Former Athletics Coach and has been Leading Motivational & Business Speaker for the last 25 years.
Frank Dick is renowned as one of the country’s best and most consistently inspiring motivational speakers. Frank Dick is the current Chair of Scottish Athletics, President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, Member of the IAAF Coaches Commission, as well as Chair (and architect) of the IAAF Academy.
From 1974 to 1994 he was the British Athletics Federation' s Director of Coaching, where he was widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding sports coaches in the world. In this position Frank Dick coached athletes such as Daley Thompson, Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe to European, Olympic and World honours.
Frank has also used his expertise in coaching and training in athletics to benefit other sporting greats, including Boris Becker in tennis, Gerhard Berger in F1 racing, Katerina Witt in ice-skating and, currently Justin Rose in golf. Few coaches have successfully transferred their expertise across sports in this way and at such a high level.
Frank has combined his talent for inspiring sporting achievement with the business world. By recognising the synergy between effective coaching techniques on the playing field and in the office, over the years he has developed a range of inspirational keynote speech themes, workshop topics and bespoke employee development programmes that remain as popular and relevant today as ever.
His expertise derives from years of detailed research into individual success and achievement. Frank combines this wealth of knowledge and experience into an informative and motivational approach to achieving long-lasting transformation of both individual and team performance.
With a history of sporting excellence through coaching some of the best talent in the world he has, over the past 20 years of speaking to 100’s of companies both in the UK and around the world, recognised six key areas of personal and professional development that, once taken out of a “training room” mentality and put into a different context, can lead to individual and team progress simply by giving a different perspective.
Author of three major publications, 'Sports Training Principles', 'Winning' and 'Winning Lines', all classics in their fields. Frank’s book ‘Winning Matters’ was published in August 2010.
Frank’s contribution to sport and coaching has been recognised in being awarded an OBE in 1989, induction to the UK Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 and the prestigious title "UK Sporting Hero" by Sport UK in 2001.
He is currently preparing teams for Olympic and Paralympic games with ‘The Road to Rio 2016 campaign’.
Today, Frank Dick remains a successful coach both in sport and business settings, the latter having included BMW, Royal Scottish Insurance, and American Express, where he can apply his experience of, and passion for, motivation and high level achievement.
Coaching Beyond the Arena
Frank’s current involvement as High Performance Director with SASCOC (South African Sports Federation and Olympic Committee) and in the past (2010 Vancouver and 2012 London Olympics) is as a “coach of coaches” where he is consulting with elite athletes and coaches of elite athletes in their preparation for the Rio 2016 Games using his vast experience to deliver high performance strategy and operational excellence. In addition, in London he designed and directed the program for the Global Coaches House, attended by over 400 coaches from across the range of sports and nations. His skills have been translated time and again to businesses in his work with top clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Virgin Atlantic, and Unilever to name but a few.
Frank has woven the critical lessons learned through these Olympic experiences into a very attractive portfolio of presentations. These presentations can be the winning difference to help businesses win persistently.
Winning10 (Winning to the power of ten)
Winning10 is a capture by numbers of the ten critical lessons learned through the Olympic experience and that of high performance sport, which apply equally to business and professional life. Winning performance is the consequence not only of what we deliver in the arena, but of all that makes it happen. How winning is defined, through planning, preparation, performance support and learning processes, to managing change are all covered. But most important is the idea that all is driven by our attitude to winning.
Prepared to Learn
Being prepared to learn has two dimensions. The first is an attitude to ceaseless pursuit of personal development. The second is to ensure that the framework for learning to happen is in place. To gain competitive advantage we must learn faster than the opposition. Of course the challenge of an Olympic Games is an end in itself. But like all challenges in life, it is a critical learning experience. As Frank says, “The last step to the podium in London was the first step to the podium in Rio.”
A Question of Talent
A talent strategy should help you in working out how to deal with the rough diamonds, the underachievers and the genii. Everyone in our teams can be coached to raise their game and to realise their potential, whatever their level of talent. As Frank says, “You don’t have to be sick to get better.” He sets out a clear strategy and action plan for talent spotting, recruiting, coaching, harmonising and affording a high performance pathway to ensure your people fulfil their potential and deliver for the business. Pursuing a talent development process is fundamental to achieving sustainable business performance.
Our life is not a single track road, but a 3-lane highway. The fast lane is our career; the middle lane family, friends & community; the inside lane our personal wellbeing. We have development and performance needs and goals in each lane. All three must be free flowing for if one goes down, the others are compromised. There is an essential tension between challenge and support in achieving this. Frank provides strategies and techniques to turn stress to advantage, and raise business performance. Fundamental to this is a commitment to personal wellbeing. As Frank says, “If you are not ok, how can you be who you must be for the family and other relationships you enjoy and for the business you are part of?”
Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
Frank believes the difference between average or excellent performance, whatever your role in the business, is your ability to make the right decisions and judgement calls. That’s the case whether they are “in a blink” judgement calls of moment by moment challenges or longer term decisions of strategy. All major strategic change must also address culture change and Frank examines what can be taught and what can be learned in preparing everyone to make the right decisions and to take ownership of them.
“Performing in Adversity – The Lessons to be Learnt From Sport”
Frank’s presentation looks at how to coach your team through the difficult climate ahead. Frank’s speech looks at managing present attitudes and preparation in adversity, increasing light and reducing heat in creating a climate to make progress.
Working closely with companies and events has shown that the six themes mentioned above work either as individual concepts or collectively, dependant upon the objectives of the occasion.