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LTBP #109 - Neil Donald: Continuous Improvement & Extreme Ownership

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Release Date: 05/30/2018

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In this episode, Stuart chats to Neil Donald from the Scottish Institute of Sport.

Topics covered:

  • What Neil's role is in Scottish Sport and Strength and Conditioning.
  • How your perception shapes your environment.
  • Why you've got to take ownership of what's going on in your life.
  • The importance of soft skills and how to get better at these.
  • How to understand what drives your clients.
  • How to look at failure so it doesn't make you feel like a failure.
  • How Neil balances work and life to ensure he's as productive as possible.
  • Recommended books & ways Neil finds is best for improving.

 

Neil's Contact Email - [email protected]

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