Long before the frenzy of the Cricket World Cup hit our shores, the captain of New Zealand’s cricket team, the Black Caps, was asked what coach Mike Hesson’s strengths were. McCullum answered, “He’s not that interested in short-term results. He wants to build something that lasts forever.” For Hesson, losing the World Cup final will… Read more
The end of the year is a fitting time to reflect on the successes (and failures) of the year, not just in terms of accomplishments but in terms of relationships. In today’s busy world how often do we end up operating in a way that causes us to miss what’s going on for some of… Read more
The New Zealand team brought 45 medals home from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 14 of them gold. Most would agree that this was an excellent performance for a New Zealand team performing offshore. It’s hard to argue otherwise because, personal best times aside, the acknowledged measure of performance in the Commonwealth Games is the… Read more
Recently I was privileged to listen to the wisdom of David Slyfield, one of the most sought-after athletic trainers in New Zealand. He had just finished training the world-renowned Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team. There are some strong links between the athlete trainer and the organisational leader. Having also trained some of the New Zealand… Read more
Watching Team New Zealand in action over the last few days has got us thinking about how they have turned their practice time into high performance. One of the team wondered if they were an example of some of the best practice we have seen so it seemed like a good time to re-visit this blog about what people’s actual definition of high performance is.