What All Leaders Can Learn from NASCAR

This weekend the NASCAR racing series returns to the Talladega Speedway. Last year I was interviewed by Megan Englehart of Fox Sports about the pressures facing young drivers in the Truck Series elimination race at this track. As the circuit returns to Talladega this year, I’ve reflected on some lessons all leaders can learn from high-pressure events […]

5 Steps To Avoid Complacency

Remember the fire in the belly you felt on the way to achieving a goal? It could have been a project execution, career advancement or a sports championship. You came to work each day excited, committed and motivated. Yet as a major goal is achieved a subtle process often begins to take hold. You start […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Redefining Passion In Leadership

In your leadership journey you have undoubtedly heard about the need for passion. It’s true that passion is essential to excellence. But I find leadership passion is very misunderstood. Passion comes in many different packages. When we think of passion we often go to images of highly charismatic, often dramatic, leaders giving impassioned speeches to […]

Why Aren’t More People Excellent?

The Bell Curve Theory of Life Most of us are familiar with the bell curve. Statistically, on many characteristics (such as height) people fall along a continuum. Most are near the average and very few are exceptional at both ends. There are lots of 5’9″ males and not very many 5’1″ or 7’1″ males in […]

The Difference between Success and Excellence

Most performers believe success and excellence are interchangeable terms. After all, if I’m successful I’m excellent–right? Wrong. Success is an absolute term. If you are the highest producing salesperson, win the game or beat the earnings forecast you are successful. Success in the performance world is about achieving outcomes better than others by comparison. Excellence, on […]

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 […]