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Bruce Edgar – Head Coach Wellington Firebirds Cricket Team (2015-2019)

Bruce Edgar is a legend of New Zealand Cricket and Wellington at all levels - as a player, selector, board member and coach. Although you would never catch him saying that about himself. 

As the Head Coach of the Firebirds Cricket team in Wellington, he oversaw a rebuild of the culture in the Firebirds' dressing room from 2015, which has had far reaching impact on individual players and team performance over the past four years. 

In 2018, he and assistant coach, Glenn Pocknall (now head coach) decided to inject The Emotional Culture Deck into the way the team co-created the team culture.

This is what he had to say about his experience using The Emotional Culture Deck as part of the pre-season preparation for another season:

“I’ve been blown away by the team culture work we've done this pre season. No sporting team I’ve ever been involved in as a player or coach has gone through through this type of work.

We have worked hard on becoming ‘one team’ and connected with the history of Cricket Wellington through past players and the values they espouse. And we’ve created a conversation about how our players feel and don’t feel and the impact this has on culture of our team.

Using The Emotional Culture Deck has created a conversation that we would not usually be able to have as a team. What I’ve learned about my players, and what they have learned about each other, will help us better relate to each other and care for each other. I can’t wait to see that flow into the way the team play together on and off the field.”