Mark Turner – Coaching Saved My Life

active CEO Podcast #61 Mark Turner Coaching Saved My Life

Mark Turner – Coaching Saved My Life
Mark Turner – Lead Performance Coach Triathlon Scotland

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Mark Turner about how coaching saved my life, losing humility, being vulnerable and establishing a high performance environment.

We also delve into the lessons he learnt working in the Queensland Police Force, being an agent for change, losing it all after selling a highly successful Shapland Swim School franchise, establishing Triathlon Nation and being recruited as the Lead Performance Coach at Triathlon Scotland.

Mark Turner – Coaching Saved My Life

Mark Turner is a leader who focuses on developing people to maximize their potential athletically, unlock their true why and purpose, and creating a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. He is a passionate, driven and humble leader who has raised over $100,000 for Epilepsy Queensland and Special Olympics, Mark Turner.

His education includes an Advanced Certificate in Policing from the Queensland University of Technology; and Management Development Post-graduate Program at Queensland Police Service.

He has a passion for serving the community with 13 years in the Queensland Police Service, a business owner of the Shapland Swim School Everton Park, Head Coach for the Brisbane Girls Grammar School athletics team, General Manager of Healthstream Aquatic and Fitness Queensland, State Manager and Elite Programs Manager AFL Umpiring Queensland and Coaching Director of Tri Nation Triathlon. Earlier this year our guest was recruited as the Lead Performance Coach for Triathlon Scotland.

Mark talks about:

  • Being a shy child, who lacked confidence, growing up in a socially minded family.
  • Key lessons from a thirteen-year career in the Queensland Police Force.
  • Learning how to read people, listen to people and look at behaviours.
  • Switching from serving the community to building your own community.
  • How a lack of humility, meant losing it all.
  • Not being able to pay rent, and not have a job or a business.
  • Putting a peg in the ground and starting again, when he lost it all.
  • Making the decision to go full-time coaching.
  • Living in a mate’s garage and the struggles behind the scenes.
  • Coaching Saved My Life.
  • Excepting he had depression in 2014 after a full breakdown.
  • What he had been through was significant and didn’t need to battle alone.
  • The power of vulnerability is amazing.
  • As humans we are designed to live in communities and be connected.
  • Chasing the dream of being a high performance coach.
  • Lead Performance Coach for Triathlon Scotland.
  • Building open and honest relationships, having a genuine care for the athletes and having the technical expertise.
  • What causes people to react in two different ways emotionally?

Active CEO Performance Tip

Playing the Long Game – It’s so easy to get caught up in the detail of the business and forget to look after the health and wealth of your company long term. Focus on long game and put things in place so that in the future your company is thriving, growing and stepping up the game so you can stay one step ahead of the game in the market place.


“We need to be at our best for the athletes that we coach to get them to be at their best. It’s is the same for us. If we are not at our best, how do we expect the athletes to be at their best?” Being a high performing leader with Mark Turner on the active CEO Podcast.

“Getting the basics right. Getting all the things right that don’t require talent and holding each other to account.  Having environments where there is psychological safety where you can have open and honest challenging and candid conversations between coaches, support staff, athletes-to-coaches.” Mark Turner discusses a high performance environment, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Anyone in a position of leadership whether it is a coach, a teacher, an educator, politician or anyone in a position of influence, the more that they can say, I have had my struggles to and it was really hard.” Mark Turner talks about a real sense of power for being vulnerable, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Mark Turner LinkedIn
Mark Turner Twitter
Mark Turner Instagram
Mark Turner Facebook
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn

Recommended Reading:

Mark Turner – Triathlon Secrets For The Age Grouper (E-Book, Coming Soon)

active CEO Podcast Garry Mills (Garry Mills Peak Performance) – Yes Prime Minister

active CEO Podcast #33 Garry Mills Yes Prime Minister

Garry Mills – CEO Garry Mills Peak Performance

On this episode of the active CEO Podcast, Craig Johns and Ben Gathercole speak with Garry Mills about lessons from the police force; being a Bodyguard for former Australian Prime Minister John Howard; and being a mental health advocate with Beyond Blue and Blokepedia. We also talk about learning to live and cope with depression; living a playboy lifestyle; staying in the moment; setting social media parameters; the importance of situation and self-awareness; and helping people improve their lives.

Garry Mills is a resilient, determined and trusted freelance entrepreneur, facilitator, Keynote Speaker and Trainer. He is a former bodyguard for the Australian Prime Minister and other dignitaries, an executive level Australian Public Servant and former police officer. Making a difference in other people’s lives is his passion and has recently joined Blokepedia as a Director and continues to be an ambassador for Beyond Blue.

As a devoted father he loves the challenge of being an Ironman triathlete. He is an entrepreneur with Garry Mills Peak Performance, as well as a very talented TV actor and corporate video/podcast presenter and has spent time on the radio. In 2017, he became famous for finishing second with Team Australia in the Photonis Ultimate Forces Challenge, an international outdoor sports and survival competition & reality TV show.

Garry talks about:

  • Dreaming of being a fighter pilot and police officer as a child.
  • Working in the wool industry as a Jackaroo, before joining the Victorian Police in 1996.
  • Fears around presentations and speaking with lots of eyeballs looking at you.
  •  “I am” rather than “I want to be”
  • Enjoying the moment when on the start line of a triathlon.
  • Being reactive as a policeman, versus being proactive in the background as a bodyguard.
  • Your communication goes to a whole new level as a bodyguard for the Prime Minister
  • Leaders need to be adaptable and flexible, because of the rate of change.
  • Living someone else’s life as a bodyguard.
  • Learning to know when you can relax and when you can be on.
  • During the 2,000’s his mental health started to deteriorate and work becoming his only focus.
  • Hitting rock bottom in 2012 and the decision to seek help for his depression.
  • Being present in the moment. Not worrying about what happened yesterday and what is going to happen tomorrow.
  • Working with Josh Cornby, who started Blokepedia in 2017.
  • “Conversations that matter”
  • Breaking down barriers and providing a safe and open place for men to be honest about how they are feeling and supporting their mates.
  • There is so much serious stuff in the world and laughter is the best medicine.
  • Being part of the Photonis Ultimate Forces Challenge with his wife in Bali.
  • Eating a bowl of silkworms in the food markets.
  • His wife Nicole having the greatest influence on his life.

Active CEO Wellness Tip                                                       

Energy Management – Most CEO’s and Leaders spend time focusing on managing their time rather than managing their energy. If you focus on managing time you will tend to create overload and over time you will run out of energy. You have to manage your energy and productive down time as it will allow you to maintain a higher threshold of performance over a longer period of time.


“Having a close network of friends, who all look after each other. We will all reach out. You don’t have to have gone through it to help somebody.” Being there for friends who have depression with Garry Mills, on the active CEO Podcast.

“Why cant we just make happy films?” Garry Mills has one question he would like to solve, on the active CEO Podcast.

Resources Mentioned in this show:

Garry Mills LinkedIn
Garry Mills Peak Performance
Garry Mills YouTube
Blokepedia Facebook
Blokepedia LinkedIn
Beyond Blue
Beyond Blue Facebook
Craig Johns
Craig Johns LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole LinkedIn
Ben Gathercole Performance Coaching

Recommended Reading:

Better Than Winning – Ben Gathercole