The psychology of performance with Jamil Quareshi

Jamil Qureshi

Jamil Qureshi (@Jamil_Qureshi) is one of the foremost practitioners of performance psychology and an expert in high performance. As the co-founder of several change agencies – We Do Things Differently, Loudhouse and JQED – Jamil has worked with a rich diversity of the most talented business and sportspeople and teams in the world.

In 2006, he was appointed as the first-ever official psychologist to work with the European Ryder Cup team. They made history in winning by a record-equalling margin. In addition, Jamil has worked with 22 golfers inside the top 50 in the world, including two world number 1’s. His clients have included Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey, Thomas Bjorn and Sergio Garcia.

Ranked among the most influential figures in British sport in 2009, Jamil was voted in the top 100 most powerful men in golf 2008 by his international peers. And it doesn’t stop there.
Jamil has worked successfully with three English Premiership football clubs, one of which reaching a record position from its halfway point in the season. He has worked with footballers from Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC, Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC, Fomula 1 drivers David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine and the 2009 England Ashes-winning cricketers.


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2:57 First career steps

5:20 Jamil’s approach to performance psychology

8:32 Important psychological principles

9:56 Finding your purpose

11:36 Attitude

14:16 Thinking differently

17:34 Ownership

How to get employees to take ownership:

19:01 Inner negative voices

22:04 Motivation and resilience

24:48 The role of a sports psychologist

26:18 Mental toughness

29:56 Prediction in sports

31:54 Playing vs analyzing

33:31 Reaching goals

35:21 Fear

40:24 From sport to business

42:56 Children in sport

47:01 Leadership development

49:58 Creativity

54:16 Magic and stand-up

55:43 Luck

56:36 Rapid-fire questions