In today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by the World Cup winning England Rugby coach and former Director of Sport for the London 2012 Olympics, Sir Clive Woodward.

After spending his childhood with big dreams of becoming a professional footballer, it was playing rugby at his local club as a kid that started Sir Clive down the path to becoming the first England Coach to lift the Rugby World Cup in 2003.

What people don’t always know is that rugby only went professional in the late 90s. And while Sir Clive was playing for England and the British Lions in the 1980s, he was also doing his ‘day job’, running his own Finance & Leasing company. As you’ll hear in this episode, he has since applied much of what he learned in the boardroom to his sterling work on the pitch.

During our conversation, we cover some really fascinating topics, including:

  • How running a successful business is fundamentally the same as coaching a winning Rugby team.
  • Why you need to become comfortable with pressure if you want to be able to handle it effectively.
  • And the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels comfortable enough to contribute, no matter how controversial their ideas might be.

Sir Clive has achieved so much over the years and it was an absolute honor to speak to him for this podcast.

No matter whether you’re an avid Rugby fan or you’re simply hungry to succeed in your career, we know you’ll benefit from Sir Clive’s advice and insights throughout this episode.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode, so please do get in touch at ku.oc.cmbj@semaj

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