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Podcast: Episode 39 – Damian Hughes Pep Talk


This week on the podcast we speak to organisational psychologist Damian Hughes about his new book “The Barcelona Way” and how top sports teams create winning cultures. Damian has been working with Scotland since Gregor Townsend took charge and although we don’t talk about Scotland specifically Damian provides a real insight into what it takes to create a successful team culture and lessons that can be learned from Barcelona.

Damian will be speaking about the book at Waterstones on Princes Street in Edinburgh on 5 September and you can find details of the even here.

This week we also speak to Lana Skeldon from Watsonian’s Women and Owen Wetherhead from Berwick Rugby Club about their pre-seasons.

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2 Responses

  1. Hmm Josh Strauss’s twitter profile says Glasgow… suspect it’s historical unfortunately.

  2. Late wheres Dougie donnelly;

    Undefeated British and Irish lion Allan Dell was meeting with his wedding planner at the table next to me in montpelliers (the bar in bruntsfield) last week.

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