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I’m a football coach that writes books. I also podcast, give keynotes, write my own website copy, and refuse to write my bio in third-person.
Over the last decade, I’ve coached Canada’s men’s AFL team while simultaneously working in the corporate sector. This unique set of circumstances has given me a front row seat to observe some of the world’s highest performing teams, and some of the world’s lowest performing teams.
These observations led to the release of my first book, Where Others Won’t, which argues that the teams that create sustained success in pro sports have people firmly at the centre of their organizational strategy, and that the business world should follow suit. I was fortunate that my contention was supported by highly accomplished 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.
The success of Where Others Won't spawned a one-of-a-kind podcast series of the same name, which rocketed into the top 100 on iTunes within a week of launch. To date, it has featured guests like Adam Grant, Whitney Johnson, Patty McCord, Neil Pasricha, Claude Silver, James Kerr, Angela Ruggiero, and Paul Roos.
You can email me directly at email@example.com and I’m active on Twitter and LinkedIn.
In The Media
Where Others Won’t Podcast
The Where Others Won’t Podcast 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
Patty McCord - Former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix
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 + Build an A-Team
Neil Pasricha - Author of The Happiness Equation + How To Get Back Up
Paul Roos - Premiership Coach of the Sydney Swans
Garry Ridge - CEO of WD-40 Company
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.
February 26: Hiring Success (San Francisco)
March 2: Leaders In Sport (Las Vegas)
March 6: Dx3 Canada (Toronto)
April 4: Acetech BC Summit (Whistler)
June 18: TBC (Edinburgh, UK)
June 20: Corporate Keynote (London, UK)
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?