Live the anthem: just be good
In an incredibly inspiring speech, National Women’s Soccer Coach John Herdman breaks down the Canadian anthem to give life lessons, asking the question, “what’s your true north?” Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015.
Head Coach of the Canadian Senior Women’s National Soccer Team, John Herdman quickly reshaped a squad that had lost its way into one that captured the hearts and minds of Canadians by winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Before joining the Canadian team, Herdman was head coach of the New Zealand Women’s National team from 2006 to 2011, leading his players to competition at Women’s World Cups in 2007 and 2011 and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He also held the position of New Zealand’s Director of Football Development, where he introduced changes that have revolutionized how soccer is organized and delivered with his award-winning “Whole of Football Plan.” He was nominated for the 2012 Coach of the Year Award by FIFA, the body governing soccer around the world.
To his team and in his presentations to business groups, Herdman stresses the importance of developing a high-performance culture, learning to overcome adversity with grace, and the role of leaders to inspire trust, confidence and success.