Interviewing Pippa Grange – head of team culture at the England football team
During the last World Cup, as we gradually started believing in the prospects of a team whose members had surprised us with their humour, work-rate and calm demeanour there was a wonderful newspaper article that garnered lots of attention about the secrets of their transformation.
The piece introduced us to one of the people responsible for overhauling the mindset of the England squad. Previously players for the national team had always worn the heavy expectations upon them like a stiff and weighty leather overcoat. In the recent past those called up (like Raheem Sterling) have commented that the pressure created by fan aggression has stiffled players’ ability to express themselves creatively.
The nation was collectively astonished to see a very different England mentality this time round. And, as The Guardian article showed, Dr Pippa Grange was one of the people responsible.
I’m absolutely delighted that I’ll be interviewing Pippa at the Good Day at Work event in Manchester in September. Early bird tickets have already sold out and with an extraordinary line-up that includes Adam Kay and Sir Cary Cooper it’s likely to be sold out way before the summer break.
We will be talking about the importance of personalising work, of mental health and the importance of cultivating a sense of resilience. (I’m not sure I’m going to be given permission to turn it into a podcast so – grab a ticket while you can).