Develop yourself

"Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did"

Mark Twain


Leadership and Team Development Coaching

Some of our earliest influences profoundly shape the way we see the world for the better (and for the worst). Often it’s the people we come into contact with: leaders, pioneers, teachers that help us to truly understand our potential. Coaching is a vital part of leadership development; helping us see the potential in both ourselves and the people around us is hugely liberating and empowering. 

“If I’m a success today it is because I had people who believed in me and I didn’t want to let them down”

Jonny Wilkinson

For Business Leaders

Leadership remains the single most important factor in driving business performance and learning through experience provides the greatest inspiration and proves to be of most value to today’s leaders.  Business leaders in today’s world face:

  • Being able to cope in an uncertain and turbulent world
  • A rapidly changing environment
  • Having to take risks to stay in front
  • Learning the need to share power and help others to develop
  • The importance of creating an environment where people want to be

Conrad has developed a half day workshop aimed at business leaders and senior managers that will provide a useful toolkit to help you and your business create a culture for success.

For Sports Teams

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you do’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.” Vince Lombardi. Conrad together with leading sports psychologist Jon Rhodes can help you prepare to win.

  • Building winning teams
  • World class basics
  • Mindset and Mental toughness
  • Reward and Risk
  • Outcome thinking

Conrad has spent his entire professional career in sport. Having represented Britain at two world championships, he went on become the youngest winner of the BT Global Challenge and the fifth British yachtsman to complete the Vendée Globe. Conrad knows what it takes to build a winning team and how to sustain a winning performance.

Graduate Leaders

One of the biggest challenges for today’s Graduates is gaining leadership experiences. How can you develop resilience and bounce when many of our institutions protect us from making mistakes. Graduates development is vital if you want to recruit and retain the best people for your organisation.

  • Develop mindset and self confidence
  • Improve decision making
  • Focus and develop your strengths
  • Mentors and role models
  • Dreams and the importance of creativity

What were the defining moments in your early life that shaped your beliefs? Who inspired you to get back up when you fell down. Why are those early influencers so vital to developing yourself. I’ll never forget the mentors and role models that gave me space to dream. 

My top 10 lessons from winning the BT Global Challenge

1.Early sense of direction – 1st 72 hours

On every leg of the race we focused on winning the start and getting our nose out in front within the first 72 hours. If you can give your team an early advantage and establish the pecking order. Competitors tend to follow.

2. Optimise your environment – Strategy, Team, Yacht, Competitors

Focus on doing the basics well and weight the key factors for success. On Team LG, we sailed the shortest distance, instilled a culture of continuous improvement, looked after the boat, looked after each other and let our competitors worry about why we were fast.

3. Make winning a habit

Winning is infectious and breeds self belief, as acclaimed NFL Coach, Vince Lombardi said “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

4. Knowledge share

Every four hour watch there was a handover and this was a moment when there was a measurable lack of focus as team members adjusted to their new surroundings. We minimised any losses by ensuring that every key crew member took time to share knowledge with their counterpart.

5. Continuous improvement

The Challenge 72 was a brand new one-design yacht, so we had to develop a learning culture onboard to ensure we optimised the yacht’s performance. Every 15 minutes we manually datalogged the boat’s performance and timed every sail change so we had a benchmark to improve upon each day.

6. Know and play to your strengths

Do you have the opportunity of doing what you’re best at every day? One of my coaches, a senior executive of British Telecom who was a crew volunteer onboard Team LG said in one of our team meetings, “We need to ensure that Conrad plays to his strengths and stays focused on strategy and helping us sail fast.”

7. Have influence without authority

This links to my next point about shared leadership and also the art of followship. Create a shared leadership environment and then back your team to take tough decisions. They will reward you by stepping up at critical moments, allowing you the space to plan your next move.

8. Share leadership

Build a leadership team around you and empower them to take decisions. Don’t succumb to the need to rubber stamp every decision which demotivates and undermines your team, see also point number 7.

9. Counter pressure with pressure

My worst moment in the BT Global Challenge was when our closest competitor Compaq beat us into La Rochelle and closed within 5 points for the overall win. We came out on the next leg and match-raced them off the course. We absorbed the pressure and then counter attacked to win the leg and the overall Princess Royal Trophy.

10. Celebrate success

Reward successes as they arise rather than waiting for big year end or quarterly reviews. Create and celebrate mini-victories “First give people a battle they can win and they will go on winning tougher and tougher battles for you” Viscount Slim. Remember success breeds success and winning is infectious.