Welcome to the Art of Winning…

The Power of decisions.
In tight games or situations, the difference between winning and losing can be ONE decision. The team that wins is simply the team that makes the better decisions overall. Before the game. During the game. After the game. Headsport is a company dedicated to better decision making. Winning is always a choice and we want to show you how. Our 6 World leading steps to success are outlined below, all rooted in the revolutionary approach of Positive Thinking…

Athlete Decision Framework
An athlete’s instinctive decision making process is determined by which outcome they value most at any given time. This is not something that can simply be changed or unlearnt. Under stress (High pressure situation), instinct will usually override any learning – good or bad. Understanding an athlete’s instinctive wiring is therefore key to ensuring they consistently make the right decisions at any given moment.
Coach Decision Framework
The impact of a coach’s personality on the success of an athlete or team can never be underestimated. The success of any coach is determined by the ability of the coach to build a robust connection to the athlete(s). The greatest coaches create a level of resonance that ensures the collective psychologies of the coach and athlete becomes more than the sum of the parts.
Team Dynamics
No man is an island. In any team situation different personality types will have an influence on the overall team dynamics. This may or may not be productive. This may be even more challenging in situations where the best technical player is simultaneously having a negative effect on the team. In tight situations where teams are of equal strength, the synergy between the members of the team will be the ultimate determinant of success.
Strategic Implications
Many teams try and replicate patterns and styles of play that were originally created for specific personality types in specific situations. Because they worked, the belief is that this thinking can simply be translated into another context. This is not so. It is critical to understand that an innovative, competitive strategy is one that takes into account what is or is not possible within the mental and skill framework of the existing team.
Management Implications
In order to perform in an optimal space, an athlete must feel free and creative. This will require certain environmental conditions to be in place. The management of athletes is key in this regard. If you ignore these requirements, an athlete can be placed into a stress situation which will have a negative impact on performance even if the athlete is well prepared physically.
Development & Coaching
The mental conditioning of a player is an ongoing process that is in constant flux just as the physical conditioning is. One of the key components of this conditioning is resilience training. Simply put, this is putting athletes safely into uncomfortable psychological situations with the correct tools so that they can learn how to focus in conditions that are sub optimal for their natural individual preferences. Coaching through blocks and fear is also essential.
John Mitchell
International Rugby Coach
Simon Hurry has worked very closely with John personally and on his Varsity Shield campaign with the UKZN Impi side in 2014. The Impi side made the Final for the First time in Varsity Shield history.
I have as a coach, not spent enough time & development focussing on individual character strengths and understanding personality types. I see now why my message has been misunderstood at key times. A coach’s relationship with a player can be improved significantly by understanding who they are as a person. More importantly, this takes the guess work out of the equation and ensures that the mentorship space is maintained between coach and player. This allows for the development of an ideal learning environment and the attainment of key strategic objectives.
John Mitchell