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There’s No ‘I’ in Podcast

Mark Johnson & Sean Gallagher

A podcast about teams: building them, being in them, running them and how we work together. Sean, a sports coach, and Mark, a performance teacher, and guests look for what their teams have in common and what makes them different.

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Ep. 10 Promo (Guest: Sgt. Kevin Casey)
May 28 2020
Ep. 10 Promo (Guest: Sgt. Kevin Casey)
Promo for the next episode, featuring an interview with  Sergeant Kevin Casey of the RAF.  Sean and Mark venture outside of their comfort zones to cover the strength of the bond that is created in the military, tough leadership and the importance of decisiveness, and shark-infested custard! Episode 10 will be released on the 29 May. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 43 "The 3 'R's of Team Building"
Oct 28 2021
Ep. 43 "The 3 'R's of Team Building"
Sean and Mark head out on foot to walk and talk about how the last 40-something episodes have changed how they put together teams. Along the way they dig in to one of the principals of 'Togetherness' from Dr. Matt Slater's book - the 3 'R's. You can check out Dr Matt Slater's book here ( also mentions Allistair McCaw ( you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) Support this podcast
Ep. 42 "Making your best day better" (Guest: Dr. Chris Shambrook)
Sep 24 2021
Ep. 42 "Making your best day better" (Guest: Dr. Chris Shambrook)
Another massive episode this week that has Sean and Mark talking to Sports Psychologist Dr. Chris Shambrook of Planet K2. Chris has worked with Team GB's rowing team, as well as British cricket teams and the Cambridge Boat Race crew. It's an episode chock full of ideas and takeaways on how to get a team working at peak performance consistently. In the episode they cover visualising successful performance not just successful outcomes, what acceptable failure and unacceptable success looks like. They also talk about shorting the gap between your best day and your worst, how positive attitude is only useful if it leads to positive actions and why party food (and Coco the Clown) have no place in the meeting room. Dr. Chris references a few books in the episode:- (9 Lies About Work - Marcus Buckingham / Ashley Goodall) (Good To Great - Jim Collins) As well as (Tuckman's Model of Team Development ) Sean also recommends Dr. Chris' appearance on Dan Abrahams' (The Sports Psych Show) You can (access the Performance Room resources here) and find out more about (Planet K2 here). Connect with Chris on LinkedIn || (The Performance Room ) || (Planet K2) || (Chris Shambrook) --- If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) Support this podcast
Ep. 41: "Creative people... they're unbelievable" (Guest: Hywel Evans)
Sep 4 2021
Ep. 41: "Creative people... they're unbelievable" (Guest: Hywel Evans)
A refreshed and invigorated Sean and Mark return form their Summer break and dive straight in with creativity consultant, enterprise and innovation adviser and audio producer Hywel Evans. In the episode they cover the myth of the uncreative person, how organisations kill ideas and where they go today and, in a sideways move, why it can be valuable to pretend you are a penguin. They also discuss making creativity a collaborative process, why you are better off paying for a bar tab than that expensive team-building away day and what to do when your ideas are met with a big fat no. Plus lots more. In the episode they Hywel references (Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk), the documentary (Inside Pixar) and (the opening sequence of La La Land). You can find out more about Hywel's work here ( (www.hywel.info)) and connect with him on LinkedIn (here). Buy a copy of Hywel's book "Managers Managing Magic" (here). And here’s the piece of music we reference from the show Hywel directed me in - The Frank Sonata by The Longpigs ( new theme music was composed for use by (Arches Audio). Check them out on IG ( (@archesaudio)) to sample some of their tracks and pick up their (Free Song of the Week). Thanks, Arches! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Support this podcast
PARALYMPICS REPOST: Team GB Coach Ashley Trodden
Aug 25 2021
PARALYMPICS REPOST: Team GB Coach Ashley Trodden
The Paralympics have begun and Team GB have already won a Gold Medal. So we throw back to one of our earliest episodes where we talk to to 2012 Team GB Paralympic Sitting Volleyball coach Ashley Trodden all the way from Kuwait about the world of elite level coaching, his own coaching philosophy, how that translates to working with young people in school settings.  They also cover what qualities you value most in a team member, and whether a team is like a good soup. Next episode we will be back to our regularly scheduled interviews but... with a new twist! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Support this podcast
OLYMPICS REPOST II: Strength & Conditioning Coach Dan Lavipour
Aug 4 2021
OLYMPICS REPOST II: Strength & Conditioning Coach Dan Lavipour
[Initially posted 15 May 2020] Sean and Mark sit down this week with Daniel Lavipour, an elite strength and conditioning coach, currently working with London Pulse Superleague Netball club and the FA.  They cover the storytelling behind strength and conditioning, the language of pain, and going back to basics. They also talk in detail about how London Pulse are keeping their team together and trained in lockdown and how Fancy Dress Fridays can change the way you train.   Daniel can be found on (Twitter) and (Instagram) @DanielLavipour His strength and conditioning training organisation Performance  Ready is (@PerformanceRDY) If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) Support this podcast
OLYMPIC REPOST: "Teaching What Competition Looks Like" (Guest: Team GB's Rob Richardson)
Jul 30 2021
OLYMPIC REPOST: "Teaching What Competition Looks Like" (Guest: Team GB's Rob Richardson)
While the Tokyo Olympics are taking place (and Sean and Mark are taking a short break) we will be reposting some previous episodes where the chaps had an opportunity to speak to athletes and coaches who have had the Olympic experience. First up, Mark and Sean had the privilege of speaking to Team GB Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Captain Rob Richardson.  They talk building teams out of strangers, 'taking the message' when you are being screamed at on the pitch and how important awareness of Paralympic sport is for future generations. (UK Sport) (GB Paralympics) (The High performance Podcast) If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Support this podcast
Ep. 40 "Ask the right questions" (Guest: Ben Wharfe from FIIT)
Jun 18 2021
Ep. 40 "Ask the right questions" (Guest: Ben Wharfe from FIIT)
Sean and Mark are able to grab a chat Ben Wharfe, Chief People Officer for exercise brand (FIIT) about his own journey from a giant corporation into a startup, finding himself in the people business along the way. Ben talks about the FIIT Culture Book that he put together to articulate and illustrate the values, vision and behaviours of the company - you can read a copy of Volume 1 (here) and how you might go about recruiting for diversity but also diversity of thought. He also surprises the guys by telling them that there have been people who have shown up to interview without even looking at the app! Sean also shamelessly angles himself as the next FIIT coach. His USP? A 'Dad-bod'. In the episode Sean mentions Brene Brown's (Dare to Lead Podcast) and (Marc Maron's). You can connect with (Ben on LinkedIn). If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Support this podcast
Ep. 39: "Does it make the boat go faster?" (Guest: Phil Denton)
Jun 4 2021
Ep. 39: "Does it make the boat go faster?" (Guest: Phil Denton)
Sean and Mark are back in business and back with guest Phil Denton who is both a headteacher and the co-author of "The First 100 Days - Lessons in Leadership from the Football Bosses" ( (100daysleadership.co.uk)). The conversation looks at some of the lessons learned from the premiership managers that Phil has talked to and how they have been applied to a school environment. Phil introduces the guys to the STARS model of business evolution and how it might look like an organisation is in one stage when it might be in another. Phil recommends the work of Dan Pink ( (www.danpink.com)) and his book Drive, and if you've never heard of Kabbadi, check it out (here). You can pick up a copy of the book (here) (and pre-order the audiobook (here)) and all proceeds go to (The Len Johnrose Trust). Phil is on LinkedIn (here). If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Support this podcast
Ep. 38: “The Brilliant Ideas Board” (Sean & Mark talk transformational change)
May 5 2021
Ep. 38: “The Brilliant Ideas Board” (Sean & Mark talk transformational change)
In this episode Sean and Mark dig into the Linkedin Learning course ("Aaron Dignan on Transformational Change") and look at how it could change the way they work, and whether it may already have. Mark also gets a football reference in. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 37: "Whoever turns up in the room are the right people" (Guest: Anna Glarin)
Apr 9 2021
Ep. 37: "Whoever turns up in the room are the right people" (Guest: Anna Glarin)
This episode Sean and Mark chat to Mark's colleague and co-artistic director of Waterloo Community Theatre about, amongst other things, making sure young people's voices are heard, the fear and excitement of the plan being no plan, and how that leads to a balance between freedom and guided discovery. They also talk teenage rebellion (Anna's as well as their groups) the importance and value of self reflection, and how it can be useful to have a messy person around. Sean brings up the Pimlico Academy.  A link to that news story is (here). Anna also talks about the latest radio project of Waterloo Community Theatre - The Realist.  You can listen ( here). You can find out more about WCT and support them here, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram for updates. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 36 "All about creating win-win situations" (Guest: Alex Tofalides of Inspion Sports)
Apr 1 2021
Ep. 36 "All about creating win-win situations" (Guest: Alex Tofalides of Inspion Sports)
This week Sean and Mark join Alex Tofalides, international fencer and founder of Inspion Sports, to discuss taking a sport from the elite level right back to grassroots and working across all levels.  They talk about how 100% preparation applies as a rule no matter what level you are at, and how goals that you set should be based on things you can control. The talk about the dynamic of fencing on a team, where you face an opponent on your own but have your team behind you, and the positive impact on Alex of his Team GB coach and fencing legend Ziemek Wojciechowski ( (www.zfw-fencing.co.uk/ziemek-wojciechowski)). In the episode they reference (Outliers by Malcom Gladwell) and (Bounce by Matthew Syed) and the work of sports psychologist (Katie Warriner). You can find out more about Inspion Sports (here) and follow them on Instagram (@InspionSports). If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 35 "We're all people, we just run at different speeds" (Guest: Matt Wood - RunThrough)
Mar 24 2021
Ep. 35 "We're all people, we just run at different speeds" (Guest: Matt Wood - RunThrough)
To kick off the fifth series Sean and Mark talk to Matt Wood, founder of the hugely popular RunThrough running events and the GW Active Agency.   They talk building a community at the grassroots, and building a business with the lessons that it taught. They also talk about hiring the right people for the job, and then letting them do their job, doing the hard yards early and the necessity to go back into the trenches snd get stuck in with the day-to-day no matter where you are in the company. Matt recommends (The Goal by Eli Goldratt), the work of (Gary Vaynerchuk) and Seth Godin's blog and books. You can visit ( RunThrough) & GW Active on the web, or (follow Matt on Instagram). If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... You can now also buy us a coffee (we like cappuccinos from Gail's) here ( - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) let us know what you think of the new logo. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 34 "The team IS the connections" (Guest: Peter Cauwelier)
Feb 24 2021
Ep. 34 "The team IS the connections" (Guest: Peter Cauwelier)
In this Milestone episode Sean and Mark talk teams with Peter Cauwelier, founder and Chief Team Connector of Team as One and author if The Untapped Team Advantage.  In their chat they cover some of Peter's foundations of sustained team performance. They get into connections as the core components of great teams and maintaining those connections through practise, how team building does not get the focus it deserves  and what makes up team psychological safety. They also dip into Belbin as a tool to communicate better as a team and Action Learning, a facilitated tool for practising teamwork. Peter mentions Amy Edmonson. Her paper on Team Psychological Safety can be found (here). You can find out more about Action Learning form the World Institute for Action Learning (of which Peter is President) (here). Peter is on LinkedIn (here), his organisation Team as One is (here), and his book 'The Untapped Team Advantage' is (available here).  If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... Also - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) We are off for a week, but see you the week after. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 33 "You can either have a bonus this year, or a dinosaur sticker" (LIVE EPISODE)
Feb 16 2021
Ep. 33 "You can either have a bonus this year, or a dinosaur sticker" (LIVE EPISODE)
Sean and Mark push the boundaries this week by going live and streaming the episode to the world while they recorded it. No guest this week (because who wants to screw it up in front of someone important) so they discuss needing a break, the Superbowl, who gets to make the decisions, and Sean helps Mark unpick a situation where teamwork just didn't happen. If you think a live stream is worth doing, let us know, and if you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... Also - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep.32 "If you actually want to improve, you need people who challenge your ideas" (Guest: TJ Juttla)
Feb 10 2021
Ep.32 "If you actually want to improve, you need people who challenge your ideas" (Guest: TJ Juttla)
In this week's episode Sean and Mark connect with education consultant and podcaster TJ Juttla from QTS London to discuss recruitment in education and much more.  They get into building strong relationships and how they travel with you, how understanding the people you are connecting better is the key to placing them, and how recruitment is still a numbers game, but we might need to look at different numbers. They also get on to how you will never grow if you build a team of people who look, think and make decisions just like you. You can find out more about QTS London here and in particular the Pupil Entrepreneur Programme. You can connect with TJ on LinkedIn here, and listen to his podcast The Teacher's Point of View. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... Also - Sean on LinkedIn and Mark on LinkedIn @noipodcast // Twitter @noipodcast // Instagram See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 31 "You're a better player, but he played better" (Guest: Gareth Johnson of GRJ Education)
Feb 2 2021
Ep. 31 "You're a better player, but he played better" (Guest: Gareth Johnson of GRJ Education)
In this week's episode, Sean and Mark sit down with Educational Leadership trainer and founder of GRJ Education, Gareth Johnson. Gareth talks them through the journey required to get to running their own business, resisting the call to follow the expected path and heading into the unknown with no fear. Along the way, they talk rugby, brass bands and what happens when you are called to choose between them. Find out more about GRJ Education at grj-education.com, and connect directly with Gareth (on LinkedIn here). If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... Also - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 30: "Character is the common factor in performance" (Guest: Stephen Feeney)
Jan 26 2021
Ep. 30: "Character is the common factor in performance" (Guest: Stephen Feeney)
In this week's episode Sean and Mark talk to Stephen Feeney of The Invictus project. Stephen coaches high performance athletes in self awareness and emotional intelligence as tools for consistency in elite performance.  They discuss taking the focus away form outcomes and onto the 'how', challenging how you make decisions and learning how to learn from others. In the episode Stephen mentions (Winners Never Cheat by John Huntsman Sr) and (The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius) along with just about every sports documentary on Netflix! You can find out more about the Invictus Project (here) and follow Stephen on Instagram (here). If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... Also - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep. 29: "We're on a BMX and we're just cracking on"
Jan 19 2021
Ep. 29: "We're on a BMX and we're just cracking on"
Happy New Year everyone! Sean and Mark return without a guest to talk lockdown whatever-point-oh and how annoying it is when getting back into the swing of things gets interrupted.  They also discuss mindset being more important than tools when working remotely, and the risk of working from home meaning working all the time. Mark mentions the book (Remote: No Office Required) by David Heinemeier Hansson (@DHH) and Jason Fried (@JasonFried). If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... Also - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
REPOST "The Beautiful Blend Between the Profound and the Practical" (Guest: James Aidoo of Innerscope)
Dec 1 2020
REPOST "The Beautiful Blend Between the Profound and the Practical" (Guest: James Aidoo of Innerscope)
Revisiting this inspirational chat with James Aidoo of Innerscope, Sean and Mark learn about James' work with students and teachers on applied emotional intelligence and self-leadership. They discuss reflective leadership and how we should be practicing what we preach when it comes to resilience, the challenge and privilege of serving your local community and balancing high support along with high challenge. James's organisation - ( also mention... ( ( also talks about James' spoken word.  The video is here => ( you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.showor send them to us via social media... Also - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast
Ep.28 "Trust and Relationships come first" (Guest: Matt King-Sayce)
Nov 24 2020
Ep.28 "Trust and Relationships come first" (Guest: Matt King-Sayce)
Sean and Mark get dramatic this week with their chat to Matt King-Sayce, a Head of Drama at a top independent school.  They talk about leading organisations through change, the power of saying yes by default and seeing where it takes you, and leading with humanity. They also get drama specific about building spaces where risks can be taken, the importance now more than ever of the arts for wellbeing, and (in a flashback to the Danny Townsend episode) when your mum tells you to do something, you do it! Matt's Curious Minds blog post is (here).  The 2% Mindset image is he talks about is (here). Matt talks about his work with Gareth Johnson on educational leadership which you can view (here) and you can connect with (Matt on LinkedIn). If you enjoyed this episode, please leave feedback on iTunes, or send your feedback, comments and guest suggestions to Mark or Sean@noipodcast.show or send them to us via social media... Also - (Sean on LinkedIn) and (Mark on LinkedIn) (@noipodcast // Twitter) (@noipodcast // Instagram) See you next week. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast