Coach John Brubaker or Coach Bru…
Brings more than fifteen years of experience in Leadership Development, Coaching and Human Resource Management to his work as a performance consultant, motivational speaker and author. John Brubaker’s professional background is rich and varied. Prior to launching his consultancy, he spent over a decade as a college head coach and professor. Most recently, Brubaker spent four years on air with ESPN Radio and Fox Sports as an analyst and personality.
Coach Bru guided the St. Andrew’s College lacrosse program from 2001-2004 leading them to unparalleled success producing Top 10 national rankings each year and an NCAA Final Four appearance. A three time coach of the year, Brubaker has coached nine All-Americans and had seven of his players drafted to play professionally. He’s a popular speaker at trade shows and conventions and is author of the book, “The Coach Approach: Success Strategies From The Locker Room To The Board Room.” He lives in Maine with his wife and two kids is active in his community and spends a lot of time working with deaf children.
1. Do you think business owners and managers need to think like a coach when running their business and what does that entail?
2. How would you describe your coaching style when you wore a whistle? If one end of the spectrum is a laid back coach like NBA coach Cotton Fitzsimmons, in the middle a coach like Pat Riley and then at the other end Bobby Knight.
3. Do you have one player during your coaching career that you would describe as a “Coach Bru” kind of player? Or maybe someone today in professional sports?
4. Hardest thing about coaching kids these days?
5. Technology that can carry over from sports to the boardroom?
6. We all love to watch ESPN and other sports channels, but can they be a bad thing, putting athletes on pedestals and focusing on the superstars.
7. A lot of athletes I talk to emphasize the fact that they have to manage their time and get into a routine… how important is that in the working world?
8. You use social media and have a great and easy to navigate website, is this a must for everyone today?
9. You talk about being an underdog, and that can apply to sports and in life, are the successful people the ones that embrace being the underdog and turn that into a way where it brings out the best in them?
10. One difference between coaching a sports team and coaching business executives?
11. The one piece of modern technology you can’t live without in your professional or personal life?