#313: Fergus Connolly, PhD – Authenticity, Elite Human Performance & Getting the Best From Others

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Guest Bio

Fergus Connolly, PhD

Dr. Fergus Connolly is one of the world’s foremost human performance thought leaders and influencers, and has applied performance science with leading sports, military, and business teams. He is the only coach to have full times roles in every major sport. Fergus has served as Director of Elite Performance for the San Francisco 49ers, Sports Science Director with the Welsh Rugby Union, and Performance Director for University of Michigan Football. He has guided coaches, support staff and players in the NBA, Australian Rules Football and international cricket. Fergus has also trained world boxing champions and advises elite military units and companies across the globe.

In This Episode We Discuss

  • Fergus' background as a teacher, manufacturing and computer science: concepts borrowed and applied to performance
  • An opinion/idea/position Fergus holds that isn’t a consensus one with athlete performance world
  • The question that Fergus has asked athletes often, that has routinely provided him with interesting insights about them
  • "Authentic people are not Perfect. Perfect people are not Authentic"
  • Are there barriers to us being authentic?
  • How people, particuly those who see themselves as it being their job to help others, may not want to be seen to be in need
  • What elite athletes really care about
  • What does it mean to be a world-class practioner/coach?

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