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Welcome to the Way of Champions Podcast hosted by John O'Sullivan and brought to you by Changing The Game Project.


Each week we connect you with the top minds in sport, coaching, leadership, and creating championship programs so you can take your athletes and teams to the next level.

Feb 28, 2021

This week on the podcast, we are airing a replay of a man who needs no intro, 8x NBA Champ and current Golden St Warriors coach Steve Kerr. We are replaying this today because Steve will be one of the presenters at our 2021 Way of Champions Virtual Conference, joining fellow coaching legends Quin Snyder, Cindy Timchal, Anson Dorrance, Jenny Levy, George Mumford, and more TBA. You can discover more about the event here:
In our discussion with Steve, John and Jerry ask: What makes a great coach? How do you build a championship culture? Why should a coach ask their team, “How can I be better for you?” These questions and so many more are answered in this fantastic episode with one of the best coaches in the world.
Highlights from the Discussion:
  • How an NFL Football Coach helped Coach Kerr develop a coaching philosophy
  • How to get players to buy in to core values of a coach
  • What do effective coaches have in common? Authority and Humanity
  • What percentage of coaching is strategic?
  • “Never let a player rot at the end of a bench."
  • Why has Coach Kerr let his players run the time outs?
  • What is the role of “Love” in coaching?
  • What are the ingredients needed for a great culture?
  • Cultural Architects vs Cultural Assassins
  • How do you build a culture when there is high turnover?
  • Having the confidence and the vulnerability to be honest with your team
  • Coach Kerr gives his thoughts on how what to ask the parents of a young athlete in order to coach more effectively
We finish the show by talking about legacy and how Coach Kerr wants to be remembered. You don’t want to miss this one!

Way of Champions Conference 2021

This weeks podcast is brought to you by the 2021 Way of Champions Leadership Conference, August 21-22, being held virtually this year. We have put together a lineup that is out of this world for our event. Guest speakers include Steve Kerr of the Warriors, Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz, multiple time NCAA Champion coaches Anson Dorrance, Cindy Timchal, and Jenny Levy, and mindfulness expert George Mumford. Click here to learn more or register before we sell out!

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