The High Performance Podcast

The High Performance Podcast

By Jake Humphrey

The High Performance Podcast brings you an intimate glimpse into the lives of high-achieving, world-class performers who have all excelled in their field with first-hand experiences and lessons to share. Find out what non-negotiable behaviours they employed to get them to the top and keep them there. Hosting every conversation is sports broadcaster Jake Humphrey and leading organisational psychologist Damian Hughes. Jake is currently BT Sport’s Premier League anchor and former lead presenter of BBC’s Formula One coverage. Damian is an author and professor who continues to work with leading sports organisations to create a high-performing culture.


Sir Chris Hoy

Sir Chris Hoy is a true sporting legend and one of the most successful British athletes of all time with six gold medals and one silver. Chris won his first Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004, won three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and cemented his name in the history books by winning two golds at the London Olympics in 2012. Following his historic hat-trick of gold medals in Beijing , Chris was voted 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He was also awarded a Knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours list.
03/08/2055m 45s

Dina Asher-Smith

This week’s guest is Dina Asher-Smith, the reigning 200 metres World Champion and the fastest women in British history. Dina took gold at the World Athletics Championships in Doha having already taken silver in the 100 metres. She was also seriously impressive at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin in 2018, winning three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Dina is one of Britain's best prospects for gold at the Olympic Games in Japan next year.
27/07/2058m 46s

Marcelino Sambé

Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. At just 25-years old, he already proved himself to be one of the most technically accomplished and inspiring stars in the world of dance, excelling in some of ballet’s trickiest roles – all delivered with his characteristic smile and optimism. Born in a poor area on the outskirts of Lisbon, his father died when he was 8 and his guidance came from his local community centre. Marcelino is only the second black dancer ever to make the Royal Ballet’s top tier following on from Carlos Acosta.
20/07/201h 0m

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for Manchester United, but that doesn’t go nearly far enough in explaining his legacy at Old Trafford. On the field, the Norwegian became an embodiment of the Reds’ never-say-die spirit in their most successful decade, often scoring late goals when points or trophies looked to have been lost. The most special of all being the Champions League final in 1999 cementing his place in Man Utd folklore. Since retiring as a player, Ole returned to his homeland in 2011 and spent three years with Molde before taking over at then Premier League side Cardiff City. 

 In December 2018, Ole received a call he just could not turn down - Manchester United. He was made permanent manager in March 2019 and is currently leading the team on an unbeaten run of 17 matches in all competitions.
13/07/2051m 39s

Series Two Preview

The High Performance Podcast is back for Series Two! Thank you to everyone who has been with us so far and welcome to all of you just joining in. Returning for a second series, broadcaster Jake Humphrey and leading organisational psychologist Professor Damian Hughes speak to more world-class performers from business, sports, music and arts to hear their first-hand experiences and what lessons they've learned along the way. Episodes are released every Monday and we kick off Series 2 with the manager of one of the biggest football clubs on the planet, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on July 13th.
06/07/209m 27s

Series One Roundup with Jake & Damian

Jake and Damian reflect on the fantastic guests from series one, including Rio Ferdinand, Ant Middleton, Mauricio Pochettino, Steven Bartlett, Robin Van Persie, Holly Tucker, Kelly Holmes and many more. They both pick out their favourite clips from the series and discuss the non-negotiable behaviours and common themes that came out of the podcasts.   It’s not goodbye for long though, series 2 will be coming very soon with more elite high-performance guests!
25/05/2033m 43s

Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche is the current manager of Burnley, having been in charge since October 2012. For 20 years he was a professional footballer making over 450 appearances, but he is best known as a manager. His achievements since joining Burnley mark him as one of the club's most successful managers in the modern era. Sean steered the club to promotion to the Premier League within 18-months of his arrival and in the 2017/18 campaign, Burnley finished 7th - their highest league standing since 1975 - bringing European football back to Turf Moor for the first time in 51 years.
18/05/2047m 0s

Col Dame Kelly Holmes

Double Olympic Champion Col. Dame Kelly Holmes is one of the UK’s most popular athletes. Kelly is an Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion that has achieved seven Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze medals throughout her career. This includes her double win in the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the first Briton in over 80 years to do so. Kelly won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the Year and was honoured with a Damehood from the Queen. In 2018, Kelly was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Armoured Corps making it the first time an individual has been appointed Honorary Colonel to a regular unit.
11/05/2045m 20s

Dylan Hartley

Dylan Hartley won 97 caps for England, the most by any hooker, and as the England captain he had an incredible 85% win record. He led his country to two Six Nations titles – one of which was the first grand slam in 13 years – and a first away series win in Australia. Dylan also made 251 appearances for Northampton Saints and spent eight years as their skipper. His career was not without controversy, with the hooker racking up almost two years’ worth of bans for foul play.
04/05/2048m 30s

Holly Tucker MBE

Holly Tucker is one of the UK’s most respected entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Holly & Co, UK Ambassador to Small Creative Businesses and co-founder of Holly’s purpose and passion is to mentor and support other small businesses and now during the Covid-19 outbreak she has launched SME:SOS, a free resource to empower small businesses and provide all the help they need in these uncertain times.
27/04/2048m 13s

Robin Van Persie

Robin Van Persie is one the greatest strikers to win the Premier League. He scored 144 goals making him the highest-scoring player from the Netherlands in English top-flight history. He was a cult hero at Arsenal, before moving to arch rivals Manchester United in 2012, then finishing his career at his first club Feyenoord. Listen to the lessons he learnt through his career, the truth behind his controversial Arsenal and Manchester Untied exits, the sacrifices he made to be an elite athlete and so much more.
20/04/2045m 1s

Tracey Neville

This week’s guest comes from family of sporting superstars; her dad was a professional cricketer and her brothers were both international footballers, but Tracey Neville transitioned from being an elite athlete to an elite coach, delivering one of this country’s greatest sporting triumphs - winning a Commonwealth gold medal for England netball. Listen to her stories and secrets of changing a sport forever.
13/04/2042m 30s

Tom Daley

This week’s guest is Tom Daley, one of Britain’s most recognised sportsmen. Tom has won a diving gold or finished first in a major competition every single year for 14 successive years! He won a national U18 competition aged just ten, competed in the Olympics at fourteen and won a bronze at London 2012. Tom’s fame transcends his sport - he lost his father to cancer in 2011, publicly came out as gay, got married, had a baby and has became a key spokesperson for LGBT+ rights.
06/04/2043m 6s

Steven Bartlett

This week on the pod we’re joined by Steven Bartlett, the self-made 27-year-old CEO of Social Chain, a leading global media agency, which he started at just 22. Jake and Damian delve deep into Steven’s unique philosophy, hearing about his relentless self-belief and entrepreneurial mindset.
30/03/2039m 28s

Mauricio Pochettino

He’s a man who creates a real family atmosphere wherever he coaches. He has won trophies at Espanyol and PSG as a player, but he’s now best known as a top-class manager with spells at Espanyol and Southampton before he took Tottenham to finals and their best league finish in 25 years, playing football as effective as it was impressive. Hear his stories of inspiring people, selecting players and his football philosophy. Listen to Mauricio Pochettino tell you his secrets to living a more high-performance life.
23/03/2051m 3s

Ant Middleton

When I drew up a list of dream names for the High Performance Podcast, Ant Middleton was right at the top of that list. An accomplished military career that includes the coveted King’s Badge as a Royal Marine, before joining the Special Boat Service - Ant’s whole career epitomises high performance. He is now best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit show, 'SAS : Who Dares Wins', but is also a best-selling author, motivational speaker and tours the UK with his ‘Mind Over Muscle’ brand. Listen to Ant share his stories and secrets to his high-performing mindset. Give this your time, hear him out, and you won’t regret it!
16/03/2048m 42s

Rio Ferdinand

From an estate in Peckham, to the World Cup. From winning the Champions League to struggling at QPR. What was it really like in the Manchester United dressing room? Is he happy? What has personal tragedy taught him about being a better person?  This is Rio Ferdinand as you’ve never heard him before, openly sharing his secrets to his High Performance life. Winning cultures, elite mindsets, and the tricks you can employ to enjoy success and taste happiness in your own life...whatever comes your way.
09/03/2044m 28s

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25/02/201m 46s
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