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Evolution of Leaders

Nov 28, 2020

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Jono Hall is currently Head Coach of Triathlon Canada for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. In his impressive career, he's coached athletes to medal at many international events, including at the Olympics. I had the privilege of interviewing Jono for his insights on the mindset of a world class coach and athlete. Aside from being a World Duathlon Champion himself, his athletes have medalled at numerous world competitions including the Olympic Games.

2016 Canadian Head Coach Triathlon, Rio Olympic Games
2012 USA Head Coach Triathlon, London Olympic Games.
2008 Australian Team Coach, Beijing Olympics
2004 Team Australia, Athens Olympics
1997 World Duathlon Champion


1:36 - Jono describes his career.

2:47 - How to deal with major unknowns such as the pandemic pandemic. It's important to understand that unknowns are a reality.

5:01 - The role of adaptation to training athletes. Maintaining process while acknowledging the unknowns is important. Taking the time to develop strong processes beforehand are key to being able to move forward.

7:36 - How to deal with handling failure. Jono had so many amazing insights here. Check out these quotes:
"I’m very honest about my experiences … I learned more from my failures than successes."
“I’ve always been quite open about acknowledging where I’ve failed. They were the key learning moments”
“I gravitate towards positivity. However you can create positivity from what you could describe as a failure”
“It enables me to create a learning moment from whatever situation you’re in”
“I’m setting my athletes to succeed but I’m conscious that I don’t make it so that they never fail.”
“Taking those learning moments from whatever is going on - good, bad, indifferent … I think is a skillset.”
“It’s less of a burden when you have the ability to rebound, learn something and be better.”

10:45 - What makes the elite truly elite?
“The truly elite have clarity in their goal, which creates clarity in their purpose”
“They Work out quickly and surround with people on the same pathway.”
“They surround themselves with people on the same pathway, not necessarily people who agree
with them but people willing to challenge them.”
“They make that process simple.”
“They have a clear goal in conjunction with very, very high ambition."
He has a fascinating thought about the need for patience working towards the goal. It's like they're "hurrying slowly."

13:48 - Jono discusses balancing guiding and teaching athletes with allowing his team to become more independent.
“Make sure the athletes don’t become dependent on you. When I’m guiding athletes I’m also teaching them”.
“As a coach, I’m almost trying to make myself redundant to a point. So that they don’t *need* me.”
“They’ve learned through that period when they could self-direct.”
“The lessons we learn in sport set us up to be successful beyond life”
By creating guiding directives, athletes then have the ability to create some autonomy.

17:18 - I've always been fascinated by the duality of independence vs. team. Jono gives an insight into the mindset of how team makes you stronger even when you are competing individually.

“Individuals who receive an individual award need to operate with some of the concepts of team without the reward of team.”
“You need to have a deeper understanding of where individuals operate .. and cut off any potential conflict before it happens.”
“You want a champion team, not a team of champions.”

23:16- Jono describes the Multi Sport Brain.

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