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John Yeager on Coaching

John joins Yours to Create in this mini-podcast with a preview of his thoughts on the next episode.

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John Yeager Coach, Author and Chief Education Officer at The Yeager Leadership Group
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Explore John’s book The Coaching Zone. We asked John to tell us a little about himself.

As a former athlete and a coach at the high school, college, and professional levels, I am a lifelong learner. My role models have been coaches who have continually reinvented themselves as they strove to bring out the best in themselves, their athletes, and their teams.

I have always tested my ideas about effective coaching behavior, for example, in my doctoral work at Boston University and as an assistant professor in human movement in Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education. Later, as a student in the country’s first graduate-level applied positive psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania, I focused on developing specific strategies to bring out the best in coaches, athletes, and teams. Currently, I am the chief education officer at Yeager Leadership, working with sports, business, and education clients.

For over 40 years, I’ve worked with many high school and college coaches and their teams, sometimes as a colleague, sometimes as a consultant invited to help a team emerge from a slump and/or move to higher levels of performance. I find that it always helps if they spend time clarifying the why, what, and how underlying performance.  A huge differentiator of effective coaches is that they are skilled at self-management, leading and empowering individual athletes, and systems-thinking for the whole team.

Yours to Create’s theme and interludes are by Maisie Bull. Yours to Create is produced by New England Innovation Academy.

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After our first full week into summer, we want to look back on a year-long project that yielded impressive results for three of our amazing rising 12th graders.

This past fall, NEIA 11th graders pitched products that could add value to people’s lives by curing diseases or ailments. This is part of the BioTrek Program: a joint initiative by ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute) and BioFabUSA. Students pitched their amazing ideas to Tim McCauley, their peers, and a panel of judges made up of NEIA staff members. 

Throughout these presentations, our students walked through all phases of the Biotrek journey. First, identifying a problem. Second, engineering a solution using bio-manufacturing techniques. In the third phase, they developed a business and financial model for their product. The final phase was this event: pitching to their peers and judges. They are trying to solve real medical issues, such as endometriosis, chronic lung disease, color blindness, and osteogenesis (just to name a few). 

The winners moved on to the Final Presentations judged by representatives from ARMI and Biofab, which decided
who would represent NEIA against other schools in the Biotrek Championship. The winning group chosen to go to the championship was Endopexy, created by Milena, Lila, and Max H.

Milena, Lila, and Max’s hard worked paid off as they were the winning team of the championships. We are so proud of these three innovators for working hard the whole year and being recognized in such a highly competitive program.

This project-based learning program continues to be a very valuable experience for our innovators. You can clearly see the intersection of subjects like science, math, entrepreneurship, and communications. It is the perfect example of how integrated academics lead to exciting projects and connections.

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This weekend, three of our 11th grade students: Vicki, Owen, and Langston, won first place at the Entrepreneurship for All - EforAll All Ideas Pitch Competition for their idea around the NEXTGEN Summit, a conference that Langston initiated this spring at NEIA.

Owen explains the idea to execution as follows, "My mother is an alum of the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Business Accelerator Program. One night while scrolling Instagram, she found a post by EforAll about an All Ideas Pitch Competition happening. She sent me the post at 11:20 p.m. and we were signed up for the event by 12:15 a.m. A few weeks later we were selected to table at the event with the potential of being able to participate in the final pitch competition. We landed a spot in the pitch competition, and it was a huge success as we not only won the first place prize of $1000, but also won the Fan Favorite prize for an additional $500. We were by far the youngest attendees at the event and were pitching with people who were already well removed from college."

We are so proud of our innovators and commend them for their efforts to not only seek new opportunities each and every day but to thrive within them.

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That’s a wrap! We will see you soon, innovators. We miss you already.

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