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My guest today, Dr. Brent Hogarth is a sport and clinical psychologist whose journey toward excellence began in 2010 when he traveled to India to live and learn in a Buddhist Monastery. In Brent’s own words, “I learned how to live in the present moment for the first time in my life.” Since his experience in India, he has seen how this one ability -…
 
Alan Dunstan and Lewis Keens join me on the show for a discussion about the role that fear plays in our lives in regards to our growth and learning. As Alan and Lewis co-host their own podcast called Infinite Leaders, we decided that we would release our conversation on both of our podcasts. Both Lewis and Alan have leadership roles in education an…
 
In today’s episode, I have my friend and mentor, Jim Roussin, on the podcast to chat about his book Transforming Teamwork: Cultivating Collaborative Cultures. Jim co-authored this book with Diane P. Zimmerman and Robert J. Garmston. A fantastic read that draws on research and practical experience. In the book, Jim and his co-authors identify and un…
 
On today’s show, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the inspiring Kailee Scales, the CEO of Pencils of Promise. Every organization that strives to do great things in the world, needs a strongly empathetic, compassionate and caring leader who is deeply committed to creating lasting change. Kailee Scales has embodied these attributes from e…
 
Neila Steele and I have revived our 4 X Mindfulness podcast series. A podcast series devoted to sharing our learning around mindfulness and well-being. Although we've recorded almost 20 of these episodes previously, it's been a few years since we released our last one. This podcast series is a passion project of ours and we hope to start releasing …
 
In today’s episode, Joe McDonough and I have a deep and moving conversation about his son Andrew, who at 14 years old lost his battle with cancer in 2007. Since that time Joe has devoted his life to keeping Andrew’s spirit alive through their B+ foundation. In Joe’s own words: The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew, a 14-yea…
 
On the show today, New York Times bestselling author and longtime Esquire writer, Cal Fussman. He is also the host of the Big Questions podcast I first came across Cal’s work more than 6 years ago when I heard him interviewed by well known podcaster Tim Ferriss. I was immediately drawn to Cal’s amazing ability to tell stories. As you will see in ou…
 
My guest today, Charles Feltman, has spent the last 3 decades deeply devoted to unpacking the concept of trust and through his work, he tries to help people understand that trusting others is not a switch that we simply turn off forever when trust has been broken. He firmly believes that 'trust' is an essential aspect of strong, authentic and produ…
 
This week’s conversation is with Todd Herman, best-selling author, performance coach, and world-renowned speaker. Todd is best known for the work he does coaching top-level people in sport, business, and entertainment. He believes deeply in being a practitioner, so he can create programs, systems, and tools for others, that are proven, practical an…
 
In this episode, Brittany joins me to discuss her book Next Chance You: Tools, Tips, and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life. As well, we speak about her role in the popular Netflix series Last Chance U and the work she did helping more than 200 student-athletes academically quality for nationally respected NCAA division 1 schools. In today…
 
This episode is devoted to exploring how self-imposed limitations can hold us back from performing at our very best. The science is clear on the impact that a negative mindset, fear, doubt and uncertainty can have on human potential. The story of the broken piano is a beautiful metaphor for breaking through self-imposed limitations in order to achi…
 
In this episode, I discuss what cognitive reframing means and how it can be applied in our own lives. As well, I share several other strategies and resources to help support and strengthen mental health and well-being. I take a deep dive into Dr. Martin Seligman's work related to positive psychology, Dr. Jim Loehr's research into the power of story…
 
My guest, Dagur Sigurðsson, and I have known each other for almost 20 years. It was great to reunite with Dagur and bring him on my show to talk about his amazing journey in professional sport and playing/coaching the game at the Olympic level. Dagur represented his country of Iceland in the Summer Olympics held in Greece in 2004 and over the years…
 
My guest today, Rudy Ruettiger, exemplifies what it means to have the deep resilience and persistence needed to make a dream come true. For those who are not familiar with Rudy Ruettiger, his life story was made into a major motion Hollywood sports film in 1993 and to this day, nearly 30 years later, still stands as one of the most inspiring sports…
 
My guest today epitomizes what it means to follow a dream and to completely transform oneself into an olympic champion. Andrea Proske joins me for a discussion about her amazing life journey. At 27 years old, Andrea had very limited experience with team sport and although an active person by nature, she had never pursued excellence in her life thro…
 
On the show today, Dr. Gervais, joins us to take a deep dive into who he is and the work he does. We will explore the themes of personal excellence, vulnerability, self-awareness and pursuing mastery of things that matter most. Dr. Gervais feels fortunate to have worked with some of the most talented people across the globe helping to unpack the gu…
 
When Tania Lattanzio reflects back on early days in her life, she has great appreciation for growing up in a bi-cultural family as it helped her develop a deep curiosity of culture and travel from a young age. This love of travel would help open the doors of possibility for Tania and provide her with many wonderful experiences that allowed her to s…
 
In this episode, Jacqui Weatherly, also known as the Tai Chi Lady, shares what early days were like for her growing up in a small rural community outside of Adelaide, Australia. Her father, a former physical education and dance teacher was a mentor to Jacqui and exposed her to multiple different forms of outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hi…
 
It was a pleasure to have Jim Knight back on my podcast for a second time. I wanted to have Jim back on my show to take a dive into his Radical Learners online course called the First 90 Days of Instructional Coaching. Today’s conversation is pretty much focused on ideas and insight related to this course which you can find at courses.radicallearne…
 
Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 17 books including his most recent book… Leading with Character- Ten minutes a day to a brilliant legacy In the opening of his latest book, Leading with Character, Dr. Jim Loehr describes a pivotal moment in his life that happene…
 
In this conversation, Dr. Yong Zhao and I unpacked many different layers of his life and his work. However, we devote much of this episode discussing his latest book Learners Without Boarders-New Learning Pathways For All Students which was published in July 2021. Dr. Zhao has written more than 20 books and has spoken and presented in many countrie…
 
In his early days, Dan Chambliss was inquisitive, well-read, and curious about the world around him. Growing up in a home that valued reading and learning, Dan was able to create strong connections across multiple disciplines that helped to broaden his view of the world and to gain deeper understanding of the nature of the human spirit. Dan had ver…
 
This podcast is actually a re-release of an episode that I recorded with renowned golf coach Shawn Clement on his Golf's Perfect Imperfections WRX Radio podcast in July. In this episode, Shawn (Director of Golf at Wisdom in Golf) and I sit down to have a conversation about coaching, goal-setting, vision and purpose, not only in regards to the game …
 
Today’s conversation is with Pino Di Ioia, the CEO/Owner of BeaverTails, a one of a kind, very well-known, Canadian pastry chain. The chain started in 1978, but has spread widely throughout Canada and also has locations in 6 other countries around the world including France, Mexico, and Japan. With over 170 franchises and more opening each month, B…
 
As a young boy, Simon Whitfield loved playing team sport. In particular, soccer and ice hockey, and through these pursuits, he was able to develop important skills that would go on to serve him well in the future. However, it was the sport of running that really captured his interest, inspiring him to think about what was possible in his life. He h…
 
Alan Tait first picked up a club at 5 years old. His love for the game was evident from this very early age and it was always his dream to pursue a career in golf. By the time he was 17 he was playing off plus 2 and in 1986 he won The Scottish Boys Championship, before going on to win The Doug Sanders European and World Junior Championships in the …
 
From an early age, Oshiomogho Atogwe focused on the micro-steps needed to continually grow and learn and constantly refine and improve his skills as a football player. And as Atomic Habit’s author James Clear says, it’s the ‘aggregation of marginal gains over time’ that leads to long term lasting success. Little did Oshiomogho know it at the time, …
 
My guest today, Ann-Renee Desbiens, exemplifies what it means to show grit and to have a never give up attitude. As the youngest of 5 kids, she learned a lot from her older siblings and it was through her exploration of sport that she ultimately found a love of ice hockey. Although she had opportunity to play a variety of positions, she would settl…
 
In 2013, Dr. Steven Katz and Dr. Lisa Dack published their book Intentional Interruption based on highly intensive field work that they had done attaching themselves to a number of schools to work closely with educational leaders and teachers in different districts in order to create long term positive impact on teaching and learning, as well as or…
 
When reflecting back on early days in his life, Guy Claxton considered himself to be an unadventurous, unexceptional learner in school. Although well-liked by his teachers and well-behaved, Guy felt as though he was a middle of the road type of student. During this time his parents moved from London to a very rural area in the west midlands of Engl…
 
In this episode, Trevor and I take a look back at early days in his life, the type of learner he was and what it was he most needed from his teachers to thrive in his own unique ways. We unpack his journey through school and pathway into education as a career. Trevor firmly believes all students can flourish given the right conditions, provided aut…
 
When Dr. Katie Novak was a student early in life, she did what was required by her teachers, handing in her work on time and following rules and expectations set by the school, but she never genuinely developed a deep love of learning. She didn’t feel that she really had what it took to be a great student, but all that changed when a teacher that s…
 
As a child, Anthony Calvillo absorbed himself in sport. Whether it be baseball, basketball, track and field or football, sport provided Anthony with an escape from a troubling home environment that was plagued by domestic violence and alcoholism. He grew up in a tough neighborhood about 20-minutes from central Los Angeles and knew that choosing spo…
 
What is meaningful PE and what conditions need to be present for students to find joy and meaning in their PE experiences? Jorge Rodriguez and I sit down this week to make deeper sense of the meaningful PE framework and explore what it is we are wondering about and the major considerations that we need to think about in order to plant the seeds for…
 
In the episode, Professor Kirk shares his deep insight related to critical pedagogies of affect and also gives us a glimpse into two of his latest books, the first one Precarity, Critical Pedagogy and Physical Education and Models-based Practice in Physical Education that was co-authored with Dr. Ash Casey. We begin this discussion talking about ea…
 
In this episode, three-time best-selling author and professional learning facilitator, Dr. Jenni Donahoo, joins me to discuss the work she does related to helping to develop collective efficacy in schools and capacity building for school improvement by strengthening the link between theory and practice. If you are a leader in education, Jenni share…
 
In today’s episode, well-known consultants, Anne Van Dam and Kath Murdoch, talk about The Changing Face of Professional Development, especially during the time of COVID, We discuss how the pandemic has changed the way we approach professional development, but also what hasn’t changed. As schools around the world try to navigate the tricky waters of…
 
As an elite amateur golfer and tour professional, Sam Jarman enjoyed nothing more that practicing the game he loved and striving for mastery of his craft. His lifetime pursuit of excellence in golf was a journey of ups and downs that forced him to take a hard look at what it was he was missing from his tool kit that ultimately held him back from pl…
 
In this episode, Jim speaks about important mentors and the support that they gave him in helping him to find his true calling in life. In particular it was Dr. Bob Boucher, the former Dean of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, who really believed in Jim and helped to navigate and guide him on his trajectory into academic leadership. Alth…
 
While growing up in the projects of Portsmouth, Ohio, Chuck Ealey realized very early in life that sport was the only vehicle that would help him rise above poverty and be THE driving force that would lead him to getting an education. His mother Earlene was an influential figure in his life and although she only had an eighth grade education hersel…
 
In today's episode, British sailor, Tracy Edwards, and I sit down to discuss her extraordinary journey and the life lessons she has learned through her passion for sailing and making a difference in the world. Tracy was the first woman to win the Yachtsman of the Year Award in the United Kingdom and assembled the first all-female crew to compete in…
 
In today's show, Dr. Jim Knight and I have a discussion about his journey in life and the key experiences that helped to shape the work he has done developing the Instructional Coaching framework. Jim and his team have deeply committed themselves to working with partners around the globe to improve the education of all students. In this episode, Ji…
 
In today’s episode, I bring Morris Ervin Jr back on my show for a second time. In our first episode together, Morris shared his inspiring story —a journey of self-discovery, passion, and overcoming many obstacles in his life to be able to do the amazing work he now does. Morris is a talented speaker, mentor, healer, and deeply committed educator. I…
 
Today’s episode is a special one as I had the opportunity to reconnect with an old teammate and friend from university. My guest, Warren Christie and I played football together at the University of Windsor in Canada many years ago. Warren has a very unique story and is a great example of somebody willing to leap into the unknown to pursue a dream. …
 
In this episode, Jorge Rodriguez, Aaron Beighle, Greg Dryer and myself dive deeply into a discussion about the role of feedback on professional growth and learning in the field of physical education. Using the Harvard Business Review article The Feedback Fallacy as a starting point for our discussion, we all share what resonated the most with us in…
 
In today’s episode, my good friend and colleague, Jorge Rodriguez, and I sit down to have a conversation about the role of feedback in regards to professional growth and how feedback can be used in a positive way to consistently reflect on our teacher practice in order to continually grow and learn. Not only do we share our own curiosities and wond…
 
In this episode, Dr. Stephen Rollnick and I have a discussion about Motivational Interviewing which is a counseling approach he co-developed with Dr. William R. Miller. Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Our conversation digs…
 
In this episode, I feel very lucky to have had an in-depth discussion with Dr. Tony Chan, the current president of KAUST. Tony has had great achievements in leadership and academics, but remains a genuinely down-to-earth person who is very curious about the world and its people. In our discussion, we dive deeply into early days in Tony’s academic l…
 
In this episode, Dr. Justen O'Connor and I dive deeply into a discussion about autonomy, differentiation, assessment and curriculum and some key ideas that teachers might consider when planning for the most meaningful learning experiences possible in physical education. Justen's research work utilises systems thinking, social ecology and strengths-…
 
In this episode, Greg Dryer and I have an in-depth discussion about relevance, autonomy, meaning and purpose in physical education. Greg is the Director of the Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity at Kingston University in the UK and has devoted himself to better understanding the role of physical activity and sport in young people's l…
 
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