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 […]

Don’t Waste Your Time With Mission Statements

Many performers have been summoned to a “team building” meeting and asked to create a mission statement for their athletic team, corporate department, non-profit organization, etc. The problem with these meetings (and most forms of team building) is they ultimately turn out to be a waste of valuable time. Performers have been through these types […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Excellence Keys: Prepare, Perform, Evaluate

In any performance oriented situation or profession, there are three keys to achieving sustainable excellence. You won’t knock it out of the park on every occasion. Guess what, you’re human! But I’ve found that following this three step process allows performers to achieve consistent excellence over time. Prepare I’m surprised how many executives attend important […]

Treat Every Meeting As A Performance

Most senior leaders have worked in their organizations or professions for long periods of time. They are often very comfortable with the individuals and/or situations they encounter in most meetings. This can lead to a casual mentality towards meetings, treating them more as conversations rather than performances. In reality, every time you enter a meeting […]

Are You a Performer?

Greetings. Are you a performer?  Your stage may not be a literal one – it may be a work place, or your home life – but you love the show, the adrenaline that comes with it, and the artistry it demands.  When you get ready to go to work, you say to yourself, “Show’s on,” […]