The BluePrint

High Performance is a science-based, holistic process of achieving excellence in every field. On Dr. Erik Korem’s new podcast, The BluePrint, he explores the methods and mindsets that build and sustain High Performing humans through his experience as a sports scientist working with the NFL, Olympians and other elite athletes. He invites athletic champions, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other exceptional people to discuss their struggles and triumphs while educating and motivating listeners on their High-Performance Journeys. Dr. Erik Korem is a High-Performance pioneer that implements sports science and athlete tracking technologies with collegiate and professional (NFL) football teams. He has worked with the National Football League, Power-5 NCAA programs, gold medal Olympians, Nike, and the United States Department of Defense. Erik is an expert in sleep and stress resilience and the Founder and CEO of AIM7.
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  • #47 Steve Jones: The Twin Thieves Stealing Your Culture

    June 14, 2021

    Steve Jones is the Head Football Coach at Kimberly High School. Jones has compiled a 118-8 record over 10 years, including a Wisconsin state record of 70 wins in a row. Steve’s teams have also won 5 consecutive state championships, and he’s twice been named the Associated Press Coach of the Year. In this episode, Steve and Erik discuss his winning formula, the three ingredients to a great culture, how to battle entitlement, and his new book Twin Thieves – how great leaders build great teams.

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  • #46 Dr. Michael Hole: Applying Human-Centered Design For Social Change

    June 7, 2021

    Dr. Michael Hole is a “street doctor”, professor, and the Founder and Executive Director at the Impact Factory at the University of Texas. In this episode, Michael and Erik discuss how the principles of human-centered design can be applied to tackle the problems facing the vulnerable and underserved.

     

    If you’re looking for information and resources to improve your health, well-being, and performance, then sign up for my Free High Performance Newsletter. Just go to https://www.erikkorem.com and sign-up now. This Newsletter is my effort to bring zero cost, High Performance resources, and tools to anyone with the desire to improve.

     

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  • #45 Elise Mitchell: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential

    June 4, 2021

    Three-time CEO, leadership strategist, executive coach, author, and speaker, Elise Mitchell is helping high-performing leaders unlock their potential. In this episode, Elise and Erik discuss how motorcycle riding changed her life and business, target fixation, evaluating risk, leading self, and much more.

     

    If you’re looking for information and resources to improve your health, well-being, and performance, then sign up for my Free High Performance Newsletter. Just go to https://www.erikkorem.com and sign-up now. This Newsletter is my effort to bring zero cost, High Performance resources, and tools to anyone with the desire to improve.

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  • #44 Dr. Michael Platt: The Neuroscience Behind Leadership

    May 27, 2021

    Dr. Michael Platt is the Director of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Erik and Dr. Platt discuss practical methods to improve creativity, the social brain network, implications of virtual work, ADD and creativity, and so much more.

     

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  • #43 Sandy Korem: Scaling, Performing Under Pressure, & Resiliency – Lessons from a Self-Made Entrepreneur

    May 20, 2021

    Sandy Korem is a former nurse that built a multi-million-dollar catering and food manufacturing company, The Festive Kitchen…oh, and she’s, my mom. In this episode, we discuss performing under pressure, scaling, and the secrets to being profitable. If you are an entrepreneur that has a big hairy audacious goal, this is the podcast for you.

     

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  • #42 Paddy Steinfort: The Power of Attention

    May 20, 2021

    Paddy Steinfort is the Senior Performance Coach for the Boston Red Sox, Host of the Toughness podcast, and advisor at US Army Human Performance. Erik and Paddy discuss focus, psychological flexibility, decision-making, and how to direct your attention during crucible moments.

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  • #41 Dr. Allison Brager: Operation Cognitive Overmatch

    May 20, 2021

    Dr. Allison Brager is a neuroscientist, US Army soldier, Crossfit athlete, and the author of Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain. In this episode we discuss physical and cognitive readiness, naps, caffeine, and the neurobiology of fatigue.

     

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  • #40 Dionne Gumbs: Being a High Performance Entrepreneur

    May 20, 2021

    Dionne Gumbs is a FinTech Bank Entrepreneur driving social impact and economic equity. Dionne and Erik discuss routines and habits of high performance entrepreneurs, engaging fear and embracing the lonely road of excellence.

     

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  • #39 Justin Wren: Fight for the Forgotten

    May 20, 2021

    Justin Wren is a mixed martial artist, humanitarian worker, and founder of Fight for the Forgotten. Erik and Justin discuss performing under pressure, defeating hate with love, and Justin’s fight for the enslaved Mbuti pygmy people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

     

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  • #38 Chip Adams: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders, and Investing in Under Armour

    May 20, 2021

    Former Chief Performance Officer at Under Armour and the Founder of Rose Wood Capital, Chip Adams chats with Erik about evaluating risk, why he invested in Under Armour, and developing future generations of leaders.

     

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  • #37 Carol Stiff: Pivoting, Decision-Making, & Executive Leadership

    May 20, 2021

    ESPN Vice President of Women’s Sports Programming & Acquisitions, Carol Stiff is considered one of the most influential people in women’s college sports. In this episode, Carol explains how the ability to pivot and innovate enabled her to have a successful career. Carol and Erik also leadership, decision making, evaluating risk, and much more.

     

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  • #36 Chris Do: Building your Brand and the New Kind of Billionaire

    May 20, 2021

    Emmy award-winning designer Chris Do is on a mission to teach 1 billion people how to make a living doing what they do. In this episode, Erik and Chris discuss personal branding, novel approaches to growing social media platforms, the new kind of billionaire and much more.

     

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  • #35 Mikado Hinson: Building Relationships, Boxing, and Sustaining Professional Excellence

    May 20, 2021

    Director of Football Player Development at Texas A&M University, Mikado Hinson, discusses the keys to develop trusting and transformational relationships and how to sustain professional excellence without burning out.

     

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  • #34 Kimberly Mitchell: Adaptability, Leadership, and Service

    May 20, 2021

    Senior Vice President for Military, Veteran, and Government Affairs at National University, Kimberly Mitchell is an advocate for our veterans, military families, and Gold Star Families. In this episode, she shares about being adopted by her father as an orphaned baby during the Vietnam War, and how her upbringing in rural Wisconsin prepared her for a life of military service. Kimberly also discusses how developing the skill of adaptability enabled her to excel in various complex roles throughout her career.

     

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  • #33 Wu Han: Music, The Ultimate Team Sport

    May 20, 2021

    Co-Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han is one of the most influential and accomplished classical musicians in the world today. In this episode, Wu Han reflects on her rigorous training as a child, her musical career’s maturation, and how chamber music changed her life.

     

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  • #32 Duncan French: What it Takes to Win

    May 20, 2021

    Dr. Duncan French, Vice President of Performance for the UFC Performance Institute, discusses commonalities of elite performers and how matching values and behaviors is key for success.

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  • #31 Stephanie Wheeler: Creating Belonging, Perception of Disability, and Personal Growth

    May 20, 2021

    Stephanie Wheeler, Paralympic champion as both a coach and player discusses how creating and finding belonging is one of the keys to personal and team growth.

     

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  • #30 Michele DeJuliis: Facing Fear and Overcoming Adversity for Others

    May 20, 2021

    After being a 4-time All-American Lacrosse player at Penn State University, Michele DeJuliis served on the Baltimore SWAT team and then founded the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). In this episode, Michele opens up about how growing up in a broken home inspired her to impact the lives of those in her community, even if it meant risking her own life.

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  • #29 Andrew Hauser: Winning a World Series through Adaptation and Resiliency

    May 20, 2021

    Andrew Hauser is the Director of Performance Rehab for the LA Dodgers. In this episode, we discuss how losing his leg led to a life built on adaptation and resiliency, and how that culminated in winning a World Series in a time where those two skills were at a premium.

     

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  • #28 Betty Ann Hagenau: Stopping Human Trafficking

    May 20, 2021

    Human rights and anti-slavery activist, Betty Ann Hagenau, is the founder of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC). In this conversation, Betty Ann details how and where human traffickers are operating in our local communities, and what we can each do to help stop future trafficking.

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  • #27 Josh Boyd: The Power of Stories, Evaluating Talent, and Leading with Humility

    May 20, 2021

    Josh Boyd is the assistant GM of the Texas Rangers whose unconventional path has given him a unique vantage point for talent evaluation. His powerful story will leave you questioning your own assumptions about what it really takes to succeed.

     

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  • #26 Mark Malcolm: The Greatest Coach You’ve Never Heard Of

    May 20, 2021

    Mark Malcolm is a 42-year coaching veteran that has positively impacted the lives of thousands of young men. He’s a tactical innovator, a world-class educator, and maybe the best coach you’ve never heard of.

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  • #25 Dr. Chris Morris: All Things Stress

    May 20, 2021

    Stress and adaptation expert, Dr. Chris Morris discusses why stress isn’t a bad thing and how we can harness stress to create positive adaptations that allow us to be efficient, productive, and happy.

     

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  • #24 Andrew Martin: Evaluating Risk and How Employee Satisfaction Drives Your Bottom Line

    May 20, 2021

    Business developer, blogger and product reviewer, Andrew Martin discusses his entrepreneurial journey, evaluating risk, and how focusing on employee satisfaction changed the trajectory of his business.

     

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  • #23 Kelly Clendenning: Career Fulfillment, Playing to Your Strengths, Redefining Success

    May 20, 2021

    Kelly Clendenning is a Female Empowerment & Career Coach that helps women leave unsustainable work environments and find jobs they love.

    If you feel stuck in your job and are unhappy, you’ll walk away from this episode with a clear understanding of what a fulfilling career is. Kelly also provides tips on how to play to your strengths and step out and change career confidently.

     

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  • #22 Matt Williams: Overcoming Obstacles, Success through Consistency and Routine, and Bringing Attention to Recovery

    May 20, 2021

    Matt Williams is the co-owner of FROPRO, a clean-food company that makes protein-rich snack bars that are amazing! Matt and his wife Chelsea have built a successful company that they use as a platform to educate, inspire, and bring attention to recovery. Matt’s story is one of hope and inspiration that we all need to hear right now.

     

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  • #21 Aryn Guillory: Entrepreneurship, Hiring, and Building a Team that Loves to Serve

    May 20, 2021

    Aryn Guillory is the owner of Oyster Creek Studios, a full-service interior design studio located in Houston, Texas. In this episode, we discuss the highs and lows of starting a business, hiring and building a team that loves to serve, and the courage required to be an entrepreneur.

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  • #20 Keir Wenham-Flatt: Modeling Elite Performance and Creating Organizational Change

    May 20, 2021

    Keir Wenham-Flatt is a sport consultant, coach educator, and writer with over a decade’s experience working in elite sport. In this episode we discuss how to model performance, pushing back on convention, and how you know it’s time for a career change.

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  • #19 Greg Williams & Brian Marren: Becoming a Cognitive Force Multiplier through Human Behavior Pattern Recognition & Analysis

    May 20, 2021

    Greg Williams and Brian Marren of Arcadia Cognerati are recognized experts in the science and art of Human Behavior Pattern Recognition & Analysis. In this episode we discuss how to become a force multiplier for your organization, the misunderstood OODA loop, adaptation, and change blindness.

     

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  • #18 Elana Meyers Taylor: Facing Fears, Thriving in Uncertainty, and Leading with Conviction

    May 20, 2021

    Elana Meyers Taylor is a 3x Olympic Medalist and a 2x World Champion in Bobsled, and she helped break the gender barrier in the four-man bobsleigh event. In this episode we discuss how she faces fear in a very dangerous sport, and her wild athletic journey.

     

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  • #17 Roman Roberts: Lessons from an Interrogator, and the Science of Safe Conversations

    May 20, 2021

    Roman Roberts is a former Army interrogator, business consultant, foster child, and podcaster. In this episode, we discuss safe and effective communication strategies, negotiation, body language, conversation planning, and myths of communication.

     

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  • #16 Bill Berrien: Rites of passage, developing agile teams, and investing in the future of America

    May 20, 2021

    Bill Berrien is the owner and CEO of Pindel Global Precision, a veteran-owned, contract manufacturer of precision machined components located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In this episode, we discuss modern day rites of passage and the value of deliberately engaging in difficult situations. Bill also details the similarities between special operations and advanced manufacturing, and how his company was able to quickly pivot to create life-saving ventilator components during the COVID pandemic.

     

    Through his varied career spanning military service and business, Bill has demonstrated a passionate about leadership and people development and is excited about the opportunity for advanced manufacturing to benefit the country and its citizenry.

     

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  • #15 Kevin Sullivan: Messaging in a Noisy World, Empathy, and the White House

    May 20, 2021

    Kevin Sullivan is a communications strategist who has previously served as White House Communications Director and as a Senior Vice President for Corporation Communications with NBC Universal. In this episode, we discuss the art of capturing attention with simple and targeted messaging. In addition, Kevin reveals the similarities of the high-performance teams he’s served on – from the Dallas Mavericks to the White House.

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  • #14 Lorien Pratt: Decision Intelligence

    May 20, 2021

    Dr. Lorien Pratt is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence and is credited for inventing transfer learning. Lorien is pushing the boundaries of technology as one of the creators and evangelists for Decision Intelligence, which is the next phase of Artificial Intelligence. In this episode, Lorien details how Decision Intelligence is merging human intelligence and artificial intelligence to create actions that lead to better outcomes.

     

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  • #13 Andy Riise: Overcoming Fear and Developing Mental Toughness

    May 20, 2021

    Andy Riise is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel who served in two elite Special Forces units and was the Mental Performance Coach for the 75th Ranger Regiment. Andy details the difference between resilience and mental toughness, along with debunking the myth of commanders calm. He also discusses how leaders can learn to identify and overcome fear, and how to develop psychological momentum for personal and team success.

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  • #12 Bradley Jackson: The Discipline of the Creative Process

    May 20, 2021

    Writer/Director/Novelist, Bradley Jackson shares his thoughts on the creative process and how to find a rhythm in consistently doing difficult things. Bradley also discusses how creates high performing teams that can thrive in unpredictable situations.

     

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  • #11 Steve Shenbaum: Building a Cohesive Team Through Authentic Relationships

    May 20, 2021

    Nationally recognized expert in communication, leadership, character development, and team building, Steve Shenbaum shares his insights on the power of building trusting and enduring relationships through authentic and empathetic engagement.

     

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  • #10 Dr. John Sullivan: The Brain Always Wins

    May 20, 2021

    Dr. John Sullivan is a Sport Scientist and Clinical Sport Psychologist with over twenty years of clinical and scholarly experience, including sixteen years with the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) coordinating clinical care and sports science. He also holds appointments for the NCAA and is a consultant for the English Premier League, NFL and NFLPA, the elite military in North America (USSOCOM/SOCOM), and NASA. In this episode, Dr. Sullivan discusses drivers for performance and how to create a High Performance environment. He also details the danger of one-size-fits-all performance programs and popular habits that the internet gurus espouse. Finally, we get into a fascinating discussion around the fallacy of “grit” research and the dangers of misinterpreting the 10,000-hour rule.

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  • #9 Nathan Whitaker: Leading and Winning with Humility and Conviction

    May 20, 2021

    Nathan Whitaker is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Quiet Strength, Tony Dungy’s memoir. Whitaker has also co-authored Uncommon, The Mentor Leader, Through My Eyes with Tim Tebow, and others. He is also the founder of Whitaker Partners, LLC, a firm specializing in the representation of coaches and front office personnel. In this episode, we learn about Nathan’s improbable journey to becoming a bestselling author. We also discuss the harsh reality of life in the NFL and the toll it takes on families. Finally, Nathan reveals some of the amazing lessons he’s learned from his time with Tony Dungy and what it means to be a man of character and conviction.

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  • #8 Ralph Greene: Relationships, Trust, and Lessons from a Sports Icon

    May 20, 2021

    For over 25 years, Ralph Greene has been an innovative force with some of the world’s most exciting sports and brand enterprises. During Ralph’s 21-year career at Nike, he was at the forefront of some of the most dominant stories in Nike and sports history. Highlights include strategizing and executing “All-School” NCAA sponsorship deals, signing Tiger Woods, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant. Ralph also ignited an international “wave” into the NBA with the identification and signing of Yao Ming, Tony Parker, and Dirk Nowitzki. Ralph recently launched Columbia Consulting Group and is working with some of the top global sports and brand enterprises. Ralph is also a principal in Oregon Sports Angels – an investor fund on the west coast. In this episode, Ralph reveals how fostering relationships and developing trust led to some of the most iconic apparel deals in sports history. Ralph also gives us behind the scenes access to the inner workings of how the NBA exploded its international footprint.

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  • #7 Dilafruz Khonikboyeva: Transformational Conflict

    May 20, 2021

    Dilafruz Khonikboyeva is a conflict practitioner focused on the role of stories and language in conflict, identity, and change. She is currently a Global Lead with the Aga Khan Foundation. She previously worked with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), CNN Pentagon, and the Atlanta-based 48 Hour Film Project. In this episode, Dilafruz explains how conflict can be transformational if we are willing to sit in the anxiety of perceived differences. She also provides practical advice for rules of engagement, so that we don’t let our feelings beat out reason and logic, which is critical for healthy conflict. Finally, Dilafruz sheds light on how we can better engage in uncomfortable conversations around race and social injustice vital to healing our communities.

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  • #6 Scott Sonju: Leading with Principles

    May 20, 2021

    Scott Sonju is the President of the Dallas Jackals professional rugby team and Neltex Sports. Scott was the longtime President and General Manager of the Frisco RoughRiders when the club was twice named “Organization of the Year” and received Baseball America’s top accolade, the Bob Freitas Award. Sonju is a two-time selection for the Dallas Business Journal “40 Under Forty” and was named Texas League Executive of the Year in 2014. In this episode, we discuss how to build a successful and sustainable organization, along with the importance of utilizing principles in managing your team. Scott also details his hiring practices and offers thought-provoking insight on servant leadership.

     

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  • #5 Peter Haberl: Attention is the Currency of Performance

    May 20, 2021

    Dr. Peter Haberl is a senior sport psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee. Dr. Haberl is one of the world’s leading experts on the application of mindfulness training and attentional focus for performance.

     

     

    In this episode, Dr. Haberl unpacks why attention is the currency of performance, and how we can train ourselves to focus our attention where we want it during pressure-packed situations. Dr. Haberl expounds upon why we shouldn’t expect to “feel” calm when pressure comes, but rather how we can train ourselves to act calmly in these moments.

     

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  • #4 Clint Bruce: Teams Row & Tribes Flow

    May 20, 2021

    Clint Bruce is a former Navy Special Warfare Officer, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, decorated athlete, and seasoned entrepreneur. In this episode, Clint expounds on his concept of Championing and how the differentiating factor for the elite in any field is precision and endurance. He also talks about why he’s dedicating his life to helping leaders protect, perform, endure, and compete while helping veterans and veterans and their families transition successfully.

     

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  • #3 Veronica Campbell-Brown: High Performance Mindset

    May 20, 2021

    Veronica Campbell-Brown is one of the greatest sprinters in track and field history. She’s an eight-time Olympic medalist, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and is the second woman in history to win two consecutive gold medals in the Olympic 200 m event. In this episode, she discusses how she turned what could have been one of the most devastating setbacks in her career into the fuel that propelled her to making Olympic history.

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  • #2 Richard Turner: Mastering Your Craft and Performing Under Pressure

    May 20, 2021

    Richard Turner is the widely regarded as the most skilled card mechanic (a term more commonly called a Card Shark), and one of the best up-close magicians in the world. But what makes Turner’s accomplishments truly incredible is that he is blind – and has been since childhood. In this episode, Richard discusses how he used the power of discipline, faith, and deliberate practice to become one of the greatest performers in the world.

     

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  • #1 – Brian Decker: Talent Identification and Mental Toughness

    May 20, 2021

    Former Commander of Special Forces Assessment and Selection, and current Director of Player Development for the Indianapolis Colts, Brian Decker, discusses his model for talent identification, the cost of leadership, and the misunderstood reality of developing mental toughness.

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    Dr. Erik Korem is a High-Performance pioneer that implemented sports science and athlete tracking technologies with collegiate and professional (NFL) football teams. He has worked ...

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