Joe Gallagher

... new blood motivates old blood ....

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Joe Gallagher is a former amateur boxer who started coaching in 1993. He has been involved in over 300 professional fights, 100 title fights and his fighters have won World, European,. British and Commonwealth titles.

In 2015 he became the USA Ring Magazine World Trainer of the year and then . the 2018-19 Boxing News trainer of the year.

In 2018 Joe set up the Joe Gallagher Academy in Manchester which is backed by England Amateur Boxing which provides Education and boxing courses for 16-18 year olds. In 2019 Joe received award for the work done with the academy at the This Is Manchester Awards ceremony for making a difference in the community.

Some of the highlights were:

  • His belief that new blood motivates old blood, and how he brings this to life in the gym.

  • The work he does giving back to the community through his academy in Manchester which he says gives him a feeling that “ there’s nothing better than’” which is saying something given ther world champions he has coached.

  • His learning that underdogs meed to have grit, tenacity and desire if they are to succeed.

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Leadership Skills

On this episode 18 Great Coaches talk about Commitment and how and how it connects passion with your goals.

The key lessons I have taken on away on the topic of Commitment from our interview guests are:

  • Passion is the starting point for anyone who wants to achieve a goal that is, in the words of one of our great coaches, something that most people would never even dream of.

  • Then you form expectations that are internally driven and commit to a plan to help you achieve your goals.

  • The goals you set should be stretching, and in the top end of your performance potential. And the goals do not need to be defined by the end result such as winning a gold medal or championship.

  • As a coach or leader helping someone achieve their goals, you need to be able to explain why you are asking them to do what you are advising. While also helping them manage the distractions that can de-rail their commitment.

  • And, finally, your commitment as the leader will need to be greater than the person or team that you are leading towards their goal.


In the interview with Joe Gallagher he talks about reading this book on holiday.

“In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed--be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people--that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls "grit."


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