Decision making under presssure

Businesses are having to make some very tough decisions at present. So it is good to hear from elite rugby player,  Carl Rimmer, who won the Aviva Premiership with Exeter Chiefs, talking about how he prepared so he could make the right decisions under pressure on the rugby field. Carl’s advice: get your processes right; focus on those and not just the outcomes; reflect and learn. As ever business can learn a lot from sport.

The importance of Teamwork when working remotely

With the increase in remote working and the likelihood that this will continue for the foreseeable future. Ensuring that Teamwork is optimised will face different challenges. Jamie Martin of Correct Careers Coaching and I discuss some ideas and solutions.

Team-i/Swindon Wildcats: ‘What business can learn from sport’ workshops a success

The final workshop in the first Team-i/Swindon Wildcats: ‘What business can learn from sport programme’ ran yesterday. Thanks to all delegates who participated so well in the programme, here are a few comments:

Aaron Nell, Swindon Wildcats, Team-i, Teamwork Leadership development workshop
Aaron Nell at Team-i Swindon Wildcats at the teamwork and leadership workshop in Swindon

Philip Bishop of Perry Bishop Chambers said: “Really useful content on how to lead and motivate teams. I would thoroughly recommend the programme”

Dave Marshall of Morris Owen said: “Great practical examples from sport that dovetail into business.”

The next programme starts on 21 April, contact for full details.

Team-i’s Tim Thurston and Carl Rimmer at the Standoff in Exeter

Tim Thurston and Carl Rimmer presented the key elements of a high performing team to an engaged audience at the Standoff in Exeter.

Team-i, What Business can learn from sport, Carl Rimmer, Tim Thurston, Gareth Steenson, Exeter Chiefs, Steve Perryman, Spurs
Team-i’ Carl Rimmer and Tim Thurston with Steve Perryman and Gareth Steenson outside the Standoff in Exeter

Following the presentation, Gareth Steenson of the Exeter Chiefs joined Carl for a Q&A session. Also present was Spurs legend Steve Perryman, who added further insight.

The event was well received with several businesses showing interest in further events. Details of these will follow shortly.

Swindon Wildcats/Team-i team development and leadership workshops launched

The first in a programme of four workshops was well received by 20 business people in Swindon.

Team-i’s Tim Thurston and Swindon Wildcats’s head coach, Aaron Nell delivered an interactive workshop, which shared the key elements of high performing teams and how the Wildcats achieved their success by putting the Team first.

The reaction from the cohort of local business people was very positive:

Philip Tweed,  WD40’s Development Director said:

“Tim and Aaron from Team-i have a highly-developed Team Building model that draws from extensive research, coupled with their first rate business and sporting experience.  Their program of workshops will help any business, or organisation, transform the way it thinks of  Teamwork and improve their fundamental approach to the challenge of Building Great Teams”.

Ian Quartermaine of William Hinton said:

“I came away from the workshop with Team-i feeling motivated and inspired.  Often management workshops can feel a little bit tired, but introducing Aaron Nell from the Wildcats in Swindon  really complemented Tim Thurston’s workshop style.  The interaction between the group was vibrant and I really enjoyed the afternoon.”

The second session in the series takes place on Tuesday 12 November.

The workshop will build on the first session and will focus on:

  • Embedding the essential key elements of a successful team into your team
  • How to recruit the right people into the right roles
  • How to develop your culture
  • How to engage your team and fully utilise their attributes

For more information contact

Team-i launch event with Burrington Estates

The launch of Team-i’s unique suite of training programmes took place in the plush surroundings of Dean Clarke House in Exeter…home of leading property development and investment company Burrington Estates.

A selection of hand-picked South West business leaders were invited to attend a bespoke morning at which Tim Thurston and Kai Horstmann of Team-i demonstrated their course programme and gave examples of how the curriculum could be adapted for companies in a variety of ways.

Tim explains: “Dean Clarke House is as a fantastic meeting space and we are grateful to Mark Edworthy, MD of Burrington Estates, for offering us this facility. He was impressed when Kai and I initially spoke to him about our plans – so much so that he offered us the chance to demonstrate to key businesses hosted at his company HQ.

Those invited on the day included representatives from businesses such as Devon County Council, Prydis Wealth, Redrok, Keane & Parker, the Organic Agency and  Buddy Creative.

Kai and Tim led them in a bespoke training session which gave an overview of the nine-point Team-i and invited comment and interaction on the new programme.

Tim adds: “It was great for us to go ‘live’ with the programme in such prestigious company. Both Kai and I found it was a great exercise in demonstrating what we know businesses can learn from our programme.

“I am pleased to say we had inquiries for follow-up business afterwards and we were delighted to get positive feedback in person on the day.”

Marc Edworthy of Burrington Estates says:

“I am both fascinated by the comparisons between elite sport and successful business also a big fan of Kai. Therefore, I am delighted to help support the launch of this ambitious training company. It has been great to experience some of the training content first hand from which I have already implemented a couple of ideas from the sporting world into our business”