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Sir Clive Woodward


I had the great pleasure to spend the afternoon today with Sir Clive Woodward, the Director of Elite Sport for the British Olympic Association, hailed as a brilliant coach with visionary powers of leadership and motivation. Here are a few gems from the man himself.

Talent alone is not enough.
Attitude is more important than talent.

And to back him up – In the words of a truly great champion, – Muhammad Ali

Champions aren’t made in gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

And one of Clive’s favourites!

If you are not going to the Olympic Games to win the gold medal, then you are just a tourist.
Steve Redgrave

He spoke so much about the role of the coach and the support team and how important each and everyone of them were.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

And of opening our minds to the way we think

Inherited thinking is a curse. It’s the biggest impediment to innovation in any organization. ……..before you do anything, you have to change the way you think.

Establish winning behaviour is the essence of moulding a world beating team.

Whether you are a coach, teacher, parent, CEO or an athlete, all these principles apply to us all. What can you do differently to win?

Have a winning week

With love

Ann Quinn, Ph.D

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