy! – I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and have wanted to set up my own business since I graduated in ’96…

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Being Applied

“At first I was afraid, I was petrifiedKept thinking I could never live without you by my sideBut then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrongAnd I grew strongAnd I learned how to get along” Gloria Gaynor “Hello. Nice to meet you. Welcome to the performance centre”. In this moment, my professional career began…

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Welcome pack

Course induction pack Welcome to the course! We’re super excited to begin one of the Supporting Champions Practitioner Courses and even more so to support you to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to improve your performance and help you create impact for yourself and the athletes and coaches you work with. In this document you will find…

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What message would I share with my student self ?

Chris Francis a teacher at a secondary school in my home town of Bournemouth, recently got in touch asking if I’d be up for doing a talk for his sixth form students. Chris and I grew up together, toured a few Greek islands and he remains a great friend. I couldn’t say no. He asked me to share…

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Collaboration is an act

In The Imitation Game, dramatising the heroic work of the Bletchley code breakers, about halfway through the film, Alan Turing is encouraged by his friend and fellow genius Joan Clarke to give apples out to his fellow hut 8 cryptographers. This simple gesture was an attempt to build bridges, previously broken by Turing’s singular focus on doing his…

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Add exactitude to your gratitude

Who has helped you along your path? That was the question posed in the last blog. Who was your Obi-wan, Morpheus or Pumbaa? I wonder if Luke, Neo or Simba took the time to offer some gratitude about how the help helped (other than those glowing looks and knowing nods at the end of movie)? Research from Columbia…

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Mentors: Obi wan has taught you well

Obi wan Kenobi hands Luke Skywalker his father’s lightsaber and urges, “You must learn the ways of the force”; Morpheus presents Neo a red pill and a blue pill, where the red pill offers, “To stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes”; with a bit more a fun loving vibe, Timon and…

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Connect back

In the annals of the history of science, stand people that have led a breakthrough. Isaac Newton formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation; Charles Darwin, developed the basis of evolution through natural selection, Antoine Lavoisier discovered the role of oxygen. The record shows it was their steps that made the final movement to the denouement of…

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Networking nets work

There is an unspoken concept in performance sport (and in the wider world of work) that it’s not what you know it’s who you know. It’s seems incredibly unfair doesn’t it, that you spend all this time learning and researching knowledge only for you to be denied an opportunity by someone else because they happen to know someone…

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Differentiate yourself with our membership

I wrote a little blog in 2015 calling on the 15,000 sports students to take ownership of their future. The reality was and is that not all of those entering into university level sports courses with dreams of working for Real Madrid or with Dina Asher-Smith will have their dreams come true. There is a statistical mismatch to…

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