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  1. James Smith
    Ask any executive chef, trained in the French discipline, any question regarding the operational specifics of Sous Chef, Chef de Commis, Chef de Partie, Saucier, Poissonnier, Rotisseur…and the executive will provide you with a tutorial on the intricacies of each responsibility and, most importantly, how they are synthesized into the composite of each meal item as a result of either a governing recipe (i.e. blueprint) or what has evolved from what began as a recipe into a broad and deep understanding of ingredient combinations that allow for creativity/improvisation to work because of the pre-existing governing understanding of the fundamentals.
                Ask a general contractor a series of operational questions regarding roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, framing, flooring, foundation…and the contractor will provide you with a tutorial on the various subcontractor specialties, why and how he sequences and coordinates their interplay the way he/she does, and, again most importantly, the explanation of how the sub-contractor work is synthesized into the composite of the building result of the blueprint(s) engineered by the engineers who possess an understanding of the fundamentals that contribute to the structural integrity of the building. The engineering is what ensures coherency between any number of sub-contractor achievements.
                Head sport coaches…what are your answers to comparable operational questions regarding psychological preparation, technical skill development, sensorimotor training, the mechanisms of tactical understanding, derivative/supportive modes of preparation that underpin technical and tactical execution, and physiotherapeutic integrations…and how do you think your understanding of these domains that you govern compare to the Chef’s or General Contractor’s? Most importantly, how do you justify the absence of an engineered blueprint that underpins, accounts for, and cohesively binds all work required of your athletes either with you, assistant coaches of some type (sport, speed, weights…), and active regenerative and rehabilitative protocols?
                Head Coaches, it is within your ability to demand that this type of knowledge, which is so ordinary in other industry leadership, is no longer so hard to find in sport. The result of you rivaling the knowledge and abilities of Executive Chefs, General Contractors, and many other industry leaders, and operating off of engineered “blueprints” that account for all ‘work’, will amount to paradigm shifting progress in your athletes/teams/organizations development and competitive results. The process begins with you recognizing that the problem exists, and your willingness to solve it.
     The Governing Dynamics of Coaching is the book that explains the ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’
    Email James@globalsportconcepts.net for consulting information
     
     
  2. James Smith
    Governing Dynamics of Coaching Consulting
    Testimonial/Evaluation
     
    Beginning in 2018 I had come to a point in my education and career where I wanted to expand my knowledge. I felt a need to be pushed in areas that may not be strengths of mine and in the past I possibly felt were not needed for me to know or be successful. I spent many years looking for something or someone to provide this education and to be pushed accordingly. I looked into online Doctoral programs and never could find something that I felt covered a global view of sports. From people I trust James Smith’s new book was highly recommended. I purchased the book “The Governing Dynamics of Coaching” immediately following its release. I had read and viewed James material in the past, but this book was something much more. As I dove through it I was very impressed by the depth and variety of knowledge it provided. It provided a very global perspective for preparing athletes. It gave me perspective of other fields and how the structure that currently exist in these other fields could exist in sports. Naturally the book left me with even more questions and left me at a standstill. I spent 2017 debating how I could implement the information.
     
    At the beginning of 2018 I made a decision to do a full Governing Dynamics consultation. I spent 8 weeks diving into all of the Governing Dynamics of Coaching with James. What I thought I knew and understood from reading the book was given much more context and practical application. The 8-week consultation gave me the knowledge of what could exist and the current dysfunction that exist in each area of sports. It gave me a new perspective of this information and that it was not for strength coaches, but for coaches and can be applied for any sport. I have worked in numerous sports throughout my career always looking from a Strength & Conditioning/Sports Science lens. Now I look from a coaching lens and now feel very comfortable applying it to any sport that I work within. As the book did, following the 8 weeks of consulting I still have more questions and am working on a way to layout my own education to continue to further my knowledge in each Governing Dynamic. This will be an endless process and to apply it and be successful in its application will be the biggest test! I understand that 8 weeks of consulting only will scratch the surface and further consulting will be needed. I will continue this process as there are deeper details I seek.
     
    In the beginning I took time for me to be comfortable to let my guard down to what I do daily and offer criticism for all areas of sports and to criticize even the information James was giving me. Once I did I feel as if I am seeing much clearer and now see what could be possible in sports. As David Deutsch is quoted in the beginning of James book “The limiting factor is not resources, for they are plentiful, but knowledge, which is scarce” Every university and organization I have been a part of in my career has had plenty of resources to be successful, but what was missing was knowledge to allow for continued improvement of the athletes I worked with. James consulting has provided me a deeper knowledge of the Governing Dynamics of Coaching and now it is on me to apply it successfully.
     
     Shea Thompson
    Sports Scientist
    Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
    Cincinnati Bengals
  3. James Smith
    Working with James has been nothing short of refreshing. His knowledge and skill set, which allows him to navigate multiple domains, is unparalleled.  The chasm that exists in sport is undeniable, and James has not only revealed where these breaches are prevalent, but has given us ample remedies. It is incumbent on us, as the architects of our athletes’ experience, to competently apply the unification of these principles. James is light years ahead of where sport culture needs to go in terms of advancement, and it would be wise for us all to listen and learn accordingly.
    Josiah Igono
    Texas Rangers
    Major League Director of Peak Performance
  4. James Smith
    I recently had the pleasure of having 4 consultations with James via Skype. The topics of conversation varied, however, they were mostly pertaining to topics within his book, “The Governing Dynamics of Coaching”. I have been following James’s work for several years, so it was brilliant to be able to discuss his ideas and arguments with him personally.
    Anyone who thinks that a consultation with James will be an hour of him spoon feeding you quick fixes is sorely mistaken. James encourages you to think, which at times, pushed me out of my comfort zone. This is not a complaint, as a matter of fact, this was what I enjoyed the most from our conversations. I found speaking with James challenging at times because his subject matter knowledge is so vast.  Fortunately, James is a fantastic educator. He is patient and generous with his time as well as being very thoughtful when answering any questions put to him, regardless how remedial they may be.
    I spoke with James about a broad number of topics. He is great company and the end of each consultation always came far too soon. Next time, I will ask more specific questions, and I would encourage any prospective clients to do the same. I could not recommend a series of consultations highly enough. Simply put, consulting with James has been the best investment I have made in my coaching education.
    Niall Gaynor
    Na Fianna (Dublin)
    Strength and Conditioning Coach
  5. James Smith
    Psychological Preparation Review
    I originally reached out to James for physical programming however was quickly drawn into his psychological preparation training as well. The whole operator concept is often preached and the importance of training mind is significantly more important than training body. Training the mind has often been an obscure and intangible concept to me, however James has sense changed my opinion and my knowledge of the subject.
    James and myself utilized weekly 30 minute phone calls for 12 weeks to increase my understanding of different psychological concepts. Essentially changing the way I thought and perceived information. I was initially very skeptical about the idea, however I can honestly say I have a much deeper understanding and respect for training my mind just as much as my body. 
    Though 12 weeks isn’t that long of a period of time I can already see results in the way my mind perceives and absorbs information. I foresee myself continuing to work with James well into the future, and furthering my knowledge on the concepts included in psychological preparation.
    XXXXXXX XXXXXX
    Active Duty Special Operations Soldier
  6. James Smith
    In the wake of UFC 235, Tactical preparation  will be explained from a top down perspective so as to elucidate upon one of the most foundational, yet one of the greatest limiting factors in preparation for sport. 
    Tactical Execution begins with the binary, and highly emergent, nature of decisions and actions.
    The focus here is the implications surrounding the failure to execute tactical game plans.
    Decisions
    From the top down perspective, the discussion of each tactical decision must begin with psychological state.
    Psychology
    The state of one's emotional regulation is unarguably, and directly, implicated in his/her ability to make a decision- specifically from the standpoint of how well he/she processes sensory information and accesses their working memory. The very foundations of tactical decision making are remarkably affected by one's psychological state.
    Broad sensory processing (relational processing) vs tunnel vision (item specific processing) are products of emotional neutrality vs negative emotional up-regulation, respectively. The more negatively emotionally up-regulated one is (anger, fear, worry, concern, doubt, anxiety, panic, sadness, dread...) the more that person's sensory experience narrows to tunnel vision AND the more restricted his/her access to memory. Both of which are remarkably inhibiting to effective tactical decision making. 
    For this reason, any coach, athlete, or tactical operator who makes a tactical error who is then questioned by a peer or superior in terms of "what were you thinking?" would almost certainly be more accurately questioned by "what is/was your state of mind?"
    As a professional consultant, one of my preferred ways of offering a 'proof' to this is to remind coaches why it is that when athletes make mistakes in competition they almost always have the correct answer by the time they reflect on what happened (this can be seconds, minutes, or hours later). 
    *while it is easy to criticize the benefit of hindsight, it's important to recognize that the limiting factor that prevented the optimal decision making in the competition was known and understood by the athlete/coach/operator. The problem wasn't a lack of knowledge, it was that something prevented them from accessing it when it mattered most.
    The reason for this is because it's only after the fact when emotions have neutralized and the objective clarity returns to the individual who, only then, is kicking themselves for not having made the correct decision. 
     I have never consulted with a coach, athlete, or tactical operator who, upon my asking what the reason was for the decision making mistakes, then stated "I/he/she just didn't know what to do". Just the opposite in fact, the individual(s) in question nearly always knew what to do, yet state "I don't know why I didn't do it". This confusion that distinguishes knowing what to do, yet not doing it, is quite often a function of item specific processing (tunnel vision) that resulted from a lack of psychological self-regulation. A lack of self-regulation allows for a moderate anxiety/fear state to restrict relational processing and inhibit accessing what the coach/athlete/operator ACTUALLY knew.
    One will be hard pressed to speak, in confidence, with a coach who, in the minutes after his/her team/athlete sustains a significant loss, states "I was simply out couched", who, the day later, says "I wasn't knowledgeable enough". Instead, what almost any coach who states "I was out couched" will, minutes or hours after the game, again once emotions have neutralized, be kicking themselves in recognition of what they well knew before the game that they were not able to access during the game. 
    While the tactical decision is very much a function of preceding strategic preparation, cognition, sensory processing, and accessing working memory, it must be understood that, literally and unarguably, the foundations of tactical decision making are remarkably implicated by one's psychological state- because the knowledge gained through strategic preparation is dependent upon being recalled, which depends upon memory, which is negatively impacted by negative emotional up-regulation; along with cognition and sensory processing. 
    The coach/military leader and athlete/commando, on/in their respective 'arenas' are confronted with an environment. The environmental features, including opponents, objects of sensory perception. The features that the brain identifies as higher value/significant targets are the ones that receive priority in the order of processing and it is here, in the fractions of a second when the processing occurs in which cognition and accessing working memory are put to task to make sense of what is processed and respond accordingly. 
    Here is where motion occurs...
    Actions
    Visually received stimuli, that is then processed via retinotopic mapping, the visual cortex, and related cortical regions that couple a highly complex aggregate of preceding tactical and strategic knowledge through memory recall, and pattern recognition/sensory processing , prior to physical motion, ultimately leads to efferent nerve signals that carry information away from the motor cortex and finalize at the junction with muscles. The product of which is a torque force applied to a bone, and motion follows. 
    What mandates explanation, however, is the disruption that separates what is accurately sensed, and coupled with pre-existing knowledge, and the effective response that fails to occur (even though the individual knew what to do). 
    Using last night's UFC 235 as the example, consider the Woodley vs Usman and Jones vs Smith fights, both of which featured the fighters who lost (Woodley and Smith) demonstrating both a curious lack of effective tactical execution (despite having shown exceptional track records of just the opposite in their most recent previous fights) in addition to post-fight clarity that underlines the distinctions discussed above. Further, it's valuable to note how both Woodley and Smith make it a point to explain how confident they were in their preparation, and maintain this claim even after their respective losses in which the skill sets that characterize their successes were largely nullified.
    Take a look at the following clips, taken from each fighters post-fight interview, and note the important distinction between knowing what to do, yet not doing it.
    Tyron Woodley
    Tyron.mp4
    Anthony Smith
    UFC 235 post fight press conference.mp4
    Note the similarities shared by both fighters who, according to their post-fight explanations:
    clearly saw what their opponent was doing, down to tactical/technical specifics knew what they needed to do to fight more effectively against what they accurately perceived from their opponent, yet couldn't understand why they failed to do it during the fight *stated that their preparation and readiness for their fights excellent and that their preparation was not the limiting factor, even though they were at a loss as to why they couldn't access what they knew when it mattered most The last bullet contains an asterisk because of all subjective claims, this one mandates the most criticism.
    To state that preparation is not the limiting factor necessarily requires that it satisfy an objective criteria.
    In "The Governing Dynamics of Coaching" I explain what such an objective criteria looks like and is based upon. Included in this criteria is psychological preparation as it is an inseparable component of tactical execution; yet it curiously remains absent as an integrated component of preparation for sport and military tactical objectives. 
    Psychological preparation, as a component of tactical preparation, describes a process wherein the tactical preparation of any coach/trainer, athlete or soldier takes part in dialogues and psychological exercises that, unlike what often occurs in the disjointed faction of sport psychology, is fundamentally integrated with the tactical specifics of the sport or tactical objective.
    Sport psychologists, no different than physiotherapists or strength coaches, are ineffectively educated on the specifics of sport or military tactical/technical derivatives. As a result, their contribution to sport/tactical teams/units/athletes/soldiers is as surface level and unintegrated as most other adjunct specialty contributions to sport/tactical populations. 
    Psychological preparation must exist as an integrated component of tactical preparation because psychological self-regulation IS a component of tactical execution. So much so, in fact, that there is overwhelming scientific evidence to support the argument that the psychological component of preparation is THE most important facet of tactical preparation because it is the gate keeper that determines whether or not the absolute entirety of knowledge, skill, and ability is manifest in competition and tactical operations. 
    This case study referenced the main and co-main events of UFC 235, however, the logic contained here is universal and applies to every conceivable sport, tactical objective, and, broadly, and endeavor of any human. 
    Indeed, one's ability to manifest their knowledge, skill, and ability, particularly when it matters most, is ultimately determined by their psychological state.
    The brain is as adaptable as any muscle in the body to change according to the way it is stimulated. One potential result of stated changes  is the way in which ideas are dealt with.
    Changing how ideas are dealt with changes perception, thought, and behavior. The narrow result of which optimizes UFC, sport, and tactical decision making; while the broad result changes the person as a whole. 
    Email James@globalsportconcepts.net for psychological consulting information
     
  7. James Smith
    James Smith Consultation Review
    I have read James’ book The Governing Dynamics of Coaching multiple times. I’ve dissected many sections throughout the book to further my understanding of certain topics. Not until I began consulting with James did I obtain complete clarity and understanding of the Governing Dynamics, both as general principles along with specific application to the sport of American football. He has opened my eyes to depth of knowledge necessary to competently engineer a holistic sport preparation system. Utilizing James as a consultant is one of the best professional investments I could recommend.

    Mike Nicolini
    Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
    San Francisco 49ers
     
     
  8. James Smith
    My experience with James was nothing short of extraordinary! My mental approach to my game has changed & it has changed my playing style in ways I couldn't imagine, I'm more focused, and more aware of my thoughts. James has also helped me see the world outside of football in a different way, a more positive and neutral way. If you are wanting to change your life, I highly suggest you take advantage of what James has to offer! 
    Trent Sherfield

  9. James Smith
    I have been working with James since 2015. Amongst many of James’s talents, I find him to be the most brilliant sounding boards I have ever come across. With each consultation, I’m blown away by his level of thinking as well as his objective reasoning and advice. Most importantly, he forces you to think and question what you think you may know and develop iterations of your current models of understanding. Taking all this a step further, his psychological preparation consultations have been one of the most influential frameworks that’s altered how I perceive life, both personal and professional. 
    Taylor Johnson
  10. James Smith
    I originally met James in 2009 and have continued to become immersed in his work.  Most recently, I hired James for his Psychological Consulting services.  I had an idea of what COULD be but I was unsure of HOW to go about it.  I have several very important events in the near future and I wanted to be as prepared as possible.  Over the course of a short period, after speaking with James, it has become abundantly clear that my disposition has changed.  His choice of tools / thought exercises in a context-appropriate manner has been invaluable to my development and ones that I can always use, regardless of where life takes me.  However, what I have also found is that the psychological preparation has transferred into other areas of my life for the better.  As he'll say, and anyone who understands the importance of psychological preparation, is that this is a must for anyone who wants to not only manage "stress" but be as efficient as possible in any endeavor they choose.

    David Stallard
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