The Big Presentation

A big presentation can be one of the most challenging and important performances for any professional. It can range from presenting the latest market research findings to an executive team to pitching a large client. It is said that public speaking is the number one fear of most people, and it’s no wonder, standing up […]

Who is holding you accountable?

Reinventing performance management strategies has gained much attention in recent years. Some feel that existing practices are outdated, while others believe that performance management practices have just been used incorrectly. Regardless of where you sit on the issue, the fact remains that if we are not accountable to any one person, goal, or objective, deadlines […]

We All Have Next Level Abilities

It seems no matter where people work, there continues to be an increasing focus on improving skills and abilities. This could be something as improving operational efficiencies or just being more effective at utilizing the skills and abilities of the people you lead. Regardless of the new demands and challenges we all face in a […]

Are you doing enough boring stuff?

How excited are you to complete those dull, and well, not so exciting tasks? The majority of us tend to place those tasks at the end of our ‘to do’ lists. Perhaps we might come up with reasons not to do them, such as I don’t want to make another call or I have done […]

Are You Celebrating Your Small Victories?

By now, we are in the process of working towards our 2016 goals. We know where to focus our time and attention in order to achieve these goals. Unfortunately, in our fast-paced world we have come to expect “overnight” results and success. This unrealistic expectation often leads to burnout and disappointment, and we may in […]

Finding Your Unique Performance Path

Over the course of my career, I have written numerous articles, and had the opportunity to work with very talented people in the area of human performance. There is always something new and exciting happening, whether we are looking at how to improve employee engagement or discovering the next generation of leaders within our organizations. […]

Setting the Big One

It’s the start of the New Year and you have some “big” goals you want to achieve. These goals could be personal or career-related. You are feeling highly motivated about achieving these goals, then four weeks pass, and you find yourself off track and back into your old habits. This scenario is all too common, […]

Clarity Comes Through Doing

I was assisting an organization in the development of a training program for new employees, and at our first meeting I was handed a 110 page learning “strategy” document. Yes, I was astounded by the amount of time and effort someone had put into creating this document. I soon realized that no one wanted to […]

What happened to the other 5%?

I remember when I was in high school I received a 95% on a mid-term exam. I was so happy with the mark that I showed my parents and they were both very happy for me. Then the following weekend, I showed my uncle, who was a very accomplished doctor of veterinary medicine my exam, […]

What Happened to Mental Toughness in the Workplace?

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Unknown I sometimes find myself smiling at these types of motivational quotes. Kept in context, they can serve as a source of motivation and perspective when we incur challenges in our lives. I have been fortunate in both my professional and athletic life to have learned firsthand what […]