• The State of Play (Premium)

    Premium educational digital media for Sports Leadership 4.0

    Premium is a transformational learning experience designed for leaders in any sports role, game or organisation.

    The format is exclusively for individual one to one or small teams and ideal for the self-motivated who have game knowledge and are hungry for practice based leadership to improve.

    Learn and access knowledge at your own pace through a combination of short, intensive educational leadership content. It combines two learning styles; autonomous/independent (asynchronous learning) and scheduled live 1:1 meetings (synchronous/'together' learning).

    Learn anywhere

    • Watch/Listen - videos and podcasts.
    • Read - book, articles, and presentations.
    • Practice - apply learning and informal assessments to your role.
    • Reflect /Engage - virtual 1:1s with John Grisby/Prof of Practice, Author and expert in leadership mindsets.  

  • The State of Play Season #1

    Introduction to Sports Leadership Mindsets

    Sports Leadership 4.0

    Start to Prepare|Shift Your Mindset

    Take your first steps as a leader into Sports '4.0' - the fourth industrial revolution in sports. Learn the fundamentals of leadership to get clear about the demands '4.0' will place on your role, team and sport.


    In the next decade sports leadership effectiveness will be measured
    by skillsets associated with the business world. Shifting your mindset from pre-digital age '3.0' skills to digital age '4.0’ will improve all aspects of your leadership capacity (development) and capability (performance).


    Professional development is now a life long process. Just as crucial as knowing the technical, tactical and strategic elements to 'win the game'.


    • Both business side + field/pitch side leaders (directors, managers, coaches and staff).
    • Leaders of sporting associations, federations, clubs and organisations.
    • Third party sports sector providers which include consultants, trainers, agents and representatives.
    • Former players/athletes transitioning into the business side leadership roles.
    • Family/parents of competitors to support developmental process, performance and impact.

    Tangible Outcomes

    • Begin to activate core role, game and sport 'intelligences'. 
    • Produce a two-five year personal leadership strategy.
    • Start transitioning your leadership skills and value for the future
      - from 3.0’ to ‘4.0’. 
    • Informally assess/map your leadership mindset in relation to role game and sport (local and global).
    • Put key learnings directly into practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Learn the fundamental for building blocks for leadership 4.0.
    • Develop a deeper contextual understanding for all aspects of role, sector and business.
    • Understand how your leadership mindsets can impact structure, communication, people, performance and change.
    • Discovery new pathways of personal leadership development.
  • The State of Play Season #1 (Winter 2021)

    Complexity, Change and Problems

    Dynamic tailored transformational learning experiences
    for next-generation leaders in Sports


    Executive Development/Education - Professional CPD - Sports Business Transformation






    One to One


    1. Autographed Book: Games You Can Play - Sports Leadership 4.0.
    2. Article/Abstract: Sports Leadership Mindset-Thinking Systems.
    3. Video/Podcast: Introduction to Sports Leadership Mindsets.
    4. Video/Podcast: The Perfect Storm in Sports 4.0.
    5. Video/Podcast: Leading through Change in Sports.

    6. Video/Podcast: Case study example of real world application.
    7. Podcast Series: Exclusive advance chapters of Games You Can Play audiobook ( x 4 chapters).

    8. Informal Assessment: Sports Leader Mindset Map-Profile with feedback/insight.
    9. One to One: Virtual Q&A with John Grisby/Professor/Author/Expert in leadership mindsets.
    10. Video/Podcast/Live: Tailored case study of sports leadership mindsets in action (topic your choice).

    11. Personalised Recorded Video Q&A: Receive personalised recorded video answers to your questions.


    Season #1 (WINTER 2021)

    Season #1 (WINTER 2021)

    Premium is an exclusive one-to-one tailored experience (availability is limited).

    A one-to-one meeting is mandatory to participate. If you're interested please click either the 'Register Interest' or 'Arrange Meeting' button. Choose a date/time and provide the following information.

    1. Current role
    2. Years in role/industry
    3. Reason(s) for leadership development
    4. Any other useful information

    Your informal meeting will be confirmed promptly and additional information sent.

    Thank you and I look forward to connecting.


    Grey Matter Sports
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  • Premium FAQ

    What is the payment policy?


    You pay nothing upfront until after completing an informal one-to-one virtual meeting and formal Registration. When you decided to go ahead we will issue an invoice with joining instructions.

    What technology do I need?

    You will need a standard computer/tablet/smartphone, a good internet connection and be able to access/play MP3s and videos.

    What is the refund policy?

    Cancellations and full refund can be made by complementing the ROI (Return on Investment) feedback form.

    How do I convert to timezone?