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Sustaining Success and Engineering Optimal Development with Dr. Fergus Connolly

More Train, Less Pain; Engineering the Adaptable Athlete

Michelle and Tim are joined by THE Fergus Connolly, expert in all things team performance, consultant to professional sports organizations and tech companies alike, and author of 59 Lessons, The Happiness Handbook, and Game Changer. They discuss Fergus’s personal exercise habits, the importance of choosing the RIGHT key performance indicators, the pitfalls of being overly “objective” with sport metric tracking, sustaining success in sport and life, and the value of “safe-to-fail” learning environments. If you’re a movement professional looking to better understand WHICH data matters, this is the episode for you. If you’re a member of an organization looking to inspire cultural change for the better, this is the episode for you. If you’re simply a human looking to interact better with your fellow humans, THIS IS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.  This is also the episode for you if you enjoy Irish accents (who doesn’t?). Subscribe, download, listen, and learn!

1hr 7mins

3 May 2021

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Ep. 95 - Dr. Fergus Connolly - The Happiness Handbook

Smart Athlete Podcast

Today, I sit down with one of the top performing coaches who has worked with the San Francisco 49ers, is the a author of 3 books including today's subject The Happiness Handbook for High Achievers, and has a PhD in Computer-based optimization, Dr. Fergus Connolly.I start our conversation by asking him what he does when taking a time-off, in which I discover his "secret" hobby, and he shares why it's also ideal to do other things aside from what you currently good at doing (or your career)We discuss the influence of social circles and how they affect your life's trajectory. Given how important it is: I ask Fergus if he knows a good way to change your social circle and when it's necessary. Fergus also tells me about how to deal with negative thoughts - even though we can't always control them there is definitely a way to deal with them. Hit the play button to hear from Fergus on how to be not just an achiever, but a happy one at that.


14 Apr 2021

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PREP Talks Episode 012 - Fergus Connolly: Lessons in Lifelong Learning

Hansen PREP Talks

In Episode 012, I had the pleasure of meeting up once again with Fergus Connolly to discuss his thoughts on education and learning in the field of sport performance and, quite honestly, any field in modern times. We discuss the traits of great leaders and mentors, and the importance of communication and critical thinking. But having good teachers is not enough. A reduction in opportunities for social interaction in educational settings has also been a problem for young people in the last few years, with students having less one-on-one opportunities with teachers and mentors. When teachers have an opportunity to spend quality time with students and apprentices, more than just information will be passed on and consumed. Within organizations, there is also a need to improve social interactions amongst practitioners to enhance their overall synergy as a performance and medical team. Sometimes these organizations need a professional consultant external to their team to come in and facilitate better communication and improved efficiency internally, taking advantage of the expertise already present within an organization. And, finally, organizing your own teaching materials into a presentation or a course forces you to really rethink your approach and examine your philosophy in a critical manner. In a way, it is an internal knowledge audit that all of us should do on a regular basis.Dr. Fergus Connolly is one of the world's leading experts in team sport and human performance. His highly acclaimed book Game Changer is the first blueprint for coaches to present a holistic philosophy for winning in all team sports. Fergus is the only coach to have worked full time in every major league around the world. He helps teams win at the highest level with the integrated application of best practices in all areas of performance. Fergus has served as Director of Elite Performance for the San Francisco 49ers, Sports Science Director with the Welsh Rugby Union, and Performance Director for University of Michigan Football. He has guided coaches, support staff and players in the NBA, Australian Rules Football and international cricket. Fergus has also trained world boxing champions and advises elite military units and companies across the globe.You can find out more information on Fergus Connolly via the following links:Website:https://fergusconnolly.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fergus_ConnollyFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/fergus.connolly.50Hansen PREP Talks podcast is currently available at the following locations for downloadable audio, including: Spreaker.com – https://www.spreaker.com/show/hansen-prep-talksApple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hansen-prep-talks/id1546480493?uo=4Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4O8UUEFBL8gZhRADzQLdELGoogle Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuc3ByZWFrZXIuY29tL3Nob3cvNDcyMDcxNC9lcGlzb2Rlcy9mZWVkYou can reach and follow Derek M. Hansen at the following locations: http://www.SprintCoach.comhttp://www.RunningMechanics.comInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/derekmhansen/Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/derekmhansen/YouTube - http://youtube.com/derekmhansen


8 Apr 2021

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Breaking The Line: Episode 14 (Feat. Fergus Connolly)

Elite Clubs National League

The ECNL Podcast features special guest Fergus Connolly, a performance coach and an expert in elite team performance, working with Liverpool FC, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, the Navy Seals and more. ECNL Podcast host, Dean Linke, along with ECNL President Christian Lavers, chat with Fergus about what makes an athlete elite, Fergus' experiences and bringing in different elements from the different organizations, leaning on others and more.


17 Mar 2021

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#30 - Fergus Connolly High Performance Coach

Prepare Like A Pro

Fergus Connolly discusses his journey into the field of performance coach, starting as a strength & conditioning and sport science consultant. Topics discussed in this episode:- Importance of working hard and putting yourself in high performance programs early in your career- The power that empathy can have as a coach and its importance for connecting with athletes- Tips and tricks to optimise your presenting skills and engaging with your audience - Details around Fergus' new upcoming coaching courseDefinitely check this chat out we dive into some topics any footy fan, footballer or staff member needs to hear. Website Link from guest: https://fergusconnolly.com/Connect with FergusInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/fergus.connolly/𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐀 𝐏𝐫𝐨We're committed to empowering Australian rules footballers and developing strength and conditioning coaches to best practice physical preparation methods. Follow Prepare Like a Pro podcast iTunes: https://bit.ly/Plppodcast Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3zrwJEaSubscribe to our YouTube channel to watch these live chats, our next guest is:Simone Austin And if you want to get more involved with our community and make a guest appearance on a future episode join our Academy on Patreon. PLP academy: https://bit.ly/2TL2Grb Thanks for tuning in and be sure to contact us for any inquiries or to discuss advertising your brand on the prepare like a pro platform


28 Feb 2021

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144 Game Changer with Fergus Connolly

Focus on WHY

Focusing on the importance of failure, performance, authenticity, leadership, resilience, preparation and control, Dr. Fergus Connolly is on a mission to make better humans. He challenges some of the world’s most elite performers by asking them three philosophical questions. What do you do? Who are you? Why are you here? Do you know how you would answer these three fundamental life questions? KEY TAKEAWAY "If you want a society to exist and continue to thrive, you have to consider your role and impact on everybody around you and how you can do that." ABOUT FERGUS Dr. Fergus Connolly is a performance coach who has worked with some of the world's most elite performers in professional sport, business and special forces all around the world including Verizon, the San Francisco 49ers, University of Michigan, Liverpool FC and multiple Special Forces units. CONNECT WITH FERGUS www.fergusconnolly.com https://linktr.ee/fergus.connolly ABOUT THE HOST - AMY ROWLINSON Amy is a Life Purpose Coach, iTunes #1 Podcaster, Speaker, Mastermind Host and Property Investor. Through coaching and workshops, Amy works with businesses to Focus on WHY to create people-centred environments, by improving productivity and employee engagement by focusing on fulfilment, values and purpose. Amy inspires and empowers entrepreneurial clients to discover the life they dream of by assisting them to make it their reality through their own action taking. Helping them to focus on their WHY with clarity uniting their passion and purpose with a plan to create the life they truly desire. If you would like Amy to help you on your podcast hosting or to focus on your WHY then please book a free 20 min call via www.calendly.com/amyrowlinson/enquirycall Please sign up for the weekly Friday Focus newsletter at https://www.amyrowlinson.com/subscribe-to-weekly-newsletter CONNECT WITH AMY Clubhouse @amyrowlinson https://www.instagram.com/focusonwhy/ https://www.instagram.com/amy.rowlinson/ https://www.facebook.com/RowlinsonAmy/ https://www.facebook.com/focusonwhy/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/focusonwhy/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyrowlinson/ HOSTED BY: Amy Rowlinson DISCLAIMER The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. Please conduct your own due diligence.


9 Feb 2021

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007: Fergus Connolly - Teamwork, Leadership, and Finding Your Sheepdogs Through Authenticity

Realizations w/ Dallen Reber

Linkshttps://fergusconnolly.com/About FergusFergus is one of the most brilliant minds I've had the opportunity of speaking with. He is a Sports Scientist & High-Performance Coach and has worked with world class athletes across the world in a variety of sports. Now he enjoys providing these strategies and tactics to elite executives in the corporate space.Fergus has delivered a TED Talk & is a published author of 3 books, one of which, "The Happiness Handbook".What You'll Learn✅ Fergus's Diverse Educational Background✅ Importance of Variety & "Freshness"✅ Fergus's Experience with Burnout & Working 16 hours/day✅ How to Lead Different Personalities✅ Establishing "Signals"✅ Cultivating Humility as a Leader✅ 3 Levels of Leadership✅ Finding Happiness in Your Profession✅ How a DUI Turned into an Important Realization & Transformed His Career Path✅ Fergus's TED Talk✅ Finding Authenticity✅ Discovering Your SheepdogsThis diverse episode covers how to become a leader and overcoming difficult times.Enjoy!


1 Feb 2021

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#125 Fergus Connolly and Cody Royle - Royle and Connolly on High Performance Coaching

The Sport Psych Show

I’m delighted to welcome back on the show Author and Performance Expert, Fergus Connolly and Head Coach of Canada’s AFL (Australian Football League) programme Cody Royle. Fergus and Cody recorded a series of webinars over the summer of 2020 which spurred some brilliant conversation about coaching and performance. And so, I wanted to get them both on to talk about some of the key take-aways they had from the show. We also speak about their new books – Fergus’ book, The Happiness Handbook for High Achievers: Stoics, Circles & Sheepdogs, takes readers on a journey in search of the answers to our most pressing questions about happiness and contentment. And Cody’s latest book which is due for release 1st February is The Tough Stuff – a book that focuses entirely on the human experience of head coaching - the emotional toll, the identity issues, the loneliness.

1hr 39mins

18 Jan 2021

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A conversation with Fergus Connolly

The JustKickinItPodcast

This was a past conversation, one of two, that Josh and I had with Fergus Connolly. We chatted with Fergus prior to the release of his book Game Changer and then again after the book was published.  In this conversation, Josh and I discuss topics from within the book. We discuss complex systems. Why is it important that coaches understand the theory of complex systems? How do create order within the system? The topic of game-model is discussed and why it is not just the on-field elements. Enjoy this purification of sports science. 


4 Jan 2021

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#36 Dr. Fergus Connolly - Human Performance & Psychology

The Sean McGuinness Podcast

Today we sit down with Dr. Fergus Connolly - who is one of the leading figures in the human optimization and human performance field. He is the only coach to have full-time roles in every major professional sport around the world as well as spreading his knowledge to other fields having worked with the military and multiple businesses. In today's episode, we look at the trait similarities between successful sporting and corporate athletes. We look at the importance of effective communication and mistakes commonly made. We look at the importance of controlling stress, how to reframe the way we think of failure, and much much more! See you on the other side.


24 Nov 2020