The Inside Edge

Joanne Broadbent | Creating environments for athletes to thrive

March 15, 2022
The Inside Edge
Joanne Broadbent | Creating environments for athletes to thrive
Show Notes

Welcome to the Inside Edge Podcast with Bhavi Devchand, this is the show that turns the journeys of some of the leading coaches, athletes and leaders into actionable lessons you can implement into your own lives.

Our guest today is Jo Broadbent. Jo averaged a staggering 109 in tests, took 38 ODI wickets and was a World Cup winner in 1997. Like our recent guest Charlotte Edwards, Jo made an incredibly successful transition to the coaching world, leading NSW to over 10 WNCL titles, and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2018 for her services to cricket. 

 She gives incredible insights into managing a wide variety of teams, from the superstars at NSW to ICC developing nations and now in her role as head coach of Northern Districts in New Zealand. A common theme in Jo's philosophies is connection. Connection with each individual player - understanding what makes them tick and allowing them to embrace their quirks and individuality. At the same time, it is about connecting to a common purpose, taking a group of varied individuals and getting them to work towards a common goal. 

In essence, she creates environments where people can belong, rather than have the need to fit in. There is a big difference. Belonging is where you can be your most authentic, natural self and now that despite your imperfections, the people around you still accept you. Fitting in occurs when you think you need to change who you are, in order to be accepted by those around you. 

By creating a psychologically safe environment, we can clear some of this noise, creating space to be in the moment and focus on the task at hand. All of this is easier said than done, however, Jo has done a great job of articulating some methods you can use to move towards a culture based on connection. 

 Feel free to get in touch if you'd like to know more about how you can leverage the power of connection in your own life. The amazing part is that you don't have to be a professional athlete or coach at the elite level to apply some of the tools and techniques discussed, you just need to be open and willing to go into the weeds, do the work and know that you'll be ok on the other side.