Walter Brock is the Former Director Of Athletics Development at Columbia University in New York.
Walt was a football student-athlete at St. Mary’s College in California and Sacramento State University, where he learned the ins-and-outs of athletic department culture as an intern. He started his professional career -- post-graduation -- with the NCAA. A native of San Francisco, Walt went back to the Bay Area to work with the Oakland Raiders as a Sales Account Executive and then as Director of Sports Services with Conference USA.
Today, Walt is a guest lecturer and also a leadership consultant with Forward Progress Athletics Consulting.
In our conversation, we discuss about transitions at work and in life -- something he experienced quite often throughout his personal and professional journey. We also dive into how change is easily perceived as a threat, but it could be a blessing in disguise.
Enjoy the show!
Transitions - Sometimes young professionals get stuck, paralyzing them from adapting [8:30]
Difference between listening, active listening and hearing [12:28]
The value of patience and giving yourself grace [15:09]
A change in mentality when it comes to money. Remember the value you add [19:00]
In sales, develop a narrative and a story about the experiences you’re creating [22:31]
Importance of dreaming and writing things down [26:05]
Overcoming your past, even trauma, to reach your goals [27:24]
Defining and cultivating initiative [28:37]
“No one gets to where they’re at alone. They all have someone to help them along the way.”
“From my mentor, I learned to develop a narrative about my assets. This is half the battle.”
“If you’re making a transition, do your due diligence, do your research, find out industry leaders to get knowledge.”
“As a former athlete, we’re our worst critics.”
Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant: “As competitive athletes, we always seek the next thing after we’ve successfully achieved one goal. But we need to better appreciate the process.”
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