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The Coach Behind Johanna Konta's Transformation

By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

This week Johanna Konta made history by becoming the first female British tennis player to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978. Shortly after her victory in the quarter-finals over Simona Halep, Johanna Konta paid tribute to Juan Coto; the sports psychologist who she credits with her steady rise up the world rankings in the past few years. She shared the impact that Mr Coto not only made on her tennis, but also her as a person.

"Juan was a tremendous influence on me. That went beyond my tennis career. He was someone who approached his work with me in a very holistic manner. I think he did a tremendous job with me in working on my happiness as a person, as a human being, as dealing with life in general. In turn, looked to help me enjoy something that I've loved since I was a little girl, and to try to be the best at that."

Mr Coto helped Ms Konta to become more proactive, supporting her to focus more on her performance and what she is in control of as she explained:

"I guess it was more of not associating myself with where I was ranked or what my result was, but truly just seeing my career as being the best that I can be."

Juan Coto tragically committed suicide last year aged 47, but the legacy of his work with Johanna Konta has been noticed by tennis legends. Quoted in this article by the Evening Standard Virginia Wade has been particularly impressed with Ms Konta's focus and said:

“You have to protect yourself and put up a barrier so that you don’t let them impose themselves on what has been so good with her concentration and her game plan. It’s very well rehearsed and I’m ultra impressed. I haven’t seen a player with the same sort of dedication and determination for a long time.”  

The story behind Johanna Konta's transformation is yet another example of the difference that good mentorship and coaching can make for someone to improve their levels of career success and happiness.

Why This CEO's Response To "Mental Health" Leave Has Gone Viral...

By Jairaj Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Madalyn Parker is a web developer for Olark Live Chat and recently asked for some time off from her team to focus on her mental and emotional well-being. How her CEO Ben Congleton responded has gone viral...

Her tweet has now more than 40,000 likes and her CEO again responded saying:

“I had no idea my response would become so visible— the reactions revealed that my stance on mental health in the workplace is unconventional, to say the least. I started realising how impactful 🙂 my email had been after I began reading some of the responses to Madalyn’s tweet. Some of the responses brought tears to my eyes.

There were so many stories of people wishing they worked at a place where their CEO cared about their health, and so many people congratulating me on doing such a good thing. This should be business as usual. We have a lot of work to do.”

This is a humbling example of how the right support and care for someone can make a dramatic difference not only in their life, but in the lives of others as Business Insider highlighted:

"According to the charity Mind, in its report "Taking care of business: Employers' guide to mentally healthy workplaces," studies are cited which show how most senior managers severely underestimate the scale of mental health problems in their workplace.

In 2003, a study by the UK Health and Safety Executive found that up to five million people feel extremely stressed at work, and around a million people were so stressed by their jobs that they believed it was making them ill.

"When an athlete is injured they sit on the bench and recover," wrote Ben Congleton. "Let's get rid of the idea that somehow the brain is different."

There are many successful people who have suffered from issues with their mental health, here are two key lessons we can learn from Prince Harry’s mental health challenges...

Teenager Takes Over Southern Rail's Twitter Account With Hilarious Consequences! 

By Daniel Schmitz, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Eddie, a 15-year-old work experience student was put in charge of Southern Rail’s Twitter account on Tuesday. After introducing himself and offering to answer questions, lots of social media users picked up on this opportunity and started to tweet him. This developed into many positive, humorous and human conversations with some very different questions being asked, for example:

Adam Winstone asked: "Would you rather fight 1 horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?"

Eddie replied: "100 duck-sized horses. A horse-sized duck would be pretty scary! You? ^Eddie"

Southern Rail has been dogged by bad press and a negative image with its Twitter account usually dominated by complaints! So it was very well received when Eddie’s twitter session led to positive media coverage with one user saying: "I've never seen so much positivity on the @SouthernRailUK Twitter feed."

Here are some of Eddie's tweets:

Eddie shows us the difference we can make to others when we are human and genuine in the way we express ourselves instead of pretending to be someone we are not. This can be very liberating and create a very different experience for everyone involved. So it's great to see that Eddie will be back again on Southern Rail's Twitter account very soon! Read more here in this Sky News article.

Using humour to make an impact is something that many legends use to communicate important messages. Here's an example of how Elon Musk used humour to raise awareness around the issue of climate change in a fun way.

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My passion is education because I feel that so many more people would be able to lead happier, more successful and fulfilling lives if we all had access to a more inspiring education system. Working with a great team to make a positive impact on preparing the next generation is what drives me. As an Associate Partner at Lighthouse International and Co-Founder of Lighthouse Kidz I am committed to developing my ability to bring together emerging leaders and social entrepreneurs to make a positive difference in the world. Presently I'm working on a variety of initiatives such as bringing together the people, expertise and resources to ensure that everyone has access to clean water.

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