New Horizons 02 – Simon Clarkson

The second of Tyto’s online New Horizons events discusses how can we be authentically optimistic at this time of crisis.

Join us as we speak with a mental skills coach working with one of England’s top Premier League football teams, Simon Clarkson. Taking lessons from the pitch to the business world in times of uncertainty.

Listen back to the live online webinar in podcast form via your favourite podcast app.

Show Notes:

0:00 – 1:09 Brendon Craigie and Felicity Haslehurst introductions

1:10 – Simon Clarkson, Think Works, introduction

3:33 – What do we mean about authentic optimism?

7:53 – Thinking about the current situation, is it going to feel like you are a footballer losing three or four games on the bounce? How do you remain positive in times like this?

14:30 – From a performance perspective, what sort of different does being authentically optimistic have. Can you be 10, or 20 per cent more effective?

18:00 – Sometimes in business, we feel like the result is something to aim for. How can we maintain motivation in a time where there seems to be nothing to strive for?

22:35 – It makes me think about when football teams must play off for third and fourth places in a major tournament, is it a similar mentality?

25:22 – In terms of coping strategies, is there anything you would advise on in times like this?

28:00 – It’s interesting to think of the positives that can come out of this uncertain time

29:55 – Little simple things you can do to improve your mental state are…

30:40 – Be careful what news you watch in the evening

31:28 – On a personal level, it’s a good opportunity to pause and think how we will emerge as a business. On a societal level, we are now appreciating do work on the front-line that in the past we took for granted

33:13 – Moving on to a slightly different subject, currently it feels like things could be different day to day right now. How do elite sportspeople prepare for uncertainty?

38:00 – Going back to your dad watching news and it having a negative effect, is there also a danger of being too optimistic at this time?

41:24 – Charles audience question

I think that entrepreneurs should hope for the best and assume the worst. Is that a good attitude in terms of being authentically optimistic?

44:25 – Tom audience question

Have you watched ‘Sunderland Till I Die’ on Netflix? I ask because what would your advice be to a football team in a relegation battle? Would it be similar to that of a struggling business?

47:20 – Episode wrap up, thank you for listening. You can find Simon Clarkson by searching ‘Think Works’ online.

49:23 – End

Tyto has launched a new series of virtual events series called New Horizons, designed to give us some relief and inspiration during these challenging times. Even while we self-isolate and physically separate, we believe that there’s never been a greater need to come together as business leaders to share knowledge, ideas and experiences.