How business coaching and Paul helped footballer Ollie on road to stardom

Premiership star in action

Ollie Watkins who joined Aston Villa from Brentford after Exeter in a club-record deal. - Credit: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Financial businesses received some great business tips – and heard how ‘psychological repositioning’ helped South Devon and Newton Abbot’s footballing star Ollie Watkins hit the big time.

The inspirational advice came from former football league manager Paul Tisdale who was the special guest of Skipton For Intermediaries.

The building society has been running regular bitesize webinars covering a range of topics to support financial intermediaries and their clients.

One of the latest events featured Paul. He was manager at Exeter City for 12 successful years. He is also part of Team-i, a business that works with companies helping them to improve performance by sharing management strategies and insights learned from professional sport.

Paul explained the key elements of successful teams. Defining future success, setting a direction and getting your recruitment right are just some of the skills needed  Paul said: “I might be the first into work and the last to leave, but I’m always conscious of the strategies needed to support on-the-spot decision making – how to make decisions under extreme pressure. In reality that might mean my most positive and productive part of a working day is just 5 minutes. The trick is knowing which five minutes.”

Paul revealed his 5/5/5 model for success: 5 days to think; 5 weeks to do and 5 months to aspire.

Skipton’s local business development manager, Jon Rawley, hosted the event and asked Paul how coaching had helped Ollie, who was with Paul at Exeter, all the way to the Premiership now with Aston Villa and into the England national team.

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“Ollie is a great character and has all the attributes needed to succeed at the highest level. However, earlier in his career he was struggling for form and spent a year on loan at Weston Super Mare. Via psychological repositioning – which is all about how it feels to play well and score goals rather than the physical aspect of playing – I was able to help Ollie"

Torbay mortgage adviser Chris Milner of Mr Mortgages said after the event: "The techniques can just as easily be applied by a teacher to a pupil, a parent to a child and amongst colleagues in the workplace."