A LIFT project

Do you want a high performance culture that protects your people, maintains psychological safety, improves performance and develops resilience?

Great Minds is a resilience, wellbeing, performance and cultural development program, including specialist training for coaches and leaders, tailored wellbeing protocols, as well as team and individual training on neuroscience-based resilience.

Thriving cultures need to balance the expectation for high levels of achievement and protecting the mental health of its people. What makes this program unique is its ability to look at the big picture and the complexities that make up a high performance environment, targeting adaptable organisational protocols, leadership development and individual’s personal and professional needs.

The program has been developed by ex-Wallaby, James Holbeck and Sport Psychologist, Rachel Jones. Both James and Rachel understand what it takes to be the best at the highest level in sport and business and have years of experience across a range of sports and roles.


Key Features

  • Resilience assessment of all players and staff
  • Group Resilience Report
  • Workshops on 6 main domains of resilience including practical on and off-field skills
  • Coach mentoring and support, including debrief of group sessions
  • Mental health mentoring for leadership group
  • Work within existing structures to support current frameworks or provide protocols to develop new structures around mental health, player welfare, injury rehab, crisis management

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased resilience for players and staff  both on and off the field
  • Improved team resilience
  • Improved personal wellbeing
  • Improved awareness of mental health risks and prevention strategies
  • Improved psychological safety
  • Improved team cohesion
  • Strategies to improve mental performance
  • Increased adaptive coping strategies
  • Stronger leaders

Why choose us?

Great Minds was formed as a solution to the problem of organisations needing to continually motivate their people to reach their potential while also being responsible for each individual’s psychological well-being. Minds that are in a healthy environment generally need fewer sick days, are more likely to have longevity in their jobs and tend to have higher engagement and productivity. Rachel brings her psychological and exercise physiology background with the latest brain research and insights into performing in high pressure environments, critical incident protocols, mental health and motivational styles. James has lived in high performance environments as a professional player, welfare manager, coach and skill acquisition consultant. Together they bring a variety of approaches and interactive workshops which ensure people can identify areas that will improve their capacity to cope.

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After great discussions between Rachel and I on all things mental health and performance, I had a conversation with a high performance manager who had realised the responsibility and challenge of keeping his people safe while also pushing them to their physical, skill and emotional limits. I’d also previously worked as a skill acquistion consultant with a professional sporting team where the players weren’t just limited in specific skill aspects, they were carrying mindsets that wouldn’t allow them to progress further. Although I had some of the answers I am a believer in finding people to collaborate with who complement your skill sets. Rachel was already looking at these problems from a neuro-psychotherapy approach. Together we founded what we believe is a necessary and potentially life-changing program that balances the need for people to feel psychologically safe while building people’s capacity to endure the ongoing challenges of work, sporting environments and life.

James Holbeck

My passion for a holistic approach to mental health and performance developed in my early years working in different roles as a sports scientist and subsequently as a sport psychologist. I encountered numerous athletes and performers who were struggling as a result of limited education and self-awareness about key identity issues that had great implications for their lives both in and out of their sport setting. The goal of this program is to provide proactive insight, resources and skills to attempt to shine a light on the issues and underlying factors that contribute to the development of mental health issues and surviving rather than thriving in high performance settings. The unique combination of skills that both James and I bring to this area means that we can train individuals and organisations from a number of angles and reduce some of the barriers that have traditionally hindered progress in this area.

Rachel Jones