Dr. Karen MacNeill has the unique experience of having both competed and consulted on the World Stage. She is a registered psychologist and performance consultant with over 18 years of experience helping Olympians, organizations and business leaders consistently bring their best in high pressure situations.
She has worked with athletes competing at the last 4 Olympic Winter Games, and competed herself at the international level for over a decade.
Karen applied her knowledge and expertise in her capacity as Manager of Sport Psychology Services for Vancouver Olympic Committee’s medical team at the 2010 Olympic Games. Most recently, she was the Lead Mental Health Counsellor for the Canadian Olympic Committee at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea. At the 2018 Games, she was also the Mental Performance Consultant for Ski Cross Canada who had their best Olympic result to date capturing the Gold medal in the men’s event and Gold and Silver medals in the women’s event.
Karen has become a partner and Chief Product Officer with a digital health media company, Headversity, which offers innovative education through on-site and on-line programs to help people to build mental resilience and thrive.
In this episode, Karen and Cindra discuss:
- Why you need a “mental fitness golf bag”
- The rationale for giving 80-90% not 100%
- The importance of considering your personal brand
- Why we each need to “do the work” on ourselves
- How resilience is proactive not reactive