"The possibility for a player, team or sports organisation to grow, develop and perform to their full potential is never be greater than the quality
of its leadership."
Add Think about it
How you approach leadership, understanding complexity, problem-solving, understanding complexity, and design solutions (or not!) is first thought and then action.
Your grey matter, therefore, becomes a vital tool to continually
refine to produce high-quality thinking and actions.
Thinking newsletter fills your grey matter to do just that. What makes this newsletter different from others? Quite simply you get to learn the fundamental principals of high-quality thinking.
It's a resource. You will be introduced to a vast reservoir of practice-based thinking that integrates the best of three worlds - first principle science and academic rigour and real-world commercial application.
Four Industrial Revolution (4IR) thinking. Pseudoscience, textbook MBA models and armchair philosophy have diminishing returns in 4IR. We guide you by focusing on frameworks, models and skill set necessary for effective next-generation leadership (based on extensive research (World Economic Forum - 'Future of Work 2019', University College London/Freeformers, - The Future Workforce Model and Isos Mori Generations Social Research Institute).
Focused intention. We raise your awareness about approaches to understand complexity, solving difficult problems, and designing/ implementing solutions. When you're confused think of this as your 'Prof.' who's giving you ‘bottom line' clarity.
Respect for context. Our readers are from every corner of the globe - China, Europe, Middle East, UK, South Africa, USA, Russia, etc., In addition from across all sectors - finance, automotive, sport, FINTECH, tourism, government, health care, etc. Each has a particular socio-cultural 'DNA'. All these variable might seem confusing, but our essential starting point is you - the human being and culture (I.e. ethnography).
Functional. Practice-based, versatile and applicable. Simply add context, shake and apply.
Solutions Designed to Prepare|Shift Leaders in Sports 4.0
Tailored Leadership Digital Media Packages
Occasionally we share exclusive leadership content produced for clients in a specific sport. We help make complex problems clear, which can include; sports leadership, strategy, management, performance, behaviour, change and socio-cultural elements.
Sports Leadership Project 4.0 (SLP 4.0)
Designed for leaders in sports who take growth personally
Do you understand what is on the horizon in the sports industry and your sport?
The demands changes will place on your leadership capacity and capability in your role?
The sports business is shifting from pre-digital age '3.0' skills to digital age '4.0’ skills. In the next decade, your leadership effectiveness
in all sectors - including sports - will be measured by the ‘Future of Work’ and '21st Century Leaders Report' skillsets
(highlighted by The World Economic Forum and CMI)
The Sports Leadership Project 4.0 is designed for experienced professionals who have game and sector knowledge,
and are hungry for practice-based Continued Professional Development (CPD).
Our mission is to help them leverage experience and build stronger leadership ‘DNA’ as a life-long process.
SLP 4.0 helps you prepare/shift mindset for the ‘digital age’ of sports and business. We do this by design transformational learning experiences tailored to your role, organisation and sector.
Leadership capacity building and capability improvement solutions include;
Who should apply;
John is both a Professor in Practice Leadership/Management and Managing Partner at Grey Matter Global Ltd., a leadership strategy consultancy. He helps prepare/shift sports business and leaders from pre-digital age skills' 3.0' to digital age skills' 4.0'.
He is an expert integrating unified science and academic/theory with real-world application to solve difficult problems and achieve results. John has extensive experience in diverse global business/sport, economic, linguistic and sociocultural contexts.
He has published business and sport leadership articles internationally, which include; Chartered Management Institute Insights, Global Professional Tennis Coaching Association (GPTCA), International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching (IJSCC) English Rugby Football Union Technical Coaching Journal (RFU), and the Journal of London Football Coaches' Association (LFCA).
John was a (USA) state-ranked athlete in three sports. Like most athletes in the USA, he was introduced to physical and mental performance approaches in early development. He learned/ developed methods like mental focus, mental toughness and the 'Inner Game'. He later co-delivered a project with Myles Downey to establish the 'Inner Game of Coaching' in the world of professional sports coaching (football, rugby and tennis).