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I’m a football coach that writes books. I also write my own website copy.
Over the last decade, I’ve coached AFL Team Canada while simultaneously working in corporate recruitment for large organizations in Canada, Australia and the United States. This unique set of circumstances has given me a front row seat to some of the highest-performing sports teams, and some of the lowest-performing corporate teams.
My ideas on team dynamics and talent optimization bubbled to the surface in December 2017, when I released my first book, Where Others Won’t, which compares the people-focused dressing rooms and the dollar-focused boardrooms I’ve witnessed. I was fortunate that my contention was supported by supremely talented team builders like Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons), Ralph Krueger (Southampton FC) and Ted Sundquist (Denver Broncos), who all agreed to be interviewed for the book.
Now, this has become my obsession. I spend my days speaking to executives, coaches and athletes from across the world of pro sports and translating their best ideas into business-speak.
Let me take you into the inner sanctum of the sports teams who have created sustained success to find how your business can capitalize on their team dynamics and talent optimization secrets.
In The Media
Book Me to Speak
I speak to business and sporting groups about topics including:
The Future of Work
Unlike other speakers, I do not have a ‘standard’ talk.
I believe each team is unique and deserves a customized conversation around their specific challenges. This not only helps me get better, but it helps you to get maximum impact.
Recently, I’ve spoken at two gala dinners, two of my former employers, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and the league-leading Ottawa 67’s hockey team.
I am a roster speaker for executive leadership group TEC Canada, and I will make major appearances at Leaders In Sport, and ACETECH BC’s Whistler Summit in 2019.
Where Others Won’t
In the corporate world, we're fast realizing that people are our largest source of competitive advantage. The problem is, all of our systems and structures are set up for products, services and technology to give us an edge over our rivals.
But whether it's recruitment, leadership, culture or high-performance, professional sports has been quality-testing people strategies for decades, and now contains a treasure trove of ideas for you to harness.
Through in-depth interviews and meticulous research, Where Others Won't dives deeper than ever before into professional sports from around the world.
You'll hear first-hand accounts from executives, coaches and players, including Southampton president Ralph Krueger, former Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars, former Denver Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist, Utah Jazz coach Igor Kokoskov, former Green Bay Packer Na'il Diggs, former Sunderland and Burnley captain Steven Caldwell, former Richmond leader Daniel Jackson, NCAA soccer coach Gary Curneen, and Paris St-Germain defender Ashley Lawrence.
Are you willing to look where others won't?
Where Others Won’t Podcast
The Where Others Won’t Podcast is a continuation of the book, and brings together thinkers and practitioners from academia, sports and business to dissect how teams really work. A mixture of panel discussions and one-on-one interviews, each themed episode is designed to bring you new ideas that can help your team gain a competitive advantage.
Adam Grant - Host of WorkLife + Author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B (with Sheryl Sandberg)
Joe Dumars - Basketball Hall of Fame + 3 x NBA champion (player and executive) with the Detroit Pistons
Claude Silver - Vaynermedia’s Chief Heart Officer
Angela Ruggiero - Olympic Gold Medalist, Hockey Hall of Famer + Co-Founder of Sports Innovation Lab
Pádraig Smith - General Manager of the Colorado Rapids
James Kerr - Author of Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life
Whitney Johnson - Author of Disrupt Yourself and Build an A-Team
Steven Caldwell - Former Captain of Burnley, Sunderland and Toronto FC
Paul Roos - Premiership Coach of the Sydney Swans