Evolution of Leaders

Darwin Li

I help people get promoted, get faster, and get better!

My overall mission is to help people and teams grow and improve and I aspire to do this by drawing leadership lessons from high level achievers - athletes, coaches, businessmen and women, in their domains.

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An interview with '96 Olympian 4x100m World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist Glenroy Gilbert! He's now Head Coach of Athletics Canada. Glenroy talks about his amazing run in the 4x100m Olympic Final and how he entered the zone.   Hear how me overcome personal disappointment in his 100m event, nearly left the Olympics, but had a transformative realization in his hotel room that prompted him to stay for the relay Final.   He's translated these lessons very well as he is regarded as one of the top track coaches in the world. You can find Glenroy here!   https://twitter.com/glenroygilbert?lang=en https://www.instagram.com/glenroygilbert/?hl=en   I would love if it you engaged with me on social media! Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/

Oct 14

1 hr 12 min

An interview with the passionate - and hilarious! - Robert Esmie, a Gold Medallist and World Champion at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He ran the first leg and raced with Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin, and Donovan Bailey. "I'm on top of Carl Lewis I head off him right. 80 meter! I say I feel his long legs start coming through my sideview mirrors right. And then boom, crossed the line. I went 10:23. He goes Who are you? I said THE FLASH. He said this is the fastest and hardest I've ever run in a quarter." "With the lessons, and I've always said, no matter what I do in life, job, sports, whatever, everything that I do, everything that happens, must have a purpose must have a meaning." "And that's part of the haircut. Because I know when they can see the haircut, I know they're gonna laugh. I know Donovan (Bailey) is gonna call me a clown and slap me as usual. Although he may do that, on my mind, is where I wanted him. Because I saw the fun piece. And the relaxed piece that I'm looking for. " "Everybody sees Robert as a clown and someone that idiot because he's the kid. I'm the youngest of the team. So he's the kid, but they don't see the logical side of my planning process as a child coming all the way through everything that I'm doing. there's a there's a plan and process for success. Right. And it's a great thing is when I'm working with these young athletes, and that's why I always say let's train the mind first before the body."   Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/   You can reach Robert here: https://twitter.com/speeddoctor96?lang=en www.Airblastoff.com https://www.instagram.com/speeddoctor96/  

Jul 23

1 hr 13 min

"If I can race on a broken hip, I can put up with a lot of pain ... I can get through a lot. It's really nothing in the grand scheme of things." At the Rio Olympics, Tyler Mislawchuk completed the race on a broken hip. He has persevered through broken ribs, jaw, and leg as well. This is one tough dude. He was the youngest competitor at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is one of the top triathletes in the world, with wins at: - World Triathlon Olympic Test Event in Tokyo - Huatulco - Mooloolaba, and several podium finishes. Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ You can reach Tyler here! https://twitter.com/mislawchuk https://www.instagram.com/therealmislawchuk/ https://www.facebook.com/tyler.mislawchuk  

Jul 23

59 min 32 sec

An interview with 2019 ITU World Triathlon Champion Katie Zaferes! Katie went on a meteoric rise from 2015 finishing 5th, then each year climbing a spot - 4th, 3rd, 2nd, World Champion, and will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics. She is also a staggering 23-time ITU World Triathlon Series medalist ! She has an amazingly strong mind and a great attitude. She has fascinating thoughts about "process" and has learned with adversity about getting over obstacles. Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ How to reach Katie! https://www.instagram.com/kzaferes6/?hl=en http://www.katiezaferes.com/  

Jul 19

48 min 35 sec

An interview with Katie Vincent, World C-2 Champion and Bronze medallist. Katie has an incredible mindset and she tells us about how she writes her own story, refusing to allow external factors to define her. Amazingly, she won the Gold and Bronze at the World Championships while she is sick with shingles. She also solidifies a berth for Canada for the Tokyo Olympics under a cloud of uncertainty surrounding her racing partner, Laurence Vincent-Lapointe.   Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/   You can find Katie here! https://kitkatkanu.mli.st/ https://twitter.com/kvincent96?s=20 https://www.instagram.com/katie.20.100_/?hl=en  

Jul 14

59 min 34 sec

An interview with 2-time Olympian Kamini Jain who raced in 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Games. Kamini talks about her successes and lessons in an amazing career racing and coaching. Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ How to reach Kamini! http://rightangleperformance.com/ https://www.facebook.com/kamini.jain.750

Jul 7

44 min 7 sec

An interview with Olympian & World Champion Bronze Medallist in the 50m Free - Brad Tandy of South Africa. "I'd swam in the Olympic final the 50 freestyle, somewhere around the 480 to 500,000 times mentally over the years, just whether the race went well with the race went bad we are was everything in all these variables obviously changed. And I've only done it once in my career. So visualization is a huge part in in kind of paving the way for both success and failure and dealing with it." Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ You can find Brad here! https://www.instagram.com/bradtandy/?hl=en  

Jun 22

58 min 23 sec

An interview with 1984 Olympic gold and silver medallist Larry Cain. Larry devised his own techniques of visualization, and epitomizes how talent alone is never enough. He discusses the other ingredients that contribute to success and how he applied these to his gold medal winning performance. Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2LbmTVDvZdw4aaKsrciT4U Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarwinLi6   You can find Larry here! https://www.paddlemonster.com/ https://www.larrycain.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/paddlemonster/ https://www.instagram.com/pdlmnstr/ https://vimeo.com/paddlemonster https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCys_3xOVA54j8_FVOyrCpwg  

Apr 20

1 hr 5 min

"And I had so over prepared for the high school state meet that I ended up making the Olympic team." An interview with Glenn Mills, making the 1980 Olympic team and now runs the wildly successful platform, GoSwim.TV. Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2LbmTVDvZdw4aaKsrciT4U Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarwinLi6 I've also been accepted for a show on the membership platform "Millionaireflix". See exclusive content including Gavin's insights on how to get into the zone plus many courses on success & business! https://millionaireflix.com/affiliate/darwin Check out Glenn @ www.goswim.tv! --------------------- 4:08 - Glenn talks about how the death of his brother to cancer lit a fire inside of him to train hard and win the high school state championship in his brothers' honor. "I remember, Kyle died on a Thursday, and on Friday, I went to practice, I always swam in lane five, and the pool went from lane one to lane six, the slowest to the fastest. And at this point, I was in lane five. I showed up on Friday. And of course, everybody knew and everybody was quiet. And I stood behind lane six, nobody said anything. And so I just went right to the fastest lane in the pool. And from that day forward, I was committed to accomplishing that goal to honor that, that goal that I had set out for my brother." "I would go to the pool, and I would try to hurt myself as much as I could physically. Not in a bad way. Not not, it was it was I would train as hard as I could to induce as much pain because the more physical pain that I that I had, the less emotional pain that I had." "And I had so over prepared for the high school state meet that I ended up making the Olympic team. " "There's so much more inside of everyone that we don't, we don't know who we can be, until we've made the decision that we were going to put everything into this task for this goal. And if you completely 100% commit yourself to something, all aspects of your life to that specific goal, you're probably going to do better than then you thought you could." 9:04 - Glenn talks about what separates the truly elite from others. "There's a consistent and focus towards the end result. And each day is a piece of the process, that there's a patience about the process and a consistency to the process." "... If that's what your goal is, you have to have this all consuming." "it is the daily grind, as they say, and you have to be committed to the process. " "Jesse Owens said and reminded us all. It's not the Olympics that make the Olympian it's the preparation. So everything is about the preparation. It's not about that day. It's about the years before, and that's really great athletes understand." 11:56 - Glenn talks about the difference between process and outcome. He talks about the process of creating excellent swimmers and athletes. 14:21 - Glenn has coached numerous outstanding athletes, including Jeff Rouse and Aaron Peirsol, both world record holders who swim differently. What are the commonalities amongst greatness? 17:00 - The importance of self-awareness and how he helps others to learn effectively. 18:09 - Glenn has a fascinating approach to coaching top Olympians - the Power of Asking Questions. 19:12 - Coaching Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps, and how he approaches giving advice to such legendary athletes. "I said, there is no way I'm telling you anything about your stroke. Because I would be the guy that messed her up by giving her advice" Allison's response: "No one has ever not given me advice before." 22:22 - Filming MICHAEL PHELPS! "And I would say, you know, this is what I noticed. They weren't asking me because oh, here's this, you know, this great guy, they they sought, they sought anything from anyone that could potentially make him a little faster. They were so open to suggestions, because they might have overlooked something that somebody else might see. And so it was it was one of the most fascinating things that he was the greatest swimmer in the history of the world, asking, What do you see? " 25:19 - Glenn talks about Goswim.tv and the amazing developments they're achieving. 29:32 - The disappointment of the US boycotting the Moscow Olympics. 37:01 - Excellence, values and focus - "There's integrity of work ... there's an honesty in work" 39:30 - Selected Pain vs. Forced Pain. 41:08 - "You have to stop feeling sorry for yourself at some point and just get back to work." 42:11 - How Glenn looks at helping athletes gain self-awareness. 46:15 - The amazing work at GoSwim.tv and the endless pool.

Apr 13

57 min 29 sec

An interview with 4x100m World Champion & Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman!   Mechelle exemplifies a champion mindset. 3 years working in Corporate America living a sedentary lifestyle, she sets her sights on the Olympic team. Mechelle gives tangible lessons on how we all can integrate mind & faith to achieve the awesome.   Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2LbmTVDvZdw4aaKsrciT4U Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarwinLi6 I've also been accepted for a show on the membership platform "Millionaireflix". See exclusive content here & more!  https://millionaireflix.com/affiliate/darwin Mechelle's Contact Information: https://trackgirlz.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mechellelewisfreeman/ AirBNB Experience: https://www.airbnb.ca/experiences/1669717?locale=en&_set_bev_on_new_domain=1615499671_OTBlNTA0Nzg5MWY3   -- 1:19 - 1-min autobiography   4:27 - Mechelle has been successful at whatever she does - 4 x 100m World Champion, Marketing Expert, Olympic Coach, and philanthropist.  She was not only an accomplished athlete but also a very successful student with a 4.0 average.   The movie Boomerang was her inspiration! She attends one of the top journalism schools in the world, and works at Y&R, one of the world’s top agencies.   7:28 - "I'm not pregnant, just fat" Mechelle works in the corporate world from 2002 to 2006, having missed the 2004 Athens Olympics due to injury. Despite not training for 3 years, she decides to try out for the Olympics.   10:28 - “It is God who arms me with strength … and makes my feet like the feet of a deer;“ “I can do everything… if I read what the Bible says and I believe it, then that means that nothing is impossible for God that means that I can quit my job and I’m going to make this Olympic team”. “I didn’t really have anyone, I was by myself and so it was a time of isolation in a time of where I really came into my own.” “The foundation that I had moving forward was rooted in that faith.”   14:02 - Mechelle describes how she moves past the injuries and when she’s losing races. “One of my mentors told me, do it afraid…. The fear doesn’t leave but you just have to keep moving forward…. You have to take that step. You have to bring that fear along for the ride. Once you take that first step your faith will be acknowledged and then the next step will be presented.” “You always want to put yourself in an environment that supports what you’re trying to achieve and you’re around people that are aligned to where you need to go” “It wasn’t easy. I was losing races, I was getting injured. I was facing top athletes in the world and I had to win against them. … What are you saying to yourself every day? You have to be consistent in your actions and your words and making you’re feeding the areas that nee to grow and develop.” "I used to have this Muhammad Ali posted on my wall. I used to take it down and fold it and take it with me to tall my track meets and put it up on the wall. But I would say that to myself every morning, in the car while I was driving, before I got to bed at night, when I’m writing my journals … impossible is nothing, impossible is nothing”   17:46 - Mechelle describes some of the things she had to starve out her life that held her back from her dreams.   20:05 - How she handles failure/setbacks. What does she do to take lessons and move forward? “As I’m losing … I’m feeding myself in those things then I always had content to defeat it, you know whether it was Scripture … ‘Nothing formed against me shall prosper’ if I was getting injured” "“If you felt like ‘oh my goodness” you look at your heat and you have the top 3 girls in the world in your heat and they’re only taking 4 … What are those things that you’re saying to yourself every day that when you’re in the heat of battle that when you tell yourself what you tell yourself every day, in that moment, that you trust it."   26:10 - What did she do to differentiate herself? “That mindset. It was my faith. 100% that was my biggest difference.” “I can remember lining up in college and run a fast time the week before and then somebody who was ranked top in the country is in the lane next to me and I would lose because I would let that get in my head.”   28:38 - Mechelle describes how she handled not knowing whether she'll run in the Olympics.   36:00 - The agony of the baton drop @ the Olympics and how she supported her teammate.   40:37 - On being a coach ... “Coaching has changed my life… in helping me in my role as a leader and how I can impact others and communities.”   42:44 - Trackgirlz.com and how to find Mechelle. “In order to be a leader, you have to be yourself.”

Mar 11

58 min 10 sec

An interview with World Triathlon Mixed Relax Silver and Bronze medallist who amazingly survived cancer through his life and career. Kevin shares the moment that he discovered cancer, and the lessons he takes from it. Kevin McDowell's Links - Follow him on his journey! https://www.instagram.com/kevinmcdowell1/ https://www.instagram.com/calsangels/   Evolution of Leaders Links: Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/  YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2LbmTVDvZdw4aaKsrciT4U Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarwinLi6   I've also been accepted for a show on the membership platform "Millionaireflix". See exclusive content! https://millionaireflix.com/affiliate/darwin     1:50 - Kevin provides his brief. Autobiography. 2:47 - Setting sights on an Olympic goal at a young age. 4:10 - Cancer diagnosis. "Give me 6 months of your life, then you’ll be better." 9:18 - Wisdom from a fellow patient: “What can I do, not what can’t I do.” 12:04 - Kevin takes his athletic goal-setting skills towards battling cancer. 15:58 - Kevin recalls how he dealt with cancer treatment and how it impacted his life. He returns to training shortly after treatment is done, and notices changes to his body. Thoughts of survivor guilt. 19:50 - Kevin talks about the mental recovery after his physical treatment has finished. 21:02 - Kevin talks about what helped him to get through cancer and the role of faith and family. 24:32 - The role of coaching in his career. 26:21 - He talks about the positive traits he seems in his coaches. 28:56 - How small disciplines lead to the large disciplines. Make your bed everyday! 31:39 - The pivotal silver medal race in Chengdu, China. 34:34 - What separates the top elite athletes from others. 35:39 - What Kevin has changed from missing the 2016 Olympic team towards Tokyo 2021. “Going into this year I truly believed I was going to make that team this year.” 40:30 - How Kevin fuels training and competing through pain by remembering kids who are struggling with cancer. 45:11 - Learning adaptation and patience. 48:46 - The power of team. “How you much better you can be when you surround yourself with the greatest teammates”. 46:10 - “God moment” - The Prayer and the Coin.

Dec 2020

59 min 11 sec

An interview with '96 Olympian Gavin Maxwell who was one of the top paddlers in the world. Gavin shares the moment that he decided to be elite, as well as what he changed to make the Olympic team on his second attempt.   Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2LbmTVD...https://open.spotify.com/show/2LbmTVDvZdw4aaKsrciT4U Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarwinLi6     I've also been accepted for a show on the membership platform "Millionaireflix". See exclusive content including Gavin's insights on how to get into the zone plus many courses on success & business! https://millionaireflix.com/affiliate/darwin   2:04 - Gavin gives his 1-min introduction. He trained alongside Olympic Gold medallist Larry Cain and was exposed to world class paddlers all over the world. 3:14 - Did you think you’d be an Olympian? Gavin describes his journey towards being an Olympian. “I remember sitting on the dock with my legs still in my canoe contemplating life and I remember like it was yesterday I decided either I’m going to quit or I’m going to get better.” “For some reason that summer, I learned how to win” 11:53 - Gavin explains the role of coaching. 13:13 - Making the Olympics - 4 year wait. What changed? What was different? What Gavin changed from missing the Olympic team in 1992 to qualifying in 1996. "I was hellbent on the next time … If I win, they can’t stop me from going to the Olympics." Gavin talks about the mindset of being a champion. 23:04 Gavin talks about visualization and self-reflection. Working hard is the easy party. “The mental side, the preparation, the confidence is very much underrated.” 26:05 - Gavin talks about the “pursuit of excellence” and what it means not only in competition but in life. 29:05 - Gavin talks about the mindset of competition. 34:31 - Having been an elite athlete, Gavin explains how he coaches.

Dec 2020

40 min 26 sec

Website: https://www.EvolutionOfLeaders.com/ YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChXe7AGqkLRzpvm1yblIvjw/ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/evolution-of-leaders/id1533928112 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2LbmTVDvZdw4aaKsrciT4U Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darwinevolutionofleaders Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darwinli25/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darwin-li-5697581/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarwinLi6 SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE: http://bit.ly/SubscribeToLondonReal --------------------- 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. You can reach Jono at: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-hall-9804a83b https://twitter.com/multisportbrain?lang=en https://www.instagram.com/multisportbrain/?hl=en

Nov 2020

27 min 1 sec

It’s all about poking the status quo bear! 1:42 - Autobiography 2:22 - How does one create a great workplace culture and maintain it - The importance of values, beliefs and fit. 4:20 - How do you find the “it” in people? Scot talks about the tests and surveys that are available, and the vital importance of ongoing onboarding. 7:50 - The key traits of successful leaders - It’s really about the leaders growing their people! 9:34 - Scot talks about 2 critical characteristics of all leaders - Humility and empathy. 13:14 - Scot has a fascinating take on “Christmas Carol” from a leadership perspective. 14:27 - Scot mentions how important it is to have succession … EARLY! “Succession is about planning well enough so that you can leave on your terms and not worry as to the extent who’s going to replace me.” “You can’t have great succession without a great workplace and you can’t have a great workplace or a succession without great leadership.” 17:44 - The role of failure and its importance. 20:44 - What’s the best advice you ever received? 21:32 - What can someone who’s looking to get promoted or get noticed in their job do? Scot feels that teaching the importance of understanding people as a core building block to people improving. 23:16 - Scot talks about how he sees coaching and mentorship. 26:15 - How Scot challenges people outside their comfort zone. Scot talks about how leaders must ensure that women have opportunities in the workplace to move into leadership opportunities. They’re often already great leaders but lacking opportunity. “Leadership is about being comfortable seeing the people around you grow past you.” “As a leader your responsibility is to make those people around you … better at what they do and in so doing you create other leaders.” -- Scot drops some great wisdom from Julian Barling, Professor at Smith School of Business. 29:33 - POKING THE STATUS QUO BEAR. 33:11 - What Scot is doing now with Robert Scot Ltd. You can find Scot Rutherford online here! Check it out! https://www.linkedin.com/in/scot-rutherford-8a885426/

Nov 2020

34 min 1 sec

George Ross has done more major real estate deals in New York than any other lawyer, was Donald Trump’s right hand man for many years, and was a judge on The Apprentice tv show. I was privileged to profit from his years as a highly successful lawyer and advisor.   1:06 - What are the key traits for someone to have success?   1:55 - George describes how Trump delegated to him.   3:04 - “They have an interest in you as a person and being successful”. George Ross discussing how he advised Donald Trump while serving as his right hand man. He discusses how he advises leaders to handle strengths & weaknesses. 5:45 - “He is in my estimation the ultimate patriot.” - George Ross on Donald Trump taking criticism.  8:48 - George describes a key mentorship lesson that has guided him through life. He learned how people reacted to him when he negotiated, and how people can turn when the stakes are high. 10:27 - What’s a mistake that leaders make? 11:13 - George reflects back on his life and examines what he’s accomplished. He’s most content now to advise and teach others. “The benefit of the teaching relationship is that pupil learns or does something better because of what you said. It’s very gratifying.” 12:49 - What’s one thing George would have done differently looking back? Nothing! 13:33 - Failure + Perseverance = Success.    

Nov 2020

15 min 26 sec

“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.”   www.evolutionofleaders.com   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!   https://www.facebook.com/jordan.hulecki https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-hulecki-86031967/?originalSubdomain=ca  

Oct 2020

33 min 25 sec

1:31 - Johnny describes his career in this own words. 2:14 - Johnny describes what he does to move from the junior team, shooting for a high competitive goal and tries out directly to the national team. 4:22 - He describes a strong internal drive as being the key component that allowed him to make the national team. 6:52 - Johnny explains how coaches and mentors have played in his growth and how he passes this onto others. 8:25 - What advice would you give to a junior who’s looking to make the national team? 9:30 - Johnny explains his attitude to working through the pain of difficult training. He reveals how he works through the challenges of how training alone can be difficult but how he gets through this. Also, he lifts ridiculous amounts of weight. 12:50 - Johnny’s club team goes through some challenging times. The team goes downhill, and he explains the lessons he learned from these adversities. 18:45 - Johnny speaks honestly about how he, as a leader goes through a process to grow and mature. He takes the lessons from the difficult times into the way he handles emotion today. 22:53 - He tells us the story about his gold medal 1000m race, with only a few minutes of rest. It is a unique team pursuit with different divisions mixed in together, and the Canadian mens’ and womens’ teams end up in the same race. “It was a lot of pain to catch up to our ladies especially … they’re so strong … they’re ridiculously strong” You can find Johnny at: @DragonboatJohnny - https://www.instagram.com/dragonboatjohnny/?hl=en

Oct 2020

26 min 16 sec

1:35 - Bruny describes his career in his own words   2:53 - Bruny shows his championship colors and saves his mother’s life at the tender age of 5!   5:13 - Coach Daniel Daniel St. Hilaire sees great potential in Bruny   “The Me I See is the Me I’ll be”.   Bruny talks about 15 years of “humiliation” but fights through it to clock 9.84 in the 100m, the 2nd fastest time at the time.   12:02. Coach Daniel tells Bruny that the long jump world record was 9.33m when actually it’s only 8.90m. “You can make your brain believe, it’s up to you”. Bruny reveals how he knew it was possible for a human to run 9.6 secs decades before Usain Bolt does so.   17:35 - Coach Dan Pfaff works with Bruny which results in massive speed gains. Bruny talks about the great traits of good coaches. A short 5 weeks later, Bruns wins the Canadian Championships in a blistering 9.89s.   20:47 - Bruny has to overcome tremendous criticism and adversity, including running out of groceries and publicly being called a “chicken” and a “tourist”. “Life is not easy. If you’re waiting at home waiting for things to come to you, it’s not going to happen.”   29:28 - Bruny talks about how he didn’t have a good personal 100m event at the 1996 Olympics when he was ranked 2nd in the world. “Why are you in this situation?” “What are you going to do about it ASAP?”   35:32 - The 4x100m Gold Medal race. “We’re going to win”.    “In life there’s no shortcuts. Whatever you’re going to do, don’t cheat. Sooner or later you’re going to pay the price.”   42:00 - Bruny talks about the importance about making the choice to be positive.   43:15 - Bruny clocks the fastest time of his career with a phenomenal time. 9.84 secs. He talks about the importance of visualization, as well as why he was so happy to finish 2nd, fulfilling a life goal.

Oct 2020

50 min 44 sec

I interview the amazing World and Olympic Champion Jamie Sale and she shares her incredible insights on life and leadership. She also gives us a previously unreleased scoop about the 2002 Utah Olympic figure skating judging scandal. www.evolutionofleaders.com SHOW NOTES 1:45 - Jamie describes her own career. 3:13 - What habit or behavior helped her to become an Olympic champion 3:57 - positive habit was positive self-talk “If you want this, this is what you have to do.” “Being consistent in showing up every day” 6:21 - how she deals with adversity From 1994 to 1998 - failure after failure after failure. Coach Jeff Krushell believes in her more than she believes in herself. “You can’t quit Jamie, you’re not done” She reinforces her mindset with positive mental affirmations to herself that states that she is strong & capable and all these things. “There is greatness in you. You are capable, you are strong, you are determined.” “I had faith that something good was going to happen.” She had had a great tryout with David Pelletier but he was initially advised not to skate with her. 13:05 - How do you go about being a trailblazer? Mentors helped her understand how to be an Olympic champion. 14:50 - It came from within me. People say that you should be where people are pushing you. Pushing you is good but we‘ll do what the Chinese & Russians do and more. 17:15 - Jamie talks about the ideas of process vs. outcome. 18:28 - What improvements and lessons did you implement from 1994 to 1998? She learns to train with intention and controls the peer group that they surround themselves with. As they move forward and the stakes get higher, they improve their goal-setting with weekly, daily goals. 22:25 - The SCANDAL and the SCOOP! Jamie gives a previously undisclosed scoop on how the scandal preceded the Olympics and how the “French Judge” had forewarned the Canadian judge BEFORE THE OLYMPICS that she wouldn’t be able to support the Canadian team. 28:13 - “Control what you can control” How Jamie handled the judging and how her dream was thwarted, but still handled it with class. She doesn’t lash out but decides to be a “good loser”. They make the decision to be gracious, proud, simply just to be kind. 32:53 - Jamie talks about her unique involvement with the Special Olympics. 35:29 - “You’ve stopped dreaming” Jamie had achieved the athletic pinnacle of her career but had stopped dreaming. This journey led her on the way to being a life coach. “We base our visions or dreams on what we think we can do or what our family thinks we’re capable of or what our environment says we can do…” “Not allowing our conditions or circumstances dictate what our long-term vision is.” “What can I do with what I’ve got and where I’m at.” “I’m not special …. All of us have incredible power inside of us. The one thing I didn’t do that others do … is quit. I just didn’t quit. I had many reasons to quit. ”.

Oct 2020

43 min 4 sec

Interview with Dragon Boat World Champion and World Record Holder Marianne Tai! 1:45 - Autobiography Marianne gives her autobiography in 60 seconds. 3:05 - “The Bench” At a major race, her coach, Chris Edwards, benched her for the final and told her directly. She still supported the team but had mixed emotions as the team won a bronze medal without her. 7:32 - “The Talk” Marianne has the tough conversation with her coach about what she can do to improve, and gets some straight talk from Coach Chris. She decides to take the advice to heart and changes her approach. Don’t take days off. It’s important to have a purpose for the workouts. 10:18 - “National Team Tryouts” How did you move forward to trying out for the national team? Coach Chris sees her progress and in 2012, suggests that she tries out. She’d improved very quickly over a 3 year time period. Others are much faster, scoring as much as 20 secs faster on the time trial. It’s a bit intimidating, but held a brave face and resolved to represent her club and her coach well. There are 22 secs to make up. How will she do this? From Nov to May, she travels monthly to meet Coach Matt and makes it through several rounds of cuts, within the overall 30 women (24 are selected). All the candidates are warm and friendly,  19:15 - “The Call” Coach Chris calls and asks how she is, but Marianne hasn’t read the email yet.  She reads the “heartbreaking” news. “It’s full on ... 2015.” 22:33 - “What did you change?” She supported the team. Other teammates noticed how supportive she was. She DOUBLED her training schedule!!  Marianne took a 2nd job. She took the time to work with Matt and took overnight buses to Montreal for the training. 29:25 - “The hardest worker in the room” Cheryl Shannon: “You’re already on the team, the coach doesn’t know it yet.” 31:50 - “What’s the effect of coaching on your life?” This is made by Chris Edwards. She learned about leadership, being humble and how to push others.. Marianne sought out advice from Olympic gold medallist Larry Cain … “Yeah you got something going on” 35:23 - “Leaders making leaders who make leaders. What did you develop this in yourself to help others become leaders?” I want to inspire women paddlers out there. “I will never say that I’m the strongest paddler. … When everyone is in the boat, everyone is the same.” “I am strong. I am capable. I am the hardest worker in the room.” 41:09 - “What did you change on the mental side?” “You needed a lot of failures to find your voice” “Shame became my mentor” “Fear became my best friend” 45:10 - “The satisfaction of making the team was better than winning gold.” “What matters is my journey,  my process to win those gold medals” 48:49 - “The World Record” “Oh we’re going for it, we’re going for it, this is going to hurt.” “300 WATTS!!!” 55:00 - “Time slows down” 58:50 - “The Zone” Marianne explains how to get into the zone.   You can find Marianne here: https://www.instagram.com/mariannetai/

Sep 2020

1 hr 2 min