RowingChat with Michael D’Eredita who is currently the High Performance Director of the Portugese rowing team. Michael has a background in cognitive psychology as well as a lifelong passion for rowing. He helped found a Finnish University rowing programme and now commutes to Portugal for his work.
Timestamps to the interview:
0.00 Background in rowing
03:00 Link between rowing and organizational behaviour
07:00 Types of leadership style in a rowing club; politics in a rowing club
13:00 Starting a rowing program from scratch
15:00 What does a “difference maker” do? Be transformational before you are transactional
20:00 Start discussions with the metrics of success
22:00 Being the Portugese national team high performance Director – the job started in Finland
25:00 What does a High Performance director do?
28:00 Try to centre around the athletes so their experience is continuous
34:00 Centralised training system based around Luis Teixeira the President of the Federation http://www.worldrowing.com/athletes/athlete/33141/teixeira-luis
37:00 Does decentralised training work?
41:00 Can a coach “change” the people she coaches?
48:00 The uniqueness of rowing and collective experience
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