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Engage to PerformLearn from elite athletes how to create high performing teams

In this Olympic year, we will doubtless see lots of amazing examples of how elite athletes show incredible focus, motivation and resilience to achieve their goals. But what can business leaders learn from their knowledge and experience?

Athletes get up every morning knowing what is expected of them and what they are going to do to be better than yesterday. At the end of the day, they will know how they have performed and whether they have achieved what they set out to achieve.

However, it is not only athletes who want this. Most employees do not get up wanting to do an average job. They want to know:

  • What is expected of them
  • How they can make a difference
  • That they will be recognised for their input.
Employees have expectations just like elite athletes. Whilst athletes focus on wanting to be ‘faster, stronger, higher,’ employees want to be ‘focused, involved and appreciated.’

Frazer Rendell, Business Improvement and Employee Engagement specialist, and Andy Barrow, triple Paralympian and former captain of the GB wheelchair rugby team, have come together to deliver a unique insight into how elite athletes develop the intrinsic motivation to reach Olympic standard.  Frazer will draw from Andy’s experience to show how these principles can be used as techniques in a work environment, to create your own high performing teams.

The three-hour workshop will review Andy’s story from the time he had his accident, to leading out the Great Britain wheelchair rugby team at Beijing 2008, through to his final tournament as an elite athlete in London 2012.  Simultaneously, Frazer will provide a model that demonstrates how the actions of elite athletes are aligned to those of high performing teams in the work place.

At the end of the three hours, you will leave with both the knowledge and the techniques in your ‘kit bag’ to help create your own high performing team.


Workshop Overview

During the workshop, we will explore how the areas that help develop elite athletes will create your high performing teams.  These include:

How elite athletes have a clear purpose and how this can be translated into work to ensure that the actions and behaviours of each of your team members are aligned to achieve success.

How elite athletes can work together to achieve their goals, and how teams in the workplace can use this to shape how they achieve their targets.

How feedback can be used to drive future improved performance.

Workshop Presenters

Frazer Rendell

Frazer Rendell

Frazer has 25 years of senior operational experience in hospitality, retail and healthcare.  As part of this, Frazer delivered cultural change and engagement training to teams in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Taiwan and the US.

Frazer was so passionate about this work that he subsequently set up his own business in 2013.  E-trinity work on the simple premise that:

 ‘people deliver the service that delivers the finance’. 

To be successful, it always has to start with people!  To help organisations achieve this, e-trinity provide managers at all levels with a ‘kit bag’ of techniques to create engaging cultures and high performing teams.

Frazer is also Chair of the Performance Management and Engagement research group for ‘Engage for Success’, supported by Cranfield University.  Frazer was invited to present the initial findings from this engagement research at the CIPD Applied Research Conference at Strathclyde University.

Frazer is also a guest speaker at Coventry University and Oxford Brookes University for HR Masters degree students.  He has written articles for The Telegraph, People Management, Hospitality Magazine and was nominated as a Top 30 HR influencer by Perkbox.  His clients include Ordnance Survey, Hargreaves Lansdowne, Vodafone and more recently Medway Council.

Andy Barrow

Andy Barrow

After sustaining a devastating spinal-cord injury at the age of just 17, that left him paralysed from the chest down and needing to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life, Andy’s life was transformed when he discovered wheelchair rugby. He quickly fell in love with the sport and vowed to do everything in his power to rise to the top.

Andy’s international career encompassed three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he was part of the record-breaking team that won three gold medals in a row. He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, and ended his career on a high after the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Andy started out as an athlete mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Sporting Champions, before going it alone to develop his hugely successful teamwork-based, “3Cs Challenge”. He went on to use this template to create bespoke itineraries for schools across the UK and internationally.

Now an international speaker and mentor, Andy delivers keynotes and training on the theme of performance, using his knowledge about what makes a successful team to inspire and motivate corporate audiences to perform better. He shares the skills acquired during his successful career in elite sport to give employees powerful insights into what it takes to be the best.

Next Steps

For more information about these workshops, in the first instance please contact Frazer Rendell who will be happy to discuss your requirements further.


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