5 Reasons Leaders Don’t Give Tough Feedback

Most of us agree we can’t be great without candid feedback, especially about things we can improve in ourselves and our performance. Yet often we don’t receive this feedback at all or react poorly when we do. Lisa McKale recently published a very nice infographic on Resourceful Manager regarding this topic. In my experience these are typical reasons […]

5 Steps to Self-Discipline

Think about the last time you decided to improve something about yourself, your team or a relationship. If you’re like most people, you started strongly, then faded slightly, then faded more and eventually slipped back into the same pattern that motivated you to make the change initially. It bothers you when you think about it, […]

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 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, […]

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, […]

USA Women’s Gymnastics: A True High-Performance Team

There are numerous articles and books about high-performance teams. I am influenced by these sources and use them in my work with executive and sport teams. However, when you are witnessing a true high-performance team in real time you are emotionally moved and intuitively understand the elements involved. I had that experience while watching the […]

Sustainable Excellence Through Process, Discipline & Focus (Part 1)

Don’t rely on the latest tip of the day or fad of the month to achieve your personal or collective best. There will always be another leadership book, training program, diet, etc. proclaiming to take you to the Promised Land. Truth be told, many techniques are helpful for temporarily improving some aspect of your individual […]

Are You Motivated By Ego?

If you are a performer it’s key to understand why you choose to compete. If you are managing or coaching performers it’s even more important to understand what motivates them in order to lead effectively. Research has identified two primary motivations for individuals who enter into the world of competition. They are ego and mastery. […]

Understanding Process and Outcome

If I had to select one concept that is most important for performers to understand to achieve sustainable excellence, it would be grasping the relationship between process and outcome. We are trained by our companies, coaches and society to focus on outcomes. Did you win or lose the game? Did you win or lose the […]