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The best athletes in the world directly link their performance to their personal growth. Why don’t we all think about our lives like this? For Jim Barnish, changing his perspective with the help of a coach transformed his work as a founder, a transformation that surfaced as he focused on his personal development. Today, Jim invites that coach to The Dirt: founder of the executive coaching firm Huddle Advisory and former NFL executive, Mike Smith.

We are so focused on success in business that we often forget to be human. Founders are especially prone to that constant grind and it limits their view. Mike shares his perspective that taking care of our mental and physical health will lead to a “clearer view of the field.”

Similar to how athletes receive coaching after a play, immediate feedback results in improved practice and performance at work, and this can’t come in the form of a yearly or six-month review. Your work could be transformed by regular feedback from a coach who can help you improve–every day. 

From this Episode:

To change results, change the system the results are happening in.

Mike Smith

Founder and Former NFL Consultant

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Mike Smith is the founder of Huddle Advisory, a firm that guides performance for leaders and teams. Previously, he spent nearly two decades with the NFL, transforming the talent function in an executive role. Before shifting to the NFL, he worked as an executive and finance consultant at NBC. 

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Show Notes

The best athletes in the world directly link their performance to their personal growth. Why don’t we all think about our lives like this? For Jim Barnish, changing his perspective with the help of a coach transformed his work as a founder, a transformation that surfaced as he focused on his personal development. Today, Jim invites that coach to The Dirt: founder of the executive coaching firm Huddle Advisory and former NFL executive, Mike Smith.

We are so focused on success in business that we often forget to be human. Founders are especially prone to that constant grind and it limits their view. Mike shares his perspective that taking care of our mental and physical health will lead to a “clearer view of the field.”

Similar to how athletes receive coaching after a play, immediate feedback results in improved practice and performance at work, and this can’t come in the form of a yearly or six-month review. Your work could be transformed by regular feedback from a coach who can help you improve–every day. 

3 Key Takeaways

  • Personal development is just as vital to your business success as business development. Stop grinding away and nurture your mental and physical health.
  • Coaching is invaluable not just in sports, but in everyday life. Coaches can help you course correct and provide a broader view of how to achieve what you want.
  • Honest, regular feedback is tough, but well worth it.

Resources

Mike Smith’s LinkedIn

Huddle Advisory

Out of Our League Podcast

Trust Model