active CEO Podcast #61 Mark Turner Coaching Saved My Life

Mark Turner – Coaching Saved My Life
Mark Turner – Lead Performance Coach Triathlon Scotland

On this
episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Mark Turner about how
coaching saved my life, losing humility, being
vulnerable and establishing a high performance environment.

We also delve into the lessons he learnt working in the Queensland Police Force, being an agent for change, losing it all after selling a highly successful Shapland Swim School franchise, establishing Triathlon Nation and being recruited as the Lead Performance Coach at Triathlon Scotland.

Mark Turner – Coaching Saved My Life

Mark Turner is a leader who
focuses on developing people to maximize their potential athletically, unlock
their true why and purpose, and creating a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
He is a passionate, driven and humble leader who has raised over $100,000 for
Epilepsy Queensland and Special Olympics, Mark Turner.

His education includes an
Advanced Certificate in Policing from the Queensland University of Technology;
and Management Development Post-graduate Program at Queensland Police Service.

He has a passion for serving
the community with 13 years in the Queensland Police Service, a business owner
of the Shapland Swim School Everton Park, Head Coach for the Brisbane Girls
Grammar School athletics team, General Manager of Healthstream Aquatic and
Fitness Queensland, State Manager and Elite Programs Manager AFL Umpiring
Queensland and Coaching Director of Tri Nation Triathlon. Earlier this year our
guest was recruited as the Lead Performance Coach for Triathlon Scotland.

Mark talks about:

  • Being a shy child, who lacked confidence, growing up
    in a socially minded family.
  • Key lessons from a thirteen-year career in the
    Queensland Police Force.
  • Learning how to read people, listen to people and look
    at behaviours.
  • Switching from serving the community to building
    your own community.
  • How a lack of humility, meant losing it all.
  • Not being able to pay rent, and not have a job or a
  • Putting a peg in the ground and starting again, when
    he lost it all.
  • Making the decision to go full-time coaching.
  • Living in a mate’s garage and the struggles behind
    the scenes.
  • Coaching Saved My Life.
  • Excepting he had depression in 2014 after a full
  • What he had been through was significant and didn’t
    need to battle alone.
  • The power of vulnerability is amazing.
  • As humans we are designed to live in communities and
    be connected.
  • Chasing the dream of being a high performance coach.
  • Lead Performance Coach for Triathlon Scotland.
  • Building open and honest relationships, having a genuine
    care for the athletes and having the technical expertise.
  • What causes people to react in two different ways

CEO Performance Tip

Playing the Long Game – It’s so easy to get caught up in
the detail of the business and forget to look after the health and wealth of
your company long term. Focus on long game and put things in place so that in
the future your company is thriving, growing and stepping up the game so you
can stay one step ahead of the game in the market place.


“We need to be at our best for the athletes that we
coach to get them to be at their best. It’s is the same for us. If we are not
at our best, how do we expect the athletes to be at their best?” Being a high
performing leader with Mark Turner on the active CEO Podcast.

“Getting the basics right. Getting all the things
right that don’t require talent and holding each other to account.  Having environments where there is
psychological safety where you can have open and honest challenging and candid
conversations between coaches, support staff, athletes-to-coaches.” Mark Turner discusses a high performance environment, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Anyone in a position of leadership whether it is a coach, a teacher, an
educator, politician or anyone in a position of influence, the more that they
can say, I have had my struggles to and it was really hard.” Mark Turner talks about a real sense of
power for being vulnerable,
on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Mark Turner LinkedIn
Mark Turner Twitter
Mark Turner Instagram
Mark Turner Facebook
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

Recommended Reading:

Mark Turner – Triathlon Secrets For The Age Grouper (E-Book, Coming

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