Leading to Performance

I am in England this week. I am taking part in the ECB’s Leading to Performance Conference at the Football Association’s St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent.
There are six keynote addresses during the two days of the Conference.

  • A welcome address by Paul Downton.
  • Andy Flower on Leading and Learning.
  • Simon Weston on his story.
  • Peter Moores, Andy Flower and Kevin Shine on the Fellowship of Elite Coaches.
  • Gemma Morgan on The Sticky Stuff.
  • Stuart Lancaster.

There are six workshops on Day 1 of the Conference:

  • Leadership with Integrity (Harry Bartlett)
  • The Silent Killers of Coaching Careers (John Neal)
  • In Transition (me)
  • Perception and Change (Keir Worth)
  • Leading the Lions (Mark Robinson)
  • Action Types Applied (Gordon Lord and Mark Garaway)

There are seven workshops on Day 2:

  • Pace Update (Kevin Shine and Dave Alred)
  • The Neuroscience of Leadership (Tony Faulkner)
  • Assisting Reflection (Richard Halsall)
  • Supporting ‘winning habits’ (Changing Minds)
  • On the Bus (me)
  • Critical Determinants of Performance (Toni Minichello, Pete Lindsay and Paul Brice)
  • An Alternative View of Talent Selection and Development (Lew Hardy)

It is a very full program. I hope to post about the keynotes and workshops.
My trigger presentation for my workshop on Day 1 can be found here.


  1. So, how does a BR Standard 5 Tank loco, running round its train at Kingscote station, feature in the coaching journey?

    • I spent my formative years train spotting on the Chester to Holyhead line. I thought it gave me immense reserves of patience and developed my real time observation … rather like fishing did. I wondered if you had the same experience, Gordon.
      I do think that spotting trains, particularly at my holiday camp at Rhyl, approaching and passing at high speed is a great trigger for attention and rapid cognition.
      Oh and I loved the smell of the engines too. Powerful synesthesia experiences.
      Thanks for bringing these back and for finding the slide!

  2. My mum tells me that I could distinguish between steam and diesel trains from about the age of 3! My earliest ‘spotting’ memory is of standing beside Wembley Central station and watching the express trains to and from Euston. The smell is important because you knew that an express coming down out of Euston on the start of a long journey didn’t smell of much other than smoke. Those slowing down after a long journey from the north were a very different smell indeed. Hot oil. The crew were just maintaining the fire to provide just enough steam to keep the train rolling steadily the last few miles into Euston and then to get the engine back to Camden Sheds.
    Observation was everything and to record accurately the numbers seen and then mark them off in one’s ABC!

    • What wonderful memories, Gordon. I imagine some of those expresses would have made their way into my book too. The Holyhead, Chester and Crewe line arrived at Euston so has always been my point of entry via Wembley Central.
      Hope you are enjoying your early start to the day.
      Best wishes


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