Running on my high school cross country team taught me these 2 lessons about performance and leadership

Sports metaphors are overplayed, but sometimes sports do teach life lessons. This is one of those lessons that I learned from running cross country in high school. It’s written in a lighthearted voice that probably appeals most to folks looking for a bit of entertainment with some scholarly content on the side. I hope you enjoy it even if you don’t learn anything.

How to tell if someone should NOT be your coach

Executive coaching has grown faster than good coaches can keep up, but that hasn’t stopped bad coaches from getting in on the game. This article offers key ways to tell if someone is truly qualified to be your coach.

Don’t think you can control your emotions? You’re probably right – and it’s affecting your “batting average”

The placebo effect is underappreciated for it’s influence on human behavior. The key to emotions management lies in our motivations and beliefs.

What your Personality Test Report says about You

People are frequently amazed at the accuracy of their personality test report. These reports can be powerfully enlightening as they describe an individual’s tendencies and character traits from what appears to be an objective point of view. When given the opportunity to review their report, I haven’t had one person defer. Everyone wants to know […]

Stop thanking your team

Most leaders don’t know it, but the way they’re thanking their team is actually self- and team-defeating. Before making an error that is at best as useful as watering the ocean, or at worst as appreciated as making a “tiny correction” to the Mona Lisa, stop thanking your team. Here’s why. People want to make […]

The Best Advice for Delivering Bad News

I once listened to a coaching client describe (vent), in great detail, the multitude of deficiencies of one of their direct reports. This wasn’t the first time this topic had come up in our conversations, so I knew it was more than a “sore spot” for the frustrated leader. Bad news was more than simmering. […]

A good mood is better than being happy

Whether you’re at work designing plastic wrap that never wrinkles or at home washing dishes after the family reunion, your mood matters. I’m not talking about the obvious pleasure of a “good mood.” Your mood is WAY more powerful, more than you think.* You probably know this. “I’m not in the mood right now.” Sound […]

Psychology by Machine? Not for a While.

Technology can fly planes, drive cars; heck, virtually perform remote surgery (pun, not intended). Some believe that literally all jobs will eventually be performed by technology. For them, if a “machine” isn’t already doing it, just wait. (Note: This is an extreme view). Technology is changing the world faster than ever. If you agree with […]

Group vs. Individual Assessment Bias

“We are all underperforming, except for me — and my team.” I hear this almost as many times as I ask the question, “How’s performance?” You know the story: A leader takes a stand declaring the obvious, “we’re underperforming…”, while protecting him or herself and compatriots, “except for me and my team.” How can group […]

What is Bias?

In psychology, ‘bias’ refers to predictable errors in perception. Here’s a simplified explanation of how bias works. To start, everything we experience ‘beyond our skin’ is initially registered via our senses. After we sense something we begin to process it using our central nervous system, or brain (roughly speaking). This second process, resulting from the reception of […]

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