The Basketball Podcast: EP207 with Cody Royle on Optimization of the Head Coach

RELEASE DATE : 16/03/2022

In this week’s coaching conversation, author and speaker Cody Royle joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on the optimization of the head coach.

Cody Royle is an author, international keynote speaker, podcast host and football coach. He is a the former head coach of AFL Team Canada, the men’s national program for Australian Rules football.

Cody is a standout voice on how pro sports teams create sustained success. He has shared his coaching lessons with elite teams around the world. He challenges the status quo in coaching and is a driving voice in change in coaching. Royle believes that the greatest opportunity for performance gains is in the optimization of the head coach.

His widely-acclaimed debut book, Where Others Won’t, is a go-to guide of easily-implementable leadership strategies that have been quality-tested by some of the world’s most iconic and successful teams. Cody’s Podcast Where Others Won’t is on all your favorite podcast hosts & can be located here

Cody is the author of two books The Tough Stuff and Where Others Won’t. You can find both books here: Cody Royle Books

The Tough Stuff is a #1 Amazon bestseller in Australia and Canada. Focused on the human experience of head coaching, The Tough Stuff outlines how the emotional and mental toll placed on head coaches detracts from their ability to perform when it matters most. Where Others Won’t looks at how intelligent teams are able to organize and utilize their people to create competitive advantage. Often, the teams that create sustained success are those who break all the rules and search for ideas where others aren’t willing to go.

You can find Cody here

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Cody Royle Coach Quotes:

“One of the things is, I’m not tied to any of the politics. And so that comes with a huge advantage, in that you can just go straight to the issue.”

“We [coaches] are supposed to be the experts in human performance and . . we’re the ones putting ourselves in these situations where we already know, we’ve already proven, where your observation declines significantly, your communication declines significantly, your decision making declines significantly, your attention to detail declines significantly.”

“You can coach yourself, you can create your own interventions with your self-talk, like you would create interventions in practice for your players, and cut yourself off from thinking detrimentally or talking to yourself negatively.”

“The magic of culture, the magic of team sports is the people. It’s the humanity. It’s not the tactics, it’s not the building.”

“What I was trying to do with The Tough Stuff was create a little bit of community; make people realize that you’re not the only coach going through it, it’s okay to talk about it, and start to normalize the conversations around it so that more and more people can talk about it.”

“if you go even further down to the youth level, it’s the same thing. Why can’t you talk to another coach? Why can’t you have just a standing one-hour meeting with another head coach, and you both talk for 30 minutes about just what you’re struggling with? Maybe that’s all you need is just an outlet to verbalize what’s going on in your mind. It doesn’t need to be . . a full time person looking after you. It can just be a colleague or a confidant that can just help unload some of that weight from you.”

“This [having a coach] is a competitive advantage. So, if you don’t, someone else is going to. . they’re coaching way more effectively than you.”

“The team has to get better if you have greater access to your awareness, if you have greater access to your communication skills, if you have better decision making. Those are the three primary coaching skills and the things that decline the most when you’re in a state of depletion.”

“If you want to design what coaching looks like, the game is always first. How do we pass information to the players to help them make more informed decisions or intervene for the players to create an advantage for our team?”

“I would question why are you doing the things that you are doing? Are they designed to give you a competitive advantage? . . That’s a really challenging exercise, but it’s a really helpful exercise for a head coach.”

“Who you become and how interconnected your team is with each other is far more important at that championship level than we give it credit for. You’re trying to create a together group, a group that doesn’t fear taking risks, and that can have some sense of collective intelligence . . and get the job done.”

Cody Royle Breakdown:

1:00 – Why Coaches Need a Coach
3:30 – Third Party
5:00 – Navigating The Weight
8:00 – Stereotypes
10:30 – Importance of Self Talk
16:00 – Advocating Coaches
22:00 – Cultural Barrier
27:30 – Interpretation of Energy
31:30 – Right Players Can Win
35:00 – Experience
38:00 – Bravery
44:00 – Vision From His Team
48:00 – Conclusion

Cody Royle Links from the Podcast:

The Tough Stuff: Seven Hard Truths About Being a Head Coach

The Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell

Brene Brown

Owen Eastwood

Belonging: The Ancient Code of Togetherness

Eddie Jones

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