Ryan Mason is currently a first team football coach at Tottenham Hotspur FC and was the youngest person ever to manage a Premier League football match at 29. Ryan played football professionally until a life changing skull injury, which he suffered during a match and led to 48 staples in his skull. In this episode they discuss the injury and the struggles that took place in the following months. He shares how he fought through the anger and resentment that followed.
Nine months after his injury, Ryan was told he would never play football again. This sudden life change led him to find a passion for coaching. He shares with Jake and Damian his coaching methods, how he builds trust within the...
This is an open discussion about leadership, creating culture and what makes a winning team. To mark the 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy, Jake and Damian host a roundtable discussion with current European captain, Luke Donald, and legends, Paul McGinley and Sam Torrance. As Team Europe Ryder Cup captains past and present, they offer a unique perspective on leadership, team culture, and the winning formula that defines this prestigious event. They debate what makes a good Ryder Cup captain and the ways they get the best attributes from their players. Luke Donald shares his experiences under different captains and how this has now influenced the way he interacts with his players. He shares his key lessons from his first 13 months as captain, including battling imposter syndrome. Paul McGinley and Sam Torrance consider how they change the way they create a sense of comradery in the current digital age, in contrast to team meetings taking place in their captain’s bedroom back in 2004. Paul and Sam reflect on their choice to not include Luke in their 2014 team. They share what went into this decision and what elements need to come together to create a winning team. This Ryder Cup roundtable is a deep dive into the art of cultivating an open and communicative team, finding the delicate balance between talent and performing under pressure, and defining the legacy that extends beyond the competition itself. Whether you're a sports enthusiast, a leader, or simply seeking inspiration, this episode offers valuable lessons on what it means to lead, build culture, and win as a team at sport’s highest level. Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 hour 4 mins
24 September Finished
A common thread that runs throughout the hundreds of conversations on this podcast is the idea of sacrifice. In this episode, Jake and Damian explore what the price of high performance really looks like. Although success looks great on the outside, it can come at the cost of collateral damage and difficult decisions. Looking back on their conversation with Dame Kelly Holmes, when she shared the impact sacrificing her mental health to be at the top of her game had. They reflect on their discussions with Stephen Hendry, Rylan Clarke and Sir Ian McGeegan on the consequences of their drive to success. Episodes mentioned: Eddie Jones: https://pod.fo/e/b7048 Dame Kelly Holmes: https://pod.fo/e/1abee Jonny Wilkinson: https://pod.fo/e/9cca4 Stephen Hendry: https://pod.fo/e/c12f9 Rangan Chatterjee: https://pod.fo/e/115f19 Rylan Clark: https://pod.fo/e/15d984 Sir Ian McGeechan: https://pod.fo/e/da9c4 Richard Dannatt: https://pod.fo/e/c6a61 Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22 September Finished
“Paralysis taught me how to live” This emotional conversation is an honest and vulnerable discussion about life, death and understanding our purpose. In 2010, David Smith was given a life changing diagnosis: a rare, cancerous tumour was found in his neck. A focused athlete, previously competing in karate, running and bobsled, David aimed to put all of his energy into competing in the 2012 Paralympic games as a rower; “I didn’t have time for a tumour”. But, after having surgery on the tumour, David suffered a stroke. This was the start of a new life for David. After multiple surgeries and a number of complications, David is now fully paralysed on his left side. Despite winning gold for Rowing with Team GB at the 2012 Paralympics, what really stands out is David’s appreciation for every moment, his resilience, and his deep understanding of what it means to really live. In the face of battling cancer and living with paralysis, David's unwavering commitment to his purpose and daily philosophy shines through. He shares the importance of embracing vulnerability and the preciousness of time. A total of 6 major life-threatening spinal surgeries in 13 years, 6 weeks of radiotherapy and learning to walk after each operation meant his sporting career became more about staying alive than winning medals. David shares his profound wisdom with Jake and Damian, exploring how he is attempting to come to terms with death and how he finds strength in vulnerability. We’re left with the core of David’s message: “I’m not scared of dying, I’m scared of not living.” This was recorded in front of a live audience at Happy Place Festival, there may be some background noise. Follow David's journey here: https://www.instagram.com/davidsmithmbe/?hl=en Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18 September Finished
Barry Hearn joined the podcast in 2022 to share his 10 life lessons. In this episode, Damian shares with Jake the top 3 lessons he learnt from Barry; the ones he still uses in his everyday life. These 3 lessons include, "it’s better to be lucky than good looking", "life is not changed by sitting on the sofa" and "life is going to end in tears, so you might as well make the most of it". Jake and Damian reflect on these lessons and the way Barry’s version of high performance can be utilised in our daily lives. Episodes mentioned: Barry Hearn: https://pod.fo/e/157c60 Books mentioned: The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman: https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-luck-factor-the-scientific-study-of-the-lucky-mind-richard-wiseman/11145449?ean=9781511376839 Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15 September Finished
This week’s episode provides a rare glimpse into the mind of a coaching legend Steve Hansen, revealing the key to success in the world of rugby and beyond. Steve is a New Zealand rugby union coach and a former player. He famously led the All Blacks to victory during the 2015 Rugby World Cup as their head coach, a role he held from 2012 to 2019. This is a reflective, honest and vulnerable conversation with one of the world’s best coaches. Steve offers insights into his time with the All-Blacks, sharing his experiences coaching the greatest rugby team in history, and the task of redefining the concept of progress while sitting at the top of the world rankings. Jake, Damian and Steve delve into the strategic mindset he brings to coaching, sharing five thought-provoking questions he constantly asks himself and his team: What’s our identity and our legacy? How fast can we learn about what’s going on in the game? What are the places we’re struggling? How fast can we adapt when things aren’t going our way? What is our biggest goal? They discuss his competitive and pride-driver alter-ego, Stanley, and how he has learnt to control this side of himself, offering valuable insights into the complexities of leadership. By prioritising simplicity, trust, and self-awareness, Steve explores how we can create a blueprint for high performance in any endeavour. This episode was recorded at the Rugby Premiership Final at Twickenham, there may be some crowd noise in the background. Download The High Performance App by clicking the link below and using the code: HPAPP https://www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/app-link Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11 September Finished
To mark the start of the Rugby World Cup, Jake and Damian reflect on the conversations they have had with some of the most influential people in the game. We have been lucky enough to go into the training grounds, stadiums and dressing rooms and to hear the innermost thoughts of the key players past and present. Hear from Sir Clive Woodward on the power of the individual in a great team. A former teammate of the legendary All Blacks, Dan Carter shares the details of the team meeting in which they decide they were going to be the worlds most dominant team. Jake and Damian consider the honest and open conversation they had with Siya Kolisi, who described what winning the world cup meant for all of South Africsa. As well as the above, we hear from some of the greatest players of the game, including Sam Burgess, Danny Cipriani and Eddie Jones. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8 September Finished