Q&A with Paul Treu – Rugby Union Coach and MSD Delegate

Paul along with Gareth Mordey, gets the award for our furthest travelling delegate. He flies in for the course every 6 weeks from Cape Town!

Q: What’s your current role in your team?
A:   Defence Coach: Western Province Rugby Football Union and Stormers Super Rugby Team

Q: Why did you enrol on the MSD?
A: There is a growing need to define the role of a Sporting Director and the inaugural MSD course was the perfect answer to the current crisis of many teams around the globe facing effective human performance and management. Most importantly, the MSD course is underpinned by neuroscience which is the new frontier in high performance management and leadership.

Q: In your work in business, how does the MSD enhance you?
A: I have been challenged to gain deeper insight into my personal coaching style and leadership practice. I have also been able to design a new model and strategy for our defence by conducting a proper diagnostic and merging theory with practice. This MSD course is providing me with the necessary tools to design novel ideas for cutting edge systems and strategies.

Q: Sport, be it recreational amateur or professional, is now a global business, how do you think the sporting landscape has evolved to accommodate this?
A: We are operating in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world and sport did not escape the rapid growth of technological and human advances. Similarly, the competencies of management and coaches have remained in their comfort zones, failing to meet the current demand for innovation and change. A capability gap has thus been created and only through intervention programs like the MSD could this be eliminated.

Q: How much do you think the infrastructure of sport would benefit from the role of the Sporting Director in rugby locally and internationally?
A: The holy grail of high performance is the value of a good question. Often we try finding answers or solutions to endless problems, but only to realise today’s problems are because of yesterday’s solutions. Qualified Sporting Directors would be able to create the climate and atmosphere for sustainable success. Applied neuroscience will in turn form the backbone of future organisational success and all MSD candidates will be well equipped leading the way.

Q: Can you explain the network opportunities the MSD provides along with the global guest faculty of lecturers?
A: Through the Masterclasses and expert facilitators I have been able to tap into a vast ally of resources for effective management practice and innovative strategies. Cutting edge ideas could be implemented on the run through international collaboration with experts met through the MSD platform.

Q: Any advice for someone looking to enrol on this exclusive program?
A: Reflecting on my first year, I would strongly recommend the MSD course to any person wishing to take their organisation to the next level. It provided me with invaluable  insight into my leadership development needs and what it takes to lead a high performing sporting organisation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year and am strongly considering a PhD after completion in 2016.

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