Interview: Paul Blake, Newcastle Eagles
Updated: Jun 19
Fantastic interview yesterday with Paul Blake, owner of the Newcastle Eagles. 💬🏆🏀 Within the interview we cover a whole range of topics including the lessons learned from running a professional sports team, the leadership required to win, and more recently expanding their business model to take on a venue and the new challenges that brings.
1:25 - Introduction to Paul
2:05 - The day Kobe Bryant died
4:10 - Getting started in his career
6:05 - Meeting his sporting legends
7:15 - Starting his entrepreneurial journey after a period of challenge
9:47 - Founding the Eagles as it is today
11:15 - Turning around a failed business
16:28 - Managing a professional basketball team
22:57 - Generating a culture of winning
27:00 - The incredible story of Fabulous Flournoy
30:32 - Building the Eagles Community Arena
36:10 - The Eagles Community Foundation
38:38 - Building links with local businesses
44:49 - The best advice you've ever had?
48:40 - What's next and recovering from COVID-19
Many thanks again to Paul for his time.
The aim of the Growth Strategy Roadmap™ interview series is to share the stories of real people who have real businesses. We unpick some of the business strategies behind the brands, discuss market trends and also share knowledge, ideas and the best advice they've ever had in their careers.