Jay Hedley helps Head Coach Gareth Baber extract the best from men's the Fiji Rugby 7s Team. As featured in the Fiji Sun
Jay Hedley is managing partner of The Coaching Room. He has been working with Andrew Hore since April 2017.
We are proud to be part of the Fiji Rugby 7s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Team.
We have been working with Gareth Baber, the Coaching Staff and Playing team for more than 3-years on this campaign, winning the 2019 World Series title and the 2021 Oceania Tournament (V Australia and New Zealand) along the way.
Results – in 2018, we helped Waratahs Rugby change their culture and move from 4th last at the end of season 2018 to semi-finals in 2019. We have worked with the Waratahs and NSW Leadership team including CEO Andrew Hore, Administration staff, Management staff, Coaching staff including Head Coach Daryl Gibson and his assistant coaches, as well as the players themselves.
Working with NSWIS leaders and coaches in communication, leadership and teamwork skill development.
We continue to support NSWIS in 2019.
Results – in 2020 we worked with Red Bull Racing on understanding personality and communication within the team. Red Bull completed the season as number 2 behind Mercedes and currently lead the season for the first time in 2021.
In May 2021, we began working with the Firebirds coaching staff and Netball team in building a high-performance culture. We continue with this work and look forward to the results in this and coming seasons.
“As a sports coach and leader, I am exposed to the numerous, differing and diverse issues which can affect performance Through the work I have accomplished with Jay, I feel that I am beginning to have a greater understanding of these issues as well as those strategies which are required to enable an individual and team to rationalise and overcome such problems.
The focus of this work has very much surrounded my own coaching process and specifically my own inbuilt belief system.
Through challenging this process and mindset, I am recognising how my own personality and characteristics play a pivotal role in my coaching and particularly my relationships with my players.
I believe that anyone in a similar position and having someone in your Management Group with Jay's quality skills and vision is fundamental in enabling both oneself and the team to unlock their potential.”
I wasn’t systemic in my approach. So I’m changing the way I work. I have a terrible habit of living in the worst-case scenario. That can be extremely unhealthy, because I’m walking around in a world where it’s raining every day and there are probably vampires.
So, one of the things I had to do was stop thinking about the worst that could happen. Jay calls it looking at things through frames: you have a perception that’s largely opinion, not fact, and so you enter a conversation or a situation looking through that frame. What I like about what Jay does is he unpacks that perception and identifies the bits that are based on fact. What’s really nice is Jay is now teaching my leadership group how they can help teach others. It’s about getting them to account for their behaviour and then help those below them.
Working with Jay has made an inordinate amount of difference to my personal life, too, particularly in my relationship with my oldest son.