Paddy Upton

Paddy, has two masters’ degrees, in Sport Science and in Executive/ Business Coaching (with distinction). He worked as fitness trainer with the SA Cricket team from 1994-1998, under the late Bob Woolmer and Hansie Cronje, and performed the same role with the WP Rugby team in 1999.

Since 2003, he worked in the role of Executive and Leadership coach with several business leaders and teams across various industries in South Africa, as well as with professional athletes and teams. Some of these included Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Gary Kirsten, Natalie du Toit, soccer player Moeneed Josephs, selected (1996) Olympians, and all of the national franchise cricket teams.

In March 2008, he joined Gary Kirsten in coaching Team India, in the role of Mental Conditioning and Strategic Leadership Coach. During this time, India attained (for the first time, and retained during their tenure) the Worlds No 1 Test ranking, and won the 2011 ICC World Cup.

Again Paddy has teamed up with Gary Kirsten, this time with the Proteas cricket team. Their aim is that this team surpasses the achievements of their previous charges.

Paddy’s presentations draw on insights and anecdotes from international sport, making specific reference to the refreshing approach that Gary and him employed in helping the Indian cricket team to the summit of world cricket

The message is deliberately more inspirational than motivational, stretching audiences to think differently about how they are going about their business, and in so-doing, to act and lead differently.

Some of the leadership and performance principles covered, which are universally applicable in sport and business environments, are:

– Gary and Paddy’s leadership essentials

– Innovation

– Preparation

– Adult Learning

– Engaging Fear

– Play to strength

– People above performance

The outcome of the presentation is that, where relevant, members of the audience are able to achieve better team and individual results within a happier and healthier working environment. Specifically, by…

– positively influencing others

– embracing positive change and innovation faster than your opposition

– harnessing best thinking in an environment of responsibility and accountability

– reducing the fear of failure

– building they type of confidence that builds success

– being your best

– valuing people as your primary assets (they are the ones who deliver your results)

 

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