Leader Manager Coach Podcast


Welcome to The Leader Manager Coach Podcast, where we take a deep dive examining knowledge, philosophies, wisdom and insight to help you lead, manage and coach in football, sport and life.Leader Manager Coach is presented by Rob Ryles. Rob is a UEFA qualified coach with a League Managers Association qualification and a science and medicine background. He has worked in the football industry in Europe, USA and Africa; at International, Premiership, League, Non League and grass roots levels with both World Cup and European Championship experience.


  • What Is Your Life Built On

    What Is Your Life Built On

    02/11/2020 Duração: 34min

    Rob is taking inspiration from Ryan Halliday and discusses 10 guiding principles, ‘your badass rules’ that make up your DNA, that you will not be moved from because they are your values considered and contemplated and a fundamental part of you. How many people stop and take the time to think about what they really want from life and where they want to go? To be alive is to be in the fight so it’s vital you stop and work out what principles will form the foundations for your life and guide you through the maelstrom of with its ups and downs.   KEY TAKEAWAYS Make haste slowly – currently, the demand is for now but take the time for clarity of thought, patience and the time to examine things. Seize the day – everyone is on a journey through life with birth at the beginning and death at the end, its important to do things that make a difference. Do it if you are going to do it – whatever you are doing make sure you do it well. Whatever is rightly done, is noble – doing a job well is something to feel happy an

  • The Soul of a Team: Dr Pippa Grange

    The Soul of a Team: Dr Pippa Grange

    26/10/2020 Duração: 28min

    Today Rob shares key takeaways he gleamed from an interview with Pippa Grange. Pippa used to work for the football association as a head of people and team development. She has some incredible knowledge and an amazing and unique perspective. Listen in today for some insightful narrative around what it takes to create a successful team.   KEY TAKEAWAYS   If you’re involved with people, organisations, leadership and managing people and teams, then LMC Podcast is completely relevant to your world. You don’t have to be involved in football. Pippa talked about working on the ‘soul’ of a team. Rob can’t think of more beautiful way of describing the work that a coach does.  If you are a leader, you will be the custodian of the culture. If you do not learn to switch on and off then your life will suffer. Support networks are key, without them people will not succeed. Life is not a ‘DIY’ job. Understanding where the true power lies within an organisation/team is how you will truly understand where the actual influe

  • Seven Stoic Pillars To Help You Climb Your Mountain

    Seven Stoic Pillars To Help You Climb Your Mountain

    18/10/2020 Duração: 31min

      Today Rob talks about two individuals who he believes have strongly earned the right to be listened to and be taken note of. Ryan Holiday, a prolific bestselling American Author and Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and author of well known book ’12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos’   They come from totally different places and have completely different experiences but are both incredible providers of wisdom, listen in today to learn more.   KEY TAKEAWAYS   The foundation of Ryan’s work is ‘stoic philosophy’. A fundamental concept for a successful life. Ryan focuses on 7 key pillars, all of which are easy to put into your life and will have a profound effect on how you live. Rob outlines all seven in the podcast. Jordan Peterson talks very passionately about the concept of suffering, clearly linking it to religious texts. There are very similar themes in both Jordan's and Ryan's philosophies. Everybody wants wealth and ‘all the great things’ but if you want this then you need to lo

  • The Road to Mymensingh – Finding the One

    The Road to Mymensingh – Finding the One

    11/10/2020 Duração: 33min

    Today Rob talks about football in Bangladesh and the second phase in the scouting of new talent there. There’s so much potential and hunger for success in Bangladeshi and there is a lot of commitment – a very exciting time to be involved in football, listen in today to find out more!   KEY TAKEAWAYS There is a real ‘grassroots’ feel in Bangladeshi football . Organisation can be lacking in some areas but structure and support networks are being built on which will help young talent develop. Rob took a trip to Mymensingh, one of many trips to ‘find the one’, to find exceptional talent in football to create a Bangladeshi national team.   BEST MOMENTS    “Seeing the brutal, raw, talent and having that trained eye is the way forward”   “What I’ve experienced in the last two days has just been absolutely unbelievable”   VALUABLE RESOURCES   Leader Manager Coach Podcast   Beyond Winning by Gary Walton   ABOUT THE HOST   Rob Ryles is a UEFA A licensed coach with a League Managers Association qualifi

  • In Memory of Granga Interview With Luke Wareham

    In Memory of Granga Interview With Luke Wareham

    04/10/2020 Duração: 38min

    Today Rob talks to Luke, who he actually met when he was going to hire a car; Luke struck Rob as he gave incredible customer service. They got talking about Football and Rob discovered Luke’s incredible story all about opportunity, adversity and motivation.   This interview is arguably the best example of the LMC ethos, what it is ‘all about’ so tune in today listen to this inspiring story.   KEY TAKEAWAYS Luke was greatly influenced by his grandad, a very successful entrepreneur with a keen interest in sport, he gave Luke great support, motivation and inspiration throughout his life. Luke had a keen interest in playing football even from as young as 2, as he got a bit older the people around him noticed that he had more talent than the ‘average’ kid. Luke put in a lot of hard work and was lucky enough to represent Stoke on Trent around the country, he had very promising football career ahead of him. At the age of 14 Luke suffered a severe injury when playing football, it changed his entire life course. W

  • Philosopher Coaches: Vince Lombardi

    Philosopher Coaches: Vince Lombardi

    27/09/2020 Duração: 30min

    In the first of what is set to be a fascinating dive into the philosophies of some of the world’s greatest and most legendary coaches, Rob discusses the peerless Vince Lombardi, regarded by many to be the greatest coaches and leaders in the history of American sports.   KEY TAKEAWAYS It is as important to ensure that our character is in as good shape as our skill set. We need to lead by example in not just what we can do, but how we do it.  Anyone who is regarded as a great coach, is more than likely blessed with not just technical prowess, but also a philosopher of life, and a student of the human psyche.  If we have nothing to strive for, and if we are not attempting to be the best version of ourselves, then we are missing a vital component in self-development.  Progress should be measured in effort and not results. It is far better to suffer a valiant defeat than it is to score a lucky victory.  BEST MOMENTS ‘We’re only ready for what we’re ready for, at the time we’re ready for it’  ‘Life is so much

  • Five Things That Leaders Do

    Five Things That Leaders Do

    20/09/2020 Duração: 29min

    Everything in life may be perceived as an act of leadership, depending on where we’re coming from. But as potential leaders we can also always improve. In this week’s show, Rob talks about the five things that all great leaders have in common, and how you can apply them to your own leadership style. KEY TAKEAWAYS Whichever way you tackle things, always aim to do it in a state of calmness. Acting in a rash, thoughtful manner will provide certainty, and help to remove the emotion from the decision. Develop the patience and wisdom to know when to sit a situation out. Sometimes we can do more good by removing ourselves from a conflict. If you want to be at the top of your game, you must develop patience. The greatest successes come at the end of the “long game”. Recognise your own fallibility and develop the ability to forgive and move on. No one is perfect, least of all yourself. BEST MOMENTS ’There’s no point in two people drowning’ ‘Your happiness is totally dependent on one decision’ ’The only thing t

  • The Four Elements Of Success In Elite Youth Football

    The Four Elements Of Success In Elite Youth Football

    13/09/2020 Duração: 27min

    Rob’s career has seen him gifted with the opportunity to lead, serve, guide and help many youth players around the world. Along the way, not only have friendships been cultivated, but lessons learned. In this week’s show, Rob shares his wisdom on the four elements that lead to success in the careers and lives of elite youth players. KEY TAKEAWAYS Physical - Strength, speed, power and proprioception are the core building blocks for any competitive athlete. Technical brilliance is not enough. Strong Support Network - The life of an elite player is tough. Players need a strong support network in order to see them through the harder moments. A Burning Desire And A Psychological Resistance - The journey to success will involve challenges and times when you require resilience. The Appropriate Technical Ability - You have to have the basic elements of proficiency as a player, in order to be in with an opportunity. This is an area that can always be improved. BEST MOMENTS ‘If you have a glaring hole in your armou

  • The Wisdom Of Chris Hughton

    The Wisdom Of Chris Hughton

    06/09/2020 Duração: 25min

    This week, Rob draws from the wisdom of famed Premier League manager and coach, Chris Hughton, the man who oversaw the fortunes of such clubs as Newcastle United, Norwich City, and Brighton & Hove Albion.  It’s a discussion that takes in such lessons as dealing with adversity, how instruction comes from every direction, and the importance of responding instead of reacting.  KEY TAKEAWAYS At a young age, even the most minor of setbacks can derail our faith and self-belief. We must instead see it as a challenge, and respond accordingly in order to overcome.  Challenges are a sign that you need to grow or develop in some way. It is up to us to recognise the element requiring work, and grow stronger through it.  The people around us provide lessons continually. Even those who express a negative influence teach us in some way - by showing us the path not to take.  We are eternal students. By embracing our development with humility, we continue on the road to growth, no matter how far down the road we are.  BEST

  • A Coach’s Responsibility To The Next Generation – with Hilton Slack

    A Coach’s Responsibility To The Next Generation – with Hilton Slack

    30/08/2020 Duração: 01h16min

    Rob talks to swimming coach, Hilton Slack, one of the most successful in his pursuit, about the challenges of coaching and leadership, the responsibility we have to the generation of tomorrow, and the many lessons learned during his long and illustrious career.   KEY TAKEAWAYS Many coaches begin by splitting their time during the day, working a full-time job in the daytime, and coaching in the evenings. It’s a great way of getting coaching time under the belt before taking it up professionally.  Coaching is about displaying your belief in someone. It involves long term development, and the process of coaching someone to their best current ability, then gradually pushing them further.  Coaches starting out are not doing it for the salary, which can be pitifully small at the outset. They do it for the love of the sport, and because of a desire to shape and mould the skills and lives of others.  Young people are so impressionable. The responsibility we have as shapers of youth is critical. Imprinting a positiv

  • Leo Tolstoy’s Coaching Wisdom – Episode 12

    Leo Tolstoy’s Coaching Wisdom – Episode 12

    23/08/2020 Duração: 26min

    Rob continues his fascinating look at the philosophies of Leo Tolstoy, and the insightful ways in which his teachings can positively impact coaching and mentoring practices. In this week’s edition, Rob talks about the importance of celebrating achievement, why we must always find the time to communicate effectively, and measuring life through deeds. KEY TAKEAWAYS Make sure that our lives are about learning. Each day should carry some note of achievement. The best way to mark these out is to make a practice of journaling. Look carefully and listen deeply within our quest. Too many of us miss the opportunity for true growth by not listening effectively. Base your life on deeds, not words. We are very good at making resolution for our lives, but not always the best at seeing them through. We can only measure ourselves through action. Look for the ways in which we can imprint our authority upon every task. Take each one to heart and allow our personalities to shine through. BEST MOMENTS ’The next year is boun

  • The 5 Key Characteristics of The Elite Special Forces

    The 5 Key Characteristics of The Elite Special Forces

    16/08/2020 Duração: 28min

    In this week’s edition of the podcast, Rob talks about the special characteristics that those in the Elite Special Forces must develop in order to become the best, and how you can emulate and learn from those with a higher level of leadership.   KEY TAKEAWAYS Books are the inexpensive pathways into the lives and journeys of great leaders. We are fortunate that the great thinkers and leaders have seen fit to record their teachings for future generations. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Preparation gives us all a higher level of confidence. The planning and forethought allow us to understand what is possible, and can positively affect outcomes. Creativity isn’t “nice", but it is absolutely necessary. Frameworks and structure are the bedrock of all strategy. But we must have the flair and intelligence to be able to react to any given situation creatively. We must alter our mindset and endeavour to pursue a more cooperative outlook. By embracing the intuitions, ideas and input of others we make ourselves stronger.

  • Captain Class

    Captain Class

    09/08/2020 Duração: 34min

      This week, Rob talks about an inspiring work of literature, ’The Captain Class: The Hidden Force Behind The World’s Greatest Teams’ by Sam Walker; a work that sells itself on the proposition that “A great leader is not what you think"   KEY TAKEAWAYS Teams don’t find success through the efforts of one person. But sometimes one person can act as the “magic ingredient” that causes a team to coalesce into its finest form. This is the “captain class” theory. It is an interesting phenomenon, that those fitting the criteria of the “captain theory” are not necessarily the best players. It is more about their effect than their talent. The true “captain class” are the ones who play on the boundaries, and who push others in creative, supportive ways. There is no substitute for support. Those who provide the hidden leadership are the ones who “box ears and wipe noses" BEST MOMENTS ‘If anything’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well’ ‘It's the culture and the management at the club that matter’ ‘When they play,

  • Ed Wolecki Black Interview

    Ed Wolecki Black Interview

    02/08/2020 Duração: 41min

    Rob talks to one of Scotland’s most successful player/managers, Ed Wolecki Black, former manager of Glasgow City, Airedrieonians, and Celtic Women, about his life in the game and his most valuable insights as a coach, as well as the many victories and challenges he has faced over his vast and varied career.   KEY TAKEAWAYS A good coach is one who accepts the wisdom of those who teach, and who instils a sense of respect in those who learn. Preparation is a long term game. Fans think that the work only begins shortly before a match, but the great coaches know that growth is a long term pursuit. Football is a game, and a passion, that transcends the barrier of sex. Women’s football is as thrilling and as passionate as men’s, and Ed is a pioneer in making sure that it is as recognised as its counterpart. Trophies are the aim for the club itself, but when we as coaches look back upon our careers, it is the people and the moments of inspiration that we treasure. BEST MOMENTS ’The papers summed it up as “The Tom

  • Leo Tolstoys Coaching Wisdom Episode 11

    Leo Tolstoy's Coaching Wisdom Episode 11

    26/07/2020 Duração: 24min

    Rob continues his fascinating look at the philosophies of Leo Tolstoy, and the insightful ways in which his teachings can positively impact coaching and mentoring practices. In this episode, Rob discusses the importance of self-knowledge, the power of words, why we should obey the voice of our conscience, and why we should always stand by our own philosophies. KEY TAKEAWAYS Every journey begins with self-knowledge. We must know ourselves before we can effectively understand our ability to influence. Words have the power to create worlds, change lives and shape those around us. Never underestimate the value of well-chosen language. Knowledge should not be measured in quantity, but quality. Focus your attention on the things that matter and build your library of knowledge around it. Understanding rights and responsibilities is fundamental to societal success, organisational success, and individual happiness and progress.  BEST MOMENTS ‘If you speak too much, it will be to your own detriment’ ‘We need to s

  • A Journey Without A Map

    A Journey Without A Map

    19/07/2020 Duração: 23min

    Life itself is a journey without a map. We’re born, and must find our way through the journey of existence with no predefined blueprint to follow. In this week’s show, Rob discusses the multi-faceted and varied journeys we all take, and what commonalities link all pilgrimages through life.   KEY TAKEAWAYS We often find that it’s far easier to make important decisions about lives other than our own, but when it comes to our own choices, we hesitate. Those who have goals and aspirations, and who achieve those milestones, understand the importance of willpower and determination. We must always push forward. Love and happiness only come from connections and relationship. Without them, we have no true purpose or direction. You never know when or how your labours will be rewarded. Sometimes they bear fruit in tenuous ways, but effort is always rewarded eventually. BEST MOMENTS ‘We don’t get a map. We all choose our own course’ ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’ ’If you think good education

  • Eddie Jones. Coaching

    Eddie Jones. Coaching

    12/07/2020 Duração: 26min

    Coaching is a pursuit that takes place across many different disciplines. The finest leaders know that knowledge and wisdom are universal. After listening to a marvellous masterclass in the art of coaching from rugby coach, Eddie Jones, Rob is inspired to share some of the finest points of the interview, and the wisest lessons learned, so that you can become the best coach you can be. KEY TAKEAWAYS If you want to be successful in life, then you have to follow your passion. This requires a knowledge of one’s self, and what drives us. People who reach the pinnacle of their field, often do not become the great coaches. The great coaches are usually those who did not reach the top, but who developed drive, desire and resilience from not doing so. Perhaps the greatest skill that any coach can develop is the skill of drawing someone out of their comfort zone. The psychological side of coaching a team is not just in the game, but also in knowing when someone’s outlook or mood needs work. It can be as simple as enc

  • Kicking On. The Connor Taylor Interview

    Kicking On. The Connor Taylor Interview

    05/07/2020 Duração: 36min

    Rob talks to young up-and-coming player, Connor Taylor, about life from the perspective of one of football’s most promising future stars.   KEY TAKEAWAYS Perseverance and dedication are two qualities that Connor was forced to learn quickly in his youth. Setbacks are magnified by youth. Resilience is formed swiftly. As a football player, even in the role of defender, you must have the skills to take chances when they come along. Training and development are vital. The best coaches are the ones who recognise the best positions for players based on their strengths. The best players are the ones who get on with it. Opportunities don’t come all the time, but with self-belief, and faith from those who guide, we can make sure the chances are handed to us if we work hard. BEST MOMENTS ’Never give up, no matter what happens’ ‘If it’s your dream to do well in football, then you can’t give up’ ’There’s more to it than just somebody’s opinion’ ’Nobody’s going to let you win' VALUABLE RESOURCES   Leader Mana

  • Leo Tolstoys Coaching Wisdom Episode 10

    Leo Tolstoy's Coaching Wisdom Episode 10

    28/06/2020 Duração: 23min

    Rob continues his fascinating look at the philosophies of Leo Tolstoy, and the insightful ways in which his teachings can positively impact coaching and mentoring practices. In this episode, we look at the power of true listening, the importance of detachment, and what it means to “close the gap”. KEY TAKEAWAYS We are all students, and should embrace the attitude that we are always learning. Humility and curiosity are the gateways to knowledge. The results of any situation are not within our control. Embrace this fact and realise that the only control we have is over the present. Closing the gap means narrowing the space between how we think, how we speak and how we act. It is the alignment of these actions with who we are inside. Power does not come from physical action. It comes from thought and considered action as a result of that thought.  BEST MOMENTS ‘A student is not afraid to try things and figure out what works, and what doesn’t’ ‘You are responsible for the process, but you are not responsibl

  • Spencer Fearn Interview

    Spencer Fearn Interview

    21/06/2020 Duração: 51min

    Spencer Fearn has devoted himself to developing the next generation of football players, despite the fact that he also spends a significant portion of his life in developing himself in areas such as UEFA licensing and even a business master’s degree. Spencer joins the conversation to discuss the importance of not just instilling the values of the game into his young charges, but also of equipping them for life in general.   KEY TAKEAWAYS It’s important to develop skills other than football in young players, so that even if they miss out on the very limited opportunities available in the game, they’ll have the necessary talents to find other, meaningful pursuits. We need to accept that mistakes are natural. All mistakes are lessons learned. The learning comes from recognising the error and taking the value from it. The great coaches and leaders must hold themselves to the same values and standards that they wish to instil in others. We cannot hope to maintain or nurture respect, when we do no adhere to the

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