What happens when plan A falls apart?

Your plan (A) to deliver a big project is in place. You have invested a considerable amount of time meeting with people to discuss workloads, resources, and critical dates. Then you implement the plan and after a few weeks, everything falls apart. Don’t worry if you find yourself in this situation, most people who have […]

Is business the most competitive sport?

  I recently heard Mark Cuban from ABC’s Sharks Tank say in an interview that business is the most competitive sport there is. Given our modern day world, we don’t always know where our competition will come from, and we certainly have no control over everything in our field of play. Often, people shy away […]

Are you focused on the performance journey?

It’s said that life is all about the journey. To people and teams who are committed to performing at their best, this statement is practiced on a daily basis. The truth of the matter is whether you are a high performance athlete or a person working towards achieving a professional goal, many of us lose […]

Lean In

Have you ever found yourself in a challenging situation where you had the option to take the easy way out? Regardless of the challenge,most people and teams often choose to take the easy way out instead of “leaning in”. When we lean in, we choose to take ownership of the situation; this allows us to […]

Flow State–Creating Optimal Workplace Experiences

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” –Mihaly Csikszentmihaly I recently read that Accenture will abandon their annual performance review system in place […]

Leadership Insights From The Pan Am Games

Performance…it seems these days this word tends to be on most people’s minds. Whether in business, politics or yes, even sports. Performance is one of those terms that has become genericized in our culture. In most organizations, performance usually falls somewhere in the area of performance management systems, operational efficiencies and productivity. With new and […]

Why are you feeling the fear?

Have you ever been given a project or challenging assignment and you begin to ask yourself the “what if” questions? Or perhaps right from the beginning of the project you “know” it will end in disaster?  Well, the majority of the time when we start to over think something, or spend hours planning and strategizing, […]

Is co-operating a dirty word?

Athletes are competitive by nature with both themselves and their opponents. They establish goals, create plan on how to achieve these goals, and then begin executing the plan. Regardless of how we phrase it, whether it’s setting stretch goals, establishing reach goals, going head-to-head with your competition, humans, by nature, are competitive. Even those who […]

Get what you have to get done…and then some

What really makes people and teams perform at their best? Several factors are involved: good talent, great habits, and a performance-based culture. When we read all the literature on human performance and organizational development, we start to establish a greater sense of what really allows these people and teams to perform at their best. The […]

Do Social Relationships Affect Organizational Performance?

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. –Yogi Berra Our “social relations” or our “circle of influence,” as it is now commonly referred to, can greatly impede or accelerate personal and team performance. High-performing sports teams have known this for years, and augment their teams with athletes who can […]