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Evolution of Leaders


Oct 28, 2020

“I don’t really ever consider there to be such a thing as a personal failure. … It’s more about the journey than the destination…. They are sources of lessons.”

 

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1:16 - Jordan gives a 1-minute intro of his paddling career.

3:27 - Jordan describes the steps from being a recreational athlete to making the national team. He gets the proper coaching - as well, a teammate makes Team Canada which makes it a real goal.

7:10 - Being open to feedback, able to mold into what is best for the team, and being coachable are all traits that help him to make the team.

8:50 - Jordan highlights the value of experience and how having been there once before helped even though he was cut previously. “The Drive. I want to be a part of this club because I know I can.”

“I don’t really ever consider there to be such a thing as a personal failure. … It’s more about the journey than the destination…. They are sources of lessons.”

(On being cut):  “Yeah maybe I felt bad after getting the letter but it has no significance in and of itself. Its only real value, that fact, is as a lesson for the future.”

12:13 - The importance of a training journal and his collection of lessons learned over many years of collection and reflection.

14:30 - Jordan recalls the time when the national team has a very poor performance in Thailand and gets reamed out by the coach, who reminds them  the importance of humility and that success depends on working well as a cohesive unit

17:30 - Jordan talks about scheduling in his busy work hours.

19:09 - When he gets home at 2 am … the champ works out.

21:52 - Jordan talks about the different types of butterflies and how he handles them. Self-doubt and the other is the rush of nerves and adrenaline. At his first World Championships, the national team finished out of the medals and performed very poorly during one race. Subsequently, the team approaches Finals with more levity going forwards and their performance improves dramatically. Interestingly, he creates the mental image he creates for himself to take himself back to this positive state.

28:22 - What’s the ideal teammate like?

30:10 - What he’s learning now in light of self-isolation.

32:45 - He talks about 2 traits that mean a lot to Jordan as a coach. He appreciates coaches who are open to being a support for the athletes, and also who lead by example. He tells me something that I didn’t know!

 

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