Connect With Those You Lead

What comes to mind when you hear the term leader or leadership? For most, it is some combination of power, charisma, intelligence, charm and motivation. It is true that many effective leaders have these qualities. Yet, in order to be a truly great leader you must genuinely connect with those you lead. You cannot do […]

Trump v. Clinton: Preparation = Performance

If you’ve read any of the analysis of the 2016 Trump-Clinton presidential debates, you’ve encountered significant discussion about different preparation styles.  Hillary Clinton prepares with hours of study, mock debates and notes.  Donald Trump, famously, prefers to wing it. By general consensus, Hillary Clinton won the first debate and Donald Trump performed somewhat better in the […]

How Lin-Manuel Miranda Created a Smash Hit: Leadership Lessons

When’s the last time you’ve heard so much buzz about a Broadway musical? Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda has turned a history lesson into a serious case of ticket envy across America. Even before Hamilton was nominated for a record sixteen Tony awards and claimed eleven top prizes, people have been willing to stand in […]

What Does Success Mean to You?

Many individuals seek success. Is there anything wrong with that? Let’s face it, success is better than failure. Winning is better than losing. But high performers can also seek success for the wrong reasons. In addition to creating plans and goals to achieve success, I believe it’s important for high performers to understand why they […]

What Motivates You?

You’ve seen the familiar headlines. A professional athlete destroys his locker after a loss… Or complains that he isn’t getting the ball enough… Or complains about other teammates in the press rather than behind closed doors. The executive lavishly refurbishes his office with shareholder money, as if to create a personal shrine…Or allows the company […]

What We Can Learn From Adversity

Adversity comes in many forms. It could be the loss of a big game, failing to get a promotion, a bombed presentation or losing a business deal to a competitor. More seriously, adversity may come in the form of  being fired, having significant financial difficulty, a relationship ending or serious illness. Regardless of the variety, […]

How Do I Get in the Zone?

You know the feeling. Everything is going your way. The ball goes straight down the fairway every time. Before you hit your shot you KNOW it’s going to be good. The words are rolling off your tongue during the speech or presentation. You have the audience on the edge of their seats. You close the […]

Thoughts On Leadership From A Fortune 20 Executive

I’m fortunate that practically all my corporate clients genuinely care about leadership and demonstrate this commitment in our engagement. However, many executives claim to be interested in leadership yet their behavior often doesn’t match their speech. I’ve recently crossed paths with a senior leader (not a client) who writes about and demonstrates leadership. Karin Hurt […]

Radio Interview on the Psychological Aspects of Performance

Enjoyed a great radio interview with Bryce Johnson http://www.unpackinit.com on sport psychology. We discussed a range of topics that also apply to executive coaching and any other performance oriented pursuit. Some of the concepts we discussed include: The importance of psychological skills at the highest level of performance Can mental toughness be learned? How can I […]

Can You REALLY Let Go of the Outcome?

I’ve written before on the concept of process versus outcome in achieving sustainable excellence (see Understanding Process & Outcome). As a leader, coach or performer the basic concept is simple. Focus on the task at hand and let the outcomes take care of themselves. I’ve spoken with countless clients about this over the years. But recently, […]