Improving environments, being brave, change and knowing where you are going

sent by Nick Grantham | 26th April 2022

"I believed I could afford to lose one player however good he might be if it meant improving things for 20 or 30 others."

Warren Gatland

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I've worked in environments where one person has been toxic, and they've managed to change the whole working environment. You see almost instantaneous change when that person is removed from the situation. Warren Gatland is correct. One person can ruin it for a whole team. It takes a bold leader to have the courage to lose a great member of staff or player to benefit the great good of the group.

Source: Pride and Passion by Warren Gatland

"The willingness to show up changes us, it makes us a little braver each time."

Brene Brown

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That first training session, the first time you deliver a keynote presentation at a conference, or the first time you sit down with a coach to discuss a training plan is always filled with trepidation. But the more you do it, the more confident you become. We've all had to overcome those first-time nerves

Source: Brene Brown

"There is nothing permanent except change."


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This week I spoke to a group of students about avoiding becoming last year's team. At the end of every season, I review what has worked well and what areas need improvement. We can't simply repeat the previous season. We have to make progress, and progress often requires change. I'm grounded by first principles, and although I'll strive for consistency over several seasons, I know that I have to be open to change, which should be reflected in my practice. Unfortunately, too many coaches stick to what they know and are reluctant to embrace change. Happy to be last year's team.

Source: Heraclitus

"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable."

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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My good friend and colleague, Duncan French, told me, “planning is not optional”. So don't believe that anyone who achieves greatness does so purely by accident.

Source: Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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