045: Nick Grantham on developing self, consultancy and performance

Nick Grantham, performance enhancement specialist and consultant, is this week’s guest. Nick and I go way back to the mid 1990s and have worked alongside each other in the sphere of sports performance. Nick has worked with a range of elite teams, netball, gymnastics, basketball, premiership football, downhill mountain biking to name a few. Nick is also a leading light in taking an active role in developing content and advice for aspiring professionals and we’ve been increasingly aware that we share this as a motivation and a driver. So it was a great conversation, where we found there was some real overlap in our thoughts and perspectives, but as expected when I speak to Nick I find my thoughts and perspectives developed even further.

Show notes:

Nick’s background, education, short lived rubbish career in banking, night school and university.

Early career in Sport Science and the small community of like-minded people delivering applied work in the field.

Having experienced a career in banking it gave Nick the determination to be tenacious in the pursuit of opportunities at university.

Working at Lilleshall, gymnastic team, and the first strength and conditioning netball team role.

Investment in the non-technical career skills, balancing work loads, management, income sources and side hustles

Everybody is expendable and you will be replaced

The reasons Nick left the English Institute of Sport

The rewards of working with the general population and learning humility

Consultancy and the balance of selling yourself and the development of confidence in his own abilities, experience and skillset.

The motivation to write ‘You’re Hired’

Making personal connections

Being comfortable with being a specialist generalist, having a depth of knowledge and being able to work with diversity and making an impact, but know when you need to refer out

Career highlights

The one thing to change: the Negatrons!

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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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