Greg Searle for Executive Coaching Page

On 2nd August 1992 Greg won gold in Barcelona aged 20. He competed with his older brother Jonny and cox Garry Herbert. When Garry called “If not now, when?” the Searle brothers moved the pace on and won what has been described by coaches and commentators as the greatest rowing race of all time.

Exactly 20 years later, the stage was set for Greg to make history by winning a second Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games. The dream nearly came true at Eton Dorney when, in the final 750m of the men’s eights final, the British crew took the lead. But despite enormous home support, they couldn’t hold off the previously unbeaten Germans and bravely hung on to win bronze.

The disappointment was clear to see as the team stood on the medal podium but Greg is well aware of the huge contrast a few centimetres make over a 2km rowing course. He finished an agonising 4th place at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the experience of coming away with nothing tangible has made him all the more appreciative of the success he enjoyed as part of TeamGB in summer 2012.

The seeds of Greg’s ‘comeback’ were sown as he waited for his flight home having commentated on the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poland. A strong belief that he could still perform on the water combined with the prospect of competing at a home Olympic Games lured Greg out of retirement. His vision was clear – to win a second Olympic title, aged 40, exactly two decades after his victory in Barcelona.

Having spent 15 years as an executive coach Greg was a much smarter athlete in 2012. He realized he himself needed to adapt and work more effectively within a team environment if he was to fulfill his potential this time. This involved becoming less egocentric and seeking to understand team mates and coaches in order to grow trusting relationships. Over his three years in Team GB, Greg worked hard to develop effective relationships with the rest of the team. Closer in age to his coaches than his team-mates, he had to know when to lead and when to be a great follower! He was able to appreciate both the expectation and the huge opportunity afforded him by the London Olympics.

Greg is now inspiring peak performance in teams and individuals by sharing the behaviours required to bring the enthusiasm he had at 20 coupled to the wisdom he had at 40.

After the Sydney Games, Greg was faced with the difficult decision about whether to commit to another Olympic campaign. As the new Millennium started, two pivotal events helped him to make up his mind. Firstly, his wife Jenny gave birth to their daughter, Josie, and secondly he had a call from British sailor, Ian Walker, with an interesting proposition. How did Greg fancy giving ‘grinding’ a go with the British America’s Cup sailing team?

The answer was ‘yes’ and Greg, Jenny and Josie moved to the South Coast of England for six months before heading to Auckland for just over a year with the rest of the GBR Challenge. Greg learnt a lot about himself and also how to work within a very different team dynamic during the campaign. He also had to deal with a major setback when, just a few months prior to the Challenger Series for the America’s Cup, he smashed his elbow in a serious cycling accident. While his bones healed, he took the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge of sailing whilst keeping fit enough to return home and run the London Marathon six weeks after the accident.

While he enjoyed the experience of racing in New Zealand, he was happy to return to the UK and relocate to his current home town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Josie’s brother, Adam, arrived in 2003 and Greg settled into working back with Lane 4 and enjoying life with his young family.

At Lane4 Greg led a diverse team who shared a passion to help others perform at their best. He qualified as an Executive Coach and worked with individuals and teams as well as shaping large organization development programs for clients including Nestle, Honda, BT, and Coca-Cola Enterprises.

On a personal level, Greg is doing his bit for the Olympic legacy of keeping the nation fit and active. Most evenings and weekends are dedicated to watching Josie swim and Adam play cricket. He is also keen to develop his skills on the golf course!!

Email Debbie@room54.co.uk for more information about booking Greg to speak at your event, call 01753 632800.

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