Greg Baker – Head Coach British Para Table Tennis, Performance Mentor and Executive Coach

October 19, 2020

If you want to be the best coach (or person!) you can be, perform at the highest level, achieve success following success or build a performance culture then this is definitely a listen for you.

Greg shares many insights in working with para athletes, building teams for the Olympic games as well as how he has managed himself though the highs and lows of his career in sport.

Greg has 20+ years experience of being involved in High Performance Sport as an Athlete, Coach, Head Coach, Executive Coach and Performance Mentor

Given that Greg has a real passion for building teams and cultures through people I can assure you that there will be some fantastic take aways and tips for you the work on.


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Success Quote or saying:

  • Parental support and caring was crucial
  • Coach athlete relationship – it’s 2 way relationship to be successful
  • As we get older and more experienced, we need that challenge even more to keep us learning and improving
  • I realised I didn’t know all the answers
  • Culture develops and changes depending on your context
  • Make sure you have leaders everywhere that want to step up
  • It comes back to principles, values and common purpose
  • To influence yourself you have to be able to influence yourself first
  • The more you can align your behaviours and your intentions the better
  • Take in the input and perspective of others to make really informed decisions
  • Ask great questions to challenges others (athletes) assumptions and beliefs
  • Knowing what type of approach to take given the situation – psychological flexibility
  • Be bold in your vision and meticulous in your planning (Shakleton)


Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend are? 

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage to the Antarctic by Alfred Lansing

Score Takes Care Of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules by L. David Marquet


In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Don’t think you have all the answers

Don’t think that everyone else has all the answers – you have a view and perspective.

Listen, learn and be curious from an early age!


Who has made a big impact on you?

My parents – they supo

Neil Robinson

Matt Kenny

Andrew Rushton

Gorazd Vecko



Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Eddie Jones



Coaching questions I would like to pose:



How well do you know yourself – What do you need to do to uncover your blind spots or be re assured that what is perceived and what is actually received is aligned?



How do your reset yourself before every interaction so that you bring the best version of you to all your relationships and interactions?  What do you need to do to ensure that this reset is effective for you?


Contact info:


LinkedIn – Greg Baker   (Head Coach at British Para Table Tennis)

 (further contact details can be found on LinkedIn if needed)

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