Beyond the X’s and O’s Podcast: Uncovering the Dark Side of Coaching with Cody Royle

In order for athletes to achieve peak performance, coaches need to strive to be high performers themselves.

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The Coaches Site is proud to host the Beyond the X’s and O’s with Dr. Cassidy Preston and Chris DePiero in our podcast network! Stay tuned for weekly episodes as they help coaches develop the “human” skills of leadership.

Cody Royle is the Head Coach of AFL Team Canada, the men’s national team for Australian Rules Football. He was born and raised in Australia, but has lived in Canada for over a decade now. Cody has spent the last number of years researching, interviewing, and writing about leadership, culture, and performance. As a result he is the author of two books on these subjects, Where Others Won’t and The Tough Stuff. In addition he has his own podcast titled, Where Others Won’t, where he has interviewed the likes of Joe Dumars, Adam Grant, Patti McCord, Michael Gervais, James Kerr, Rasmus Ankersen, Tony Granato and Peter DeBoer.

Our discussion with Cody validated a lot of what our experiences and assumptions have been about coaching. Cody provided both anecdotal as well as empirical evidence to support the concept that coaches need to be high performers themselves, which in turn allows for their athletes to achieve peak performance. This self-care included nutrition, sleep, fitness, and most importantly in having someone to work with, a listening partner, who is outside of the inner circle who has no judgement, and is totally impartial.

Cody’s discussion is a great kick off to season 3 of the Beyond the X’s and O’s Podcast. Listeners are sure to take away numerous insights on how to be an effective coach and leader with today’s athlete. Enjoy the discussion.

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Beyond the X's and O's Podcast

The Beyond the X’s & O’s Podcast is hosted by Dr. Cassidy Preston, a Mental Performance Coach & founder of CEP Mindset, & Chris De Piero, a High-Performance Coach that has spent the past 30+ years in the game of hockey within the NHL, Hockey Canada, OHL, and European pro hockey. Cassidy is one of Chris’ former players where they won OPJHL Championship together in 2006. This podcast was born from their shared passion for helping coaches and leaders to go Beyond the X’s & O’s and develop the ‘human’ skills of leadership. Outside of the podcast they work together at CEP Mindset where they coach elite athletes, coaches, teams, and high-performing executives to achieve Consistent Elite Performance.

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