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, […]

Can Confidence and Humility Coexist in a Leader?

A Lesson in the Airport The other day I was in an airport lounge preparing for my latest consulting trip. The lounge was filled with the usual business types chatting on their cell phones, having drinks and generally conveying an air of self-importance. An employee came by to clean up my area, collecting glasses and […]

High-Performance Culture: Cliché or Reality?

I often grow weary of the clichés and jargon I encounter in sports and corporations. Yet there is some truth to the notion there is a reason certain words and phrases become clichés. There are elements of truth in the words and phrases that become clichés. I try to avoid most but every once in […]

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 […]

Five Signs You are a Self-Aware Leader

Years ago, a CEO I was working with said to me “You know, no one gets to be a CEO without an ego.” What struck me about his comment was that I experienced him as one of the lowest ego CEOs I have ever worked with. He had the self-awareness to understand he had an […]

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 […]

Sustainable Excellence Through Process, Discipline & Focus (Part 3)

I’ve presented the process and discipline components of sustainable excellence in the last two posts. The final piece of the performance equation is focus. Your goal plan provides the process you follow to achieve your ultimate vision. Determining whether goals are met along the way lets you know if you have the necessary discipline to […]

Do You Have The Discipline For Excellence (Part 2)?

In last week’s post I mentioned the first of a three-step process for achieving sustainable excellence. Your individual, team or organizational goal plan is the process of excellence. It is the roadmap and guide for accomplishing the ultimate vision. The second step is discipline. Simply said, did you honor the commitments to yourself, team or organization […]