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5 things I learnt at Syracuse University

5 things I learnt at Syracuse University

By Damian Hecker / April 20, 2018

By Damian Hecker, Director of Learning & Development at Leaders of Evolution It’s not often you get the backstage pass.  No lines, preferential treatment and access to a world that most of us only ever discover through a behind the scenes doco. To say I had the rockstar treatment during my time at Syracuse University…

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How do I develop leadership? Olympic Gold Medallist, Katie Allen

How do I develop leadership? Olympic Gold Medallist, Katie Allen

By Damian Hecker / March 2, 2018

Katie Allen is an Olympic Gold Medallist, coach and teacher. Perhaps above all, Katie has shown herself to be an incredibly effective and inspiring leader through her professional sporting career with the Hockeyroos, as coach of the Victorian Institute of Sports Women’s Hockey program and most recently in her role leading the Camberwell Men’s Premier…

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Time to celebrate failure

Time to celebrate failure

By Damian Hecker / March 2, 2018

As we all lament the fact the Olympics have finished up for another four years and our athletes return to the fame, anonymity or challenge of another cycle of torturous training it’s timely to reflect on what we can take away from the Olympic experience.

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Want the bad news? The odds are against our emerging athletes

Want the bad news? The odds are against our emerging athletes

By Jon Shepherd / March 2, 2018

Of more than 480 thousand National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes, less than 1.6% of all men’s/women’s basketball, football and soccer athletes transition into the professional or Olympic ranks.

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How the horse racing industry develops high performing teams

How the horse racing industry develops high performing teams

By Damian Hecker / February 27, 2017

Author:  Damian Hecker, Director of Learning & Development at Leaders of Evolution Even if you’re not a fan of horse racing, if you had the pleasure of watching Winx scorch the soggy turf beneath her feet on Saturday at Randwick you surely must have been impressed.  Under the cover of typically gloomy Sydney Autumn Carnival…

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11 Qualities of highly successful coaches

11 Qualities of highly successful coaches

By Gavin Mahony / August 31, 2016

Having recently started a new job with AFL Victoria, one of my early tasks was to go out and complete a Level 2 Coaching Assessment for five AFL footballers.  Equipped with a clip board, an A4 checklist and 60mins I was expected to judge the capabilities and competency of these budding coaches. After this was…

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How Iceland made us laugh and the English helped us learn

How Iceland made us laugh and the English helped us learn…

By Damian Hecker / July 7, 2016

A funny thing happened last week.  The Iceland football team took on the might (ha!) of the English in the Euro 2016 Round of 16 – and won!  Funny, right? Ok, the English currently have the Ashes. Yep, they just flogged the Aussies on our home turf in the Rugby League and Mark Cavendish just keeps…

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The game tape doesn’t lie – How to develop yourself – for FREE!

The game tape doesn’t lie – How to develop yourself – for FREE!

By Jon Shepherd / March 29, 2016

Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked and competed along side many high performance athletes and coaches. The transfer of skills developed in a sporting context continue to serve me well as a professional and today I want to touch on one we can all use to develop our performance – self reflection.  By the…

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