Steve Heaney MC joins members of the Association of Sporting Directors to discuss leadership

Ex Special Forces and leadership coach Steve Heaney MC joins members of the Association of Sporting Directors to talk about his unique military experiences focusing on crisis management and leading elite teams. The following areas were covered within the conversation: Operating in a crisis  Planning and preparing for crisis Leading elite teams  Recruiting and developing the future leader The conversation began with Steve sharing highlights … Continue reading Steve Heaney MC joins members of the Association of Sporting Directors to discuss leadership

Marc Sagal from the Winning Mind joins ASD members in a conversation with Haydn Roberts

Elite performance coach Marc Sagal spoke about how and why Sporting Directors need to grow their own identity in order to achieve success  Marc is Managing Partner for Winning Mind, a consultancy that focusses on performance coaching for elite athletes and leaders, helping them achieve meaningful success under even the most extreme pressures. Winning Mind’s clients range from professional teams (EPL, MLB, NFL and NBA) … Continue reading Marc Sagal from the Winning Mind joins ASD members in a conversation with Haydn Roberts

Sporting Director Damien Comolli joins Association of Sporting Director members to discuss leadership and its importance for leading high performance environments

Sporting Director Damien Comolli joins Association of Sporting Director members to discuss leadership and its importance for leading high performance environments. Damien, who was until recently Sporting Director of Fenerbahçe, has previously worked with the clubs Monaco, Saint-Étienne, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. The conversation with ASD CEO Dan Parnell covered the following topics: Manager / head coach recruitment Leadership across cultures Implementing a high … Continue reading Sporting Director Damien Comolli joins Association of Sporting Director members to discuss leadership and its importance for leading high performance environments

Leeds United F.C. Director of Football, Victor Orta, in conversation with Steve Walsh, Charlotte MLS and members of the Association of Sporting Directors about his journey and current role. 

Leeds United F.C. Director of Football, Victor Orta, in conversation with Steve Walsh, Charlotte MLS and members of the Association of Sporting Directors about his journey and current role. The conversation was different from the usual public conversation we are seeing promoted widely – it was both personal and humble. The key areas were covered: The responsibilities of football leaders Adapting to English football Pressure, … Continue reading Leeds United F.C. Director of Football, Victor Orta, in conversation with Steve Walsh, Charlotte MLS and members of the Association of Sporting Directors about his journey and current role. 

Director of Positive Mental Health Scotland, Mark Fleming, shares his expertise to ASD members regarding mental health and well-being during COVID-19

Director of Positive Mental Health Scotland and Scottish Director of Sports Chaplaincy UK, Mark Fleming, shares his expertise to ASD members regarding mental health and well-being during COVID-19 Mark Fleming was joined in conversation by Stuart Swift and members of the ASD. The conversation highlighted the following key discussion points: The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and personal well-being Identifying signs and strategies to … Continue reading Director of Positive Mental Health Scotland, Mark Fleming, shares his expertise to ASD members regarding mental health and well-being during COVID-19

The Technical Director of F.C. Copenhagen shares his experiences during the crisis

The Technical Director of F.C. Copenhagen shares his experiences on the key moments since the sports enforced shutdown in Denmark. Johan Lange was joined by Mike Rigg of Burnley FC and members of the ASD from Europe, Australia, the US and the UK. The conversation concerned three four key moments: Lockdown in Istanbul Transitions in training Negotiating new player wage terms Returning to football On … Continue reading The Technical Director of F.C. Copenhagen shares his experiences during the crisis

Football leadership through the crisis: Paul McGee

Paul McGee gave a presentation to members of the Association of Sporting Directors based on a recent article he wrote titled ‘How to Cope in a Crisis or What to do When the Unexpected happens’. The focus of the talk was on how we can help ourselves and others cope from a psychological perspective to deal with the current crisis. There were four key points. … Continue reading Football leadership through the crisis: Paul McGee

Football leadership through the crisis: Professor Barry Drust

The University of Birmingham Industrial Professorial Fellow Professor Barry Drust joined ASD members to discuss strategies for reflection, leadership and performance management during the coronavirus lockdown. Barry has published widely, in excess of 130 articles and consulted with, researched with and supported many clubs since the completion of his PhD and joining Middlesbrough Football Club in 1997. He is also committed to developing people in … Continue reading Football leadership through the crisis: Professor Barry Drust

Creating and Keeping a Culture: Lighting Up the ‘Dark Side’

By Dr Andrew Cruickshank As with any new-ish profession, it seems fair to say that football is still findings its feet when it comes to Sporting Directors.  There have, of course, been lots of early successes – successes which have shown the clear value of the role.  On the flip side, there have also been many cases of ‘oh **** – let’s try that again!’ As … Continue reading Creating and Keeping a Culture: Lighting Up the ‘Dark Side’

What happens when two sports legends get together?

By Alistair Milner Last week I was in the company of an audience of elite football leaders and two sporting greats who were sharing inspiring insights about their careers. From my professional perspective, in the world of high performance talent, it was fascinating to hear how different sports can learn from each other and how defeat and under-performance can spur sportsmen and women on to “strip … Continue reading What happens when two sports legends get together?