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Scotland’s Everest

Mental Preparation (Belief, Focus, Clarity of Thought) important for Scotland to record historic first victory over New Zealand All Blacks

Mental Preparation I played New Zealand many times. I lost to New Zealand many times. I came close to beating New Zealand several times. But I didn’t. Looking back we lost those close games in the mind. There were games when I don’t believe that every member of our squad genuinely thought we would win. […]

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All teams have a culture. What’s yours?

Culture Wordle High performance team sport elite performance

I was still at school when I first represented Strathendrick men’s team. At no point was I made to do any awkward initiation. A few years later, joining Watsonians, the initiation was to join the senior members of the team at the back of the bus for some cheese and wine. Granted it was a […]

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Better Never Stops

Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie in action before Guinness Pro14 rugby match

Photo courtesy of Craig Watson Photography Room for Improvement “We’re always going to strive to be better…” “We can be a hell of a lot better…” “From a coaching point of view I know we can do a lot better…” Three different quotes after the three matches in the Guinness Pro14 from Glasgow Warriors Head […]

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It’s good to talk. It’s better to listen

Do you listen or are you just waiting to talk? In my last Blog (“That’s not what I meant…”) I discussed some important aspects of how you communicate. One I touched on was listening. This is such a big part of communication it merits its own Blog. Here I will discuss Active Listening, what it […]

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“That’s not what I meant…”

Team Scotland, Commonwealth Youth Games, Leadership, Teamwork, Passion, Support

There’s more to communication than what you say I gave an overview of my experiences leading Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games (http://colingregor.com/commonwealth-youth-games/ ). One of the important areas I found was how the team communicated. Previously, I touched on the What’s App group we had. This allowed for immediate dissemination of information. It […]

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Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Bahamas 2017

Some time in early December 2016 I was asked about the role of Team Leader for the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games. Obviously the location sounded attractive. However so did the opportunity it presented. Reasons included: help develop young Scottish athletes, work with an exciting and ambitious management team, challenge, and hopefully improve myself, operating […]

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The strength of the pack is the wolf. And the strength of the wolf is the pack.

Saracens the best culture of any rugby team. Culture in high performance sport

Congratulations to Saracens. The 4th team to retain the European Cup. 2 games away from a “Double Double” of European Cup and Aviva Premiership triumphs in consecutive seasons. There are few teams in Europe that come close to them on the rugby pitch. And there are few teams that come close off the field. Saracens […]

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The “I” in Team

Teamwork and working together improves performance. Provided you still allow for some individual expression within the team.

Important Individual Characteristics Within a Team Colin Gregor writes: For a team to operate, individuals within that team must behave in certain ways and display certain characteristics. There must be an overarching culture that defines how individuals are expected to perform, however there must also be freedom for individual expression within this framework. Here I […]

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