Wade Gilbert on Coaching Coaches

December 5, 2018

Dr. Wade Gilbert joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Dr. Wade Gilbert is an internationally renowned coaching consultant and sports scientist, as well an award-winning professor of kinesiology at Fresno State University. He has a great book called Coaching Better Every Season, and he will talk about how that book is constantly evolving in this podcast. Dr. Wade has taught at the University of Ottawa, UCLA, and Fresno State. He has contributed to over 100 publications, serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal, and was the lead author of USOC Quality Coaching Framework. He is a growth minded individual that is always trying to learn and grow. He is at the forefront of coaching coaches, and tries to help them see better, and solve complex problems.

In this episode, they discuss what led to him being a coach of coaches (5:50), when he became passionate about working with coaches (9:10), the differences in working with athletes vs. coaches (10:50), whether he focuses more on mentoring vs. coaching his clients (13:40), how he works with perfectionism (15:50), how he’s seen the best coaches shift from preparation to performance (19:20), if he’s ever been around coaches that lack discipline (22:05), what he does to make sure he’s still working on himself (25:20), how he gives himself space to be (27:50), how he thinks about coaching as an art vs. a science (32:10), how he thinks about creating as little unknown while still embracing the unknown (34:30), what he does to help coaches who don’t enjoy games (37:50), what he intentionally does for performing (39:00), the books that have resonated with him over the years (43:20), what coaching with heart is about (45:20), how he taps into the body when working with coaches (47:20), what’s different about working with a CEO of a company vs. a Head Coach (51:20), what he loves doing (53:30), how he helps people who are doing difficult things (55:40), what drives him (59:10), the mechanics of how his job works (1:02:05), how the world of coaching coaches is evolving (1:07:00), and why there isn’t a process for coaches to become certified (1:10:50)

Thank you to Wade for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out Wade’s book and his newest work at https://us.humankinetics.com/products/coaching-better-every-season, and you can also find Wade on twitter @WadeWgilbert. Wade’s faculty web page can also be found here.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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David Cuthbert on Leading Teams

November 30, 2018

David Cuthbert joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. David was the captain of the Naval Academy soccer team. David, at his core, is a leader, and someone who took that word captain into something that he relished and appreciated. This conversation is mostly about leadership, what it takes to lead humans, and the challenges that come with that. David is the CEO of a non-profit called Wine to Water that works with over 700,000 people in 30 countries to provide them water. They dig wells and create sustainable resources so those communities can have water, and continue to access that crucial element that we sometimes take for granted in the United States. David and Wine to Water go into these communities and help them to have a long, sustainable water resource. David was also in the Special Ops, and he will give you a bit of insight into what he did in Special Ops and what is career was like in the Armed Forces. David leverages a lot of different skills and techniques to be his best self, and he is the definition of an intentional performer.

In this episode, they discuss what his upbringing and childhood was like (6:30), if faith was a big part of his life (11:00), the values his parents passed down to him (12:10), the feeling he gets when he talks about his Dad (14:00), his life growing up with sports (17:50), when college soccer came into his mind (21:10), his experience playing college soccer at Navy (23:00), if he only looked at Navy (26:20), what he thinks of, “embrace the suck,” (30:30), what he learned about leadership while at Navy (32:10), what caused him to become a starter on the team (36:10), what it’s like to become a captain at Navy (40:30), his thoughts on competitiveness (45:15), his thoughts on if leading by example is enough (49:40), what came after he graduated from Navy (54:00), how he felt when he broke his leg during his senior season (56:30), his time in the special ops (1:00:00), his thoughts on the mindset for preparation vs. performance (1:02:00), the mental skills/tools he used in the special ops (1:05:30), his experience in a start-up tech company (1:07:05), what makes a great teammate (1:08:00), why he left corporate to go into a non-profit (1:09:40), the downsize of being a maximizer (1:15:10), and what they do at Wine to Water (1:21:50).

Thank you to David for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his non-profit https://www.winetowater.org/ to learn about the amazing work they are doing.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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Danny Binstock on Acting and Mindset

November 21, 2018

Danny Binstock joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Danny is somebody I have known since elementary school and he is always doing a million things at once. As Danny has gotten older, he’s really focused on his craft of acting. Danny was also a three-sport athlete that ran cross country, played ice hockey, and also played lacrosse. He is someone who has always been good at whatever he puts his mind to. Danny is a New York City-based actor from the Washington, DC area that has worked at different theaters throughout the country, and he has also appeared on television. Danny is in the middle of his journey, and he has a vision for himself of bigger things even though he has already had a successful career thus far.

In this episode, we discuss his last seven years of grinding in the acting world (8:10), what desperation felt like for him (9:30), how he thinks about comparisons (16:10), how massive vulnerability is in his world (21:10), what he has shifted intentionally with regard to how he thinks about auditions (28:10), how empathy plays a role in his profession (35:20), how empathy impacts his life off stage (40:00), what he does to be successful in an audition (46:10), how he thinks about acting as a team sport (49:50), the emotions he feels when he’s on stage (54:30), his experience in a performance when he didn’t have time to study the lines (1:00:10), why a play is called a play (1:04:30), his thoughts on the preparation vs. performance mindset (1:06:00), how his sports experiences impacted him in his career today (1:09:05), what works for him with motivation (1:14:30), why he’s so passionate about acting (1:15:40), the habits/routines he does to keep himself sharp (1:22:20), what he does if he isn’t able to connect with his teammate (1:28:05), how he creates confidence moving forward for himself (1:31:00), the dialogue he has with himself before his performance (1:35:10), and how he’s not afraid (1:37:40).

Thank you to Danny for joining us on this week’s podcast. He was just on Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, and Elementary so you can find him on CBS. We encourage you to check him out on Instagram @dbinstock.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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Fearless Impact with Danielle Cantor

November 14, 2018

Danielle joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Danielle is sharp, passionate about helping people, and knows her stuff about basketball. You will not find a smarter, and more competent person when it comes to representing basketball players. Danielle is an NBPA certified agent and has worked alongside David Falk who is a legend in the sports agent world. Danielle is a relationship-based person that values people, helping people, and she is a servant leader at her core. She was also a Division 1 soccer player at the University of Pennsylvania. Danielle is a competitor, a winner, and she is also a very caring person that wants to help make people better and unlock their potential.

In this episode, they discuss what she was like growing up as an athlete and soccer player (6:20), what qualities make-up a good goalie (11:05), where sports came from for her (12:50), the differences between competitiveness and fearlessness (14:20), how she defines winning (19:10), how she works with being competitive but not necessarily having control of the outcome (24:10), her process for goal-setting (26:30), a devastating soccer loss she went through and the follow-up from that event (29:00), what it feels like when she gets into the space of “I’m going to make this happen,” (34:30), going towards a challenge as opposed to thinking of it as a threat (38:00), when college soccer became something that seemed like a possibility for her (42:50), her experience playing college soccer (46:00), how she got into the sports agency world (51:30), the qualities she believes salespeople need (56:20),  what she did routine wise as a goalie (57:00), what processes she puts in place for her attention to detail (59:00), how she prepared for this podcast (1:03:20), and how she feels about being a female in a male dominated industry (1:07:00)

Thanks to Danielle for coming on the podcast. Danielle is exploring fearlessness in a way that is inspiring, and we thank her for sharing her story.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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Brian Levenson on Setting Your Mind

November 7, 2018

Today is a bit of a different episode as it will be just me sharing thoughts on setting your mind for performance. I work as a mental performance coach, and executive coach. I am fortunate to have worked with top performers in sports, and today I also work with CEO’s and Executives to help them unlock their potential. I am integrating some of the work I do in sport and bringing it over to the corporate world. If you are in the corporate world, and interested in the work that I do, please do reach out. I am obsessed with mindset, and love learning about humans and how they can unlock their potential to create success.

In this episode, I discuss “set mind” and how to intentionally set your mind (7:30), mental toughness and recovery (10:10), when matters, the performance mind, and Kobe Bryant (12:30), polarities and mindset (18:50), meditation and visualization as tools to change your mindset (21:00), the idea behind the podcast and being intentional (22:30), the power of interpretation (25:20), the power of self-talk (26:30), interacting with the world from the inside out instead of the outside in (27:00), the idea that our identity is who we are and not what we do (27:30), winning the moment (28:20), and how grateful I am and the power of gratitude (28:50).

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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Daniel Stillman on Design Thinking

October 31, 2018

Daniel joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Daniel does some really interesting work on design thinking and designing conversation for companies and individuals. Daniel does a lot of different things, but at his core, he will talk about being a designer. He’s a design thinker and helps others design their companies, and themselves, to help them unpack what they have envisioned for themselves and where they want to go. Daniel founded and exited start-ups and now travels the world teaching design thinking to teams and organizations to help them be more intentional at work. At his core, Daniel believes design means making things better tomorrow than they are today.

In this episode they discuss when and how he got interested in facilitation (6:50), why he was different than others in his family with regard to challenges (11:40), how he thinks about confrontation (13:10), how he practices active listening in tough moments (17:50), life as an infinite game (22:30), how he went from focusing on science to facilitation (26:30), the consequences of looking at human focused design vs. non-human focused design (29:30), how he thinks about vision (34:00), how he thinks about values (37:20), the conversation operating system model (41:20), what is so powerful about sticky notes for him (47:50), what he does to make sure he’s showing up at his best (51:00), what he does on stage to make sure he’s good to go (52:20), how he thinks about all the different hats that he wears (55:10), and how he facilitates with people who just want to have a monologue (57:30)

Thank you to Daniel for coming on the podcast. We encourage you to check out his podcast and sign up for his emails on his website at http://theconversationfactory.com/. Daniel just finished a book on design thinking called “The 30 Second Elephant and Paper Airplane Experiment,” and he’s working on another book about how conversations work which should be coming out in the next year. You can also find Daniel on twitter @dastillman.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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Cordie Walker on Learning Golf

October 24, 2018

Cordie joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. During our conversation, Cordie talks about how to grow and learn as a golfer. He will talk about how golf is changing and turning into somewhat of a team sport. Cordie is curious about how to make the best golfer, what makes golfers good, and how we change or shift golf in our society. Cordie is a podcast producer, a podcast expert, and entrepreneur. He will share how he is constantly innovating and working on new things.

In this episode, they discuss where golf started for him (4:20), what drew him to podcasting (7:10), who introduced him to music and golf (8:05), what drew him to golf over music (10:20), why he dislikes the word potential (11:10), what comes next for him after the software company and golf podcast (15:45), what he sees from the best golf coaches (18:45), the idea behind “Par” and golf being a problem-solving activity (24:00), his idea on the preparation vs. performance mindset (25:30), what gave him the confidence to pursue his passion (29:40), the downside of going after his passion (31:10), what he learned from his failed software company (32:10), the values his mom and dad passed down to him (33:20), when he started to create content and where this ability came from (36:20), the advice he’d give to someone producing a podcast or creating content (37:00), how companies use podcasts internally (40:10), the different areas he’s involved in (43:00), the drive for each of his three funnels (43:45), how long he’s been at the flooring company and what he’s learned along the way (45:30), what it’s like managing people (46:45), how he sees himself in the future (48:05), the concept behind his podcast (50:20), how northeast golfers adapt to not being able to play golf all year (54:30), what he does when he’s preparing and performing at golf (56:50), the expectation he puts on himself when performing (1:01:30)

Thank you to Cordie for joining us on this week’s episode of the podcast. We encourage you to check out his podcast “The Golf Science Lab,” and “Just Hit Publish” is the agency where they produce shows for businesses and organizations. Finally, we encourage you to check out his twitter @cordiewalker and website http://cordiewalker.com/.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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Curtis Symonds on Learning Leadership

October 17, 2018

Curtis joins us on this week’s episode of the Intentional Performers podcast. Curtis is an assistant basketball coach at Paul VI. Curtis is a special guy who basically volunteers as a basketball coach at Paul VI. Curtis has a background in cable, and worked at ESPN for a number of years, and then worked at BET and helped BET build out their programming. He will share how he went from managing 1-2 people to managing 150 people, and he will talk about his leadership style in this podcast. He also worked for the Washington Mystics, and will talk about how he went from being a sales and marketing guy to learning how to manage operations of a professional basketball team. Curtis is passionate about basketball, community, and giving back to the youth.

In this episode, they discuss where his energy comes from (5:50), how he knew he could play college basketball after not playing high school basketball (10:30), his mom’s reaction to him saying he was going to walk-on to the college basketball team (13:30), the role his dad played in his life (15:00), the value his parents passed down to him (17:10), what it feels like to think about joining a hall of fame (19:40), what makes a great team (21:10), what gets in the way of making teams successful (23:10), his thoughts on how far talent can take you (26:20), how his leadership style changed at BET (31:30), the values that he looks for when hiring (34:05), how he thinks about building something out for a specific group of people (36:20), what his days were like at BET (41:00), what it was like transitioning from sports to music (47:05), his experience with the Mystics (49:05), what it was like going from being an expert to a novice (50:30), why he is so involved with Paul VI (52:30), if he’s noticed a change in kids today compared to 15 years ago (56:30), how important the environment is for being successful (1:03:00)

Thank you to Curtis for coming on the show. He is building a digital network around Historical Black Colleges called the HBCUX Classic Sports Network to help with the lack of exposure for HBCU’s. The goal of this network is to give these schools more exposure and get more student-athletes to these schools. Curtis truly cares about people and has had an amazing impact on Paul VI, and we thank him for coming on the podcast.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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Mike Ganino on A Culture of Yes, And

October 10, 2018

Mike joins us on this week’s episode of the podcast. Mike is a culture and story-telling expert who helps executives, teams, and thought leaders communicate, connect, and engage. Mike shares his story which includes working in restaurants, working as a flight attendant, and how he developed an appreciation for culture. He wrote the book “Company Culture for Dummies” and has been named a top 30 culture speaker by Global Guru. Mike uses his high energy to re-write the stories that are happening within a company’s culture. Mike is also the head performance coach at Heroic Public Speaking, and he’ll talk about what he’s shared with others to help them develop their mind for public speaking.

In this episode, they discuss why culture is something he’s been interested in (6:05), what it was like to be a flight attendant (10:50), how his family reacted to him dropping out of school to become an actor (14:10), his mom’s impact on his life (20:00), how he prepared to perform for improv (22:20), what it was like working at Potbelly’s (25:20), what he believes is the source of culture (32:40), how he finds out the beliefs in a company (35:45), what he does for companies that aren’t clear on culture (40:15), how technology has changed how he thinks about culture and story-telling (44:05), what percentage of culture is based on science vs. art (50:50), how he sets his mind for public speaking (56:40), how he prepares to best serve his audience (1:00:20), what he does to ensure he’s taking care of himself (1:03:25), why “say yes, and” is meaningful for him (1:05:05).

Thank you to Mike for coming on the podcast. If you are communicating and something is not aligned with your audience, Mike is a great guy to connect with to help. You can find his book, “Company Culture for Dummies,” on Amazon, and you can also find him on http://www.mikeganino.com/. We encourage you to connect with Mike on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook as well.

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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Neen James on Attention Pays

October 3, 2018

Neen James joins us on this week’s episode of the Intentional Performers podcast. Neen is a bundle of energy, and she brings this positivity and energy into everything that she does. She is the author of Folding Time, and Attention Pays which are fantastic books. In 2017 she was named one of the top 30 leadership speakers by Global Guru. Neen brings boundless energy and offers very tangible solutions to give you ways you can use what she’s talking about into your everyday life.

In this episode, they discuss the moment when attention became something she was interested in (4:40), what she was doing in the productivity world (7:50), where her desire to become an achiever came from (11:05), how religion played a role in her life (17:20), her curiosity about her biological father (19:30), how she transitioned out of the corporate world (25:05), if she was someone that always wanted to work for herself (29:20), where her confidence comes from (34:10), the systems she’s created (36:00), how to increase your ideas and creativity (39:40), how her writing has improved since she first began doing it (43:50), how she views new ideas (46:30), why speaking is her passion (49:15), what 4 am rehearsing looks like for her (50:10), her thoughts on people being so afraid of public speaking (55:30), her thoughts on integration and balance in work and life (1:02:10), her mission and how it came to be (1:09:00), why she cares about others feeling better after speaking with her (1:10:30)

Thank you to Neen for coming on the podcast. You can check out her website out at https://neenjames.com/ and we encourage you to check her out on twitter @neenjames.   

Lastly, if you liked this episode and/or any others, please support us at Patreon or follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers.

Thanks for listening.

-Brian

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