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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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“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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Basics of Leadership

10/05/15 EMIRATES AIRLINE RUGBY 7S NEW ZEALAND v SCOTLAND SCOTSTOUN - GLASGOW Scotland's Colin Gregor and his team run out

Leadership. How do you define it? Can you? Can you compare it from one industry to another? From one team to another? Is it the same across the world? Are there fundamental basics of leadership that apply to all, no matter their industry, location etc? Basics of Leadership The attached article has an interesting take on […]

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Team-Building. Teams Need Personalities.

Allow for individual expression within a team building context to promote effective teams

An interesting article from the Harvard Business Review on team effectiveness, and how to build a successful team. Thanks to Vicky Russell for sharing the link on Twitter. This relates to my previous article posted on Maximillion.co.uk (http://www.maximillion.co.uk/news/team-important-individual-characteristics-within-team) about the importance of individual expression in building a successful team. When it comes to team building […]

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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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