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EP #94: Building and sustaining high performance teams (England Rugby)

In this special episode of the GovComms Podcast, contentgroup CEO David Pembroke speaks to Eddie Jones, Head Coach of the English Rugby Union.

This podcast is a recording of a session from the 2020 GovComms Festival. To see even more content from the GovComms Festival, please visit the GovComms Institute website. Over the coming months, we will be uploading all of the content from the Festival to the website, so stay tuned!






In this episode of the podcast, David and Eddie discuss team Eddie’s success in building and sustaining high performing teams in the sport of rugby. Eddie reveals his keys to motivation and creating a vision so that your team can achieve its goals, no matter what industry you’re in.

The stage is set as we learn that government communications teams have a real opportunity, in the age of digital transformation, to jump from being an under resourced function to taking a position of strength and leadership. Eddie then shares how to go about creating a team that is continually improving and providing value.

Some important questions that are examined include: how to build an inspiring story for a team to follow, how to get team members to give their best in pursuit of your vision and why it is beneficial to surround yourself with people who represent different perspectives. This is an essential watch for those looking to improve their skills in leadership communication.

Discussed in this episode:

  • How Eddie Jones leads national sporting teams.
  • Why listening skills are important to leadership and continuous improvement.
  • Set long-term goals and visions that your team will follow and be motivated by.

About the Author

Eddie Jones is an Australian rugby union coach and former player who is now the head coach of the England Rugby union team. Eddie Jones took charge of several domestic Japanese and Australian teams such as Randwick, Suntory Sungoliath and the ACT Bru...