In this episode I am joined once again by Rosie Mayes, and Jamie Pringle to talk culture in high performance sport and in the wider world of business and education.

1:30 Why are we talking about culture?
5:17 Could you put culture on a dashboard of metrics?
6:45 How quickly can you pick up on a culture?
11:04 Whose responsibility is culture?
13:15 Process review
18:17 Culture as a determinant of performance
20:00 Early experiences, environment culturing achievement
22:00 If culture is poor how does it manifest in people?
23:40 Getting the balance right between under or over investment in peak performance and stress
29:45 The responsibility and potential for those in charge in leadership
36:20 Rosie as a benchwarmer – but served a key role in team dynamics
37:50 Coach decisions and responses on a day to day basis that define culture
41:30 Projecting and ownership of pressures
44:15 Sensitive moments in performance, such as selection and de-selection
47:00 Can you get more and do it well?
50:30 Purpose, autonomy and mastery
53:00 High performance habits for all
1:02:00 How does sport influence culture and culture influence sport?
1:07:00 How do you tap into and lead “the way it works around here”
1:10:40 Key insights into optimising culture

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Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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