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Jean-Marc Lhermet, Development Director at ASM Clermont Auvergne

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #34

Today, we are pleased to welcome a figure of French rugby Jean-Marc Lhermet. Jean-Marc played with the French team from 1990 to 1993 and with AS Montferrand from 1987 to 1999. After his playing career, he remained at AS Montferrand, running the training center, and then he became the Sports Director of ASM Clermont Auvergne in 2004 and Vice President in 2008. In 2016, he left the post of sports director to lead a new development project for the Clermont-Auvergne club, whose objective is to anticipate changes in Rugby.

Jean-Marc Lhermet,
ex-Vice President of ASM Clermont Auvergne

Who is your biggest source of inspiration?

I have never tried to label myself or attempted to be like anyone.

However, the people who inspire me the most are those who demonstrate an extraordinary capacity for resilience, enduring painful experiences to achieve incredible results. To illustrate this, my latest source of inspiration (or torrent of inspiration more accurately), I found in the documentary Rising Phoenix which highlights the history of the Paralympic movement.

How do you keep learning on a daily basis?  What are your learning routines?

My learning habits revolve around reading, listening to podcasts, and viewing MOOCs.

I always have two open books available, which I browse daily. One is about personal development and learning. The other is about getting away from it all.

By car (I’m on the go quite often), I love listening to podcasts. Additionally, every week, I try to take a MOOC on one of my current interests, which can be quite varied. This could be the use of Prezi, a leadership course, or the benefits of permaculture 😉.

What are your favorite books 📚?

As stated earlier, I read quite regularly. Not very long, but often.

Besides what I call an “escape book,” I’m quite fond of historical novels, especially those by writer Ken Follett.

Regarding personal development and learning books, I was inspired by The Four Agreements. I listened to an audio version because I am quite often on the go.

The last biography that I read, which inspired me, is that by Claude Onesta, The Reign of Freedmen (French). In particular, the last part integrates the analysis of Pierre Dantin, a university professor, director of a society, and Sport and Management Chair at Aix Marseille University.

What is your favorite documentary 📺?

As for sports documentaries, I watch them very regularly, and I love them, except those relating to rugby.

It’s quite paradoxical, but I find that the films or documentaries that deal with rugby fail to capture the sport’s reality. Even Invictus, which is often referred to and praised by critics, greatly disappointed me.

I also didn’t like the Mercenaries documentary, which relies too much on clichés.

On the other hand, I loved Red Army, which tells the epic story of an exceptional generation of Russian hockey players at the time of the Cold War, Senna, which tells the story of the fabulous pilot named Ayrton Senna, and of course, Rising Phoenix.

The themes of the excesses in sports, frequently mentioned lately, have interested (and disturbed!!) me quite a bit. I would quote in particular Team USA about the sexual abuse of young American gymnasts. Also, Game Changers and Icarus, which deal with questions on nutrition and doping.

Finally, in the playoffs, The Last Dance and Formula One won me over.

I like these films because they inspire me, bring me emotion, and some of them educate me.

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