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Podcast 260: Finding Purpose on the Pitch with Performance Coach Steve Tashjian

Steve Tashjian is a world-renowned high-performance expert with decades of experience in elite sport, managing teams, and high performers. He has prepared triathletes for the Kona Ironman, boxers for world title fights, teams to play Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League, and the U.S. Men’s Team (USMNT) for the World Cup in 2022.

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On this week’s episode, WHOOP VP of Performance Science, Principal Scientist, Kristen Holmes is joined by performance coach Steve Tashjian. Kristen and Steve discuss how he got into sport and high performance, how he defines high performance, organizations reacting to stress, managing performance for the USMNT, working for Everton FC, coaching teams vs individuals, and where things go wrong for organizations and individuals.


  • 2:08 - How Steve got into sport and high performance
  • 9:15 - How Steve defines high performance
  • 14:38 - Organizations reacting to stress
  • 18:46 - Steve managing performance for the USMNT
  • 24:23 - Working for Everton FC
  • 31:50 - Managing the complex nature of an organization and its players
  • 40:31 - Mitigating pressure
  • 48:44 - Curiosity and Risk leading to high performance
  • 55:52 - Coaching teams vs coaching individuals
  • 1:05:19 - Where things go wrong for organizations and individuals

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