Author Archives: Toby

Mistakes, Facilitation and Coaching Olympic All Stars – Arjan Vos

Tweet Arjan Vos is a Dutch women’s water polo coach and was responsible for a diverse squad at Queensland Academy of Sport. Some members of the squad were just beginning their elite water polo journeys as teenagers. Two of them … Continue reading

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Questions for My Dying Father

Tweet               I’ll never forget when Dad called to tell me he had a brain tumour. That night, I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. A million things were running through my … Continue reading

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Tatiana Grigorieva – Transitions, Fear and Willingness

Tweet Tatiana Grigorieva is an Olympic silver medallist (in pole vault, Sydney 2000), mother, coach, entrepreneur and all round fascinating person. In this interview I did for the Queensland Academy of Sport Action TV series, we explore: the transitions that have … Continue reading

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“2 Chairs” decision making

Tweet The first time I used the 2 chairs game as a decision making technique was when I was invited to go to the Australian Institute of Sport on scholarship for a year straight after finishing high school. Frankly I … Continue reading

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Using Death as a Compass

Tweet “But time, is on your side, it’s on your side, now” Cold Play Sadly Coldplay were lying. It’s never on our side. When I think about flying, it’s essentially a tin can thousands of meters above the earth travelling … Continue reading

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The Art of Learning: Fractals, Water Polo and Marketing Templates

Tweet “We do not learn from experience, but from reflecting on the experience.” – John Dewey [This post started out as a book review and became a reflection on my own experiences of learning. The idea of fractal learning is … Continue reading

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Go Slow to Go Fast – a Business Lesson from Water Polo

Tweet When I was up to my eyeballs in water polo, a part of my training was weekly martial arts sessions with Andy Sutton. Back in early 2002 he introduced me to the principle: “Go slow to go fast.” This … Continue reading

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Introvert, Extrovert or both?

Tweet Have you ever lingered in the bathroom at a social event to take a few extra minutes to re-gather yourself? Have you ever found that working alone was much more productive? Or, on the flip side, that working alone … Continue reading

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The 5 Temptations (and remedies) of a CEO

Tweet A 1 minute summary of Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Temptations of a CEO: The 5 Temptations: You put your own career status ahead of getting results for the organisation. You want to be popular with your team instead of holding them … Continue reading

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20 Habits That Won’t Get You There

Tweet I’ve just finished Marshall Goldsmith‘s great book: “What got you here, won’t get you there – How successful people become even more successful“. What is the book about? My one sentence answer is: It is about removing your personal obstacles … Continue reading

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