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TIME - August 2016 special feature on Rio Olympics

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TIME - August 2016 special feature on Rio Olympics

I was driving with all the windows down along a leafy Warwickshire lane one day in July. It was one of those rare days when temperatures soared into the 30’s, prompting me to think back to January when I’d been working with the US BMX team at the Olympic training centre in Chula Vista and then with beach volleyball in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. The phone rang and a cultured American voice announced himself as Sean Gregory, chief sports editor with TIME magazine.

He told me he’d spent a day with the USA women’s beach volleyball team in June this year and wanted to know if I could help him understand what had happened to them – “They were fizzing with energy and talking in terms I didn’t understand such as ‘She’s such a D!’… When I asked them to explain, they said ‘Talk to Phil!’ so that’s why I’m calling you.”


 
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PEOPLE ALCHEMY

Sean’s account of his visit brought the story of Kerri, April and Marcio up to date. It’s good to see that he found them now fully gelling as a unit and fired up, ready to go.

See the article at…

http://time.com/4428047/kerri-walsh-jennings-and-april-ross-beach-volleyball-usa/

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A Dynamic Duo

I met Kerri and April, and their coach Marcio Sicoli, during training at Manhattan Beach in February 2016. The key to them firing as a truly high performing team was in understanding and valuing the personality and behavioral differences between the two of them. Coach Marcio had recognised this as a potential issue during training.

Competing together amounts to less than 0.1% of their time together; 99.9% of the time together is in training, traveling, planning, media work and just plain living alongside each other, and it’s here where a lack of mutual understanding and appreciation could have created problems, because they are so different…

 

Phil Ferrar, People Academy, August 2016

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 Who loves an introvert?

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Who loves an introvert?

There is, however, another bias that lurks in organisations, a bias against introverts.  It is much more disguised than those we are familiar with (race, gender etc.). It can lead to skills being ignored and may prevent individuals from fulfilling their potential...

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USA Olympic Committee develops Team USA coaches on their road to Rio

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USA Olympic Committee develops Team USA coaches on their road to Rio

As Rio 2016 fast approaches, the USA Olympic Committee (USOC) has commissioned a programme to ensure Team USA coaches are at the top of their game. The programme has been developed to ensure all coaches have the skills needed to give their athletes the edge. The aim is to develop their self-awareness in recognising the impact they have on others and how and when to adapt in challenging situations.

The high-impact programme was developed and delivered with People Academy, and includes at its core the use of the Thomas Sport psychometric assessments, measuring the behavioural and emotional traits of coaches. The first cohort of coaches attended a high impact module at LA Galaxy’s stadium in February 2015. 

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