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THOUGHTS

CELEBRATING SUCCESS

Scott Peltin

At this time of the year many of you are trying to shut down for the holidays, trying to get some closure on this busy year, and trying to get some rest and recovery. It’s a time for celebration and yet you may feel like something is missing. You worked as hard as you could all year to hit your targets but you find it hard to enjoy your spoils because you know that in less than two weeks it will all be forgotten, it will all be a faded memory, and you will be facing a blank slate and a mountain of pressure to deliver on next year’s targets. Somehow the fear and anxiety of what’s next holds you hostage to truly celebrating what you’ve achieved this year. 

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FACE THE FACTS FRIDAY

Scott Peltin

This past Sunday, 28 NFL Football teams played in 14 games. This means 14 teams walked away with a win and 14 teams walked away with a walk. During those games, every single play was analyzed by sportscasters and during halftime and post-game shows the highlights and lowlights were shown. On Monday, the day after those games, every single one of the coaches was immersed in game film trying to analyze exactly what went wrong, what went right, and who was responsible for what. On Tuesday, most teams have sessions where the coaches share certain clips and hold each player accountable for their triumphs, their mistakes, and their mental breakdowns. In other words, players are forced to take responsibility for their actions and nothing goes unnoticed. 

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DIMINISHING RETURNS: IS THERE SUCH A THING AS TOO MUCH MOVEMENT?

Jake Marx

I ran into a colleague this week who I haven’t had a chance to catch up with in nearly a year. As he approached, I noticed we was badly limping and in need of some help. It turned out the limp was the result of a groin strain he had suffered kicking a soccer ball back to the neighbor kids. So naturally, we shared a good laugh at his expense. Then he told a story we hear all too often.

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SORRY FOR MY BACKPACK

Scott Peltin

Today I am traveling (like many of you) and I am struck by the common occurrence of being whacked by another traveler’s backpack or purse. Whether it’s trying to negotiate through the restroom, maneuvering into my slotted position to enter the plane, or sitting in an aisle seat during the loading process, it seems it is impossible to avoid getting hit or even hitting others with the bags we carry on our backs and shoulders. As I pondered on why this occurs and how we have lost the self-awareness of how our bags impede on other’s space, I was struck by the thought that this parallels the mental backpack we all also carry.

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FEAR OF MORE

Jogi Rippel

Recently, at a conference in Zurich, while delivering a keynote titled, “Becoming a Sustainable High Performer in a Constantly Changing and Demanding Business World”, I was asked a couple of great questions. The first, from a slightly cynical leader was, “Isn’t this just a different label for squeezing more out of people?” 

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IMPACT- THE MEASURE FOR PERFORMANCE

Scott Peltin

In today’s business world, under the huge financial pressures, the conversation of almost everything too often is focused on cost. While efficiency and cost are important, they often create a myopic focus that is shortsighted, moral killing, and flawed. When you look at almost all of the burnout discussions, they are focused only on the load. How much does a person work (hours, days, etc.)? How much pressure is a person under? How many people or dollars (euros, pounds, swiss francs, rands, etc.) are they responsible for? How many projects do they have going? While these things once again are important, they are missing a key focus - impact. 

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FIGURE IT OUT

Scott Peltin

Recently, I had the privilege to hear Head Coach Gene Auriemma of the University of Connecticut Women’s National Basketball Championship team (10 time champion since he became the head coach) speak and he said something that I can’t get out of my head. He said, “When we recruit our girls, we select girls who work hard, who are smart, and who can figure it out.”  He explained that the players who can’t “figure it out” won’t make it at UConn because expectations are high, the demands of a season are brutal, and there isn’t time to hold every player’s hands. This really resonated with me for several reasons. 

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EMBRACE GETTING LOST

Scott Peltin

Recently I was on a vacation in Northern California and I was struck by how much we depend on technology to ensure we never get lost. We plug in our destination before we head anywhere and our map app guides us there perfectly. This made me think about how different this is than just 5 years ago but also on how this translates to so many other things in our lives. 

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THE FOUNDATION OF OPTIMAL BRAIN PERFORMANCE

Chris Males

Without a doubt, poor sleep has become one of the executive epidemics of our time. In fact, the data we collect on our clients indicates that over 60% of the executives we work with get 6 or less hours of sleep on the average work night. 

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JUST STAY POSITIVE - REALLY?

Scott Peltin

The business world is not becoming easier. The margins get smaller, the demands grow larger, the competition is getting better, and you are constantly expected to do more with less and yet your boss tells you, “Stay positive.” In sports you hear the same cliche. You often hear the announcer say something like, “They just need to stay positive.” You hear the players say something like, “I just tried to stay positive.” You hear the coaches say things like, “Keep your head up, stay positive.” I laugh when I hear these things because they fall into the category of sounds good when you hear it/feels good when you say it/means nothing. These kind of nondescript statements cloud the true actions and skills that make up a Performance Mindset. So what are the skills that make “stay positive” meaningful and actionable?

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THE POWER OF FEEDBACK

Scott Peltin

Often when we are working with a critical team we get asked what characteristics make certain teams the most effective and the most high performing. Whenever this question comes up, I often reflect on the hundreds of business teams we have worked with but then I also think of the best teams from the special forces, from the fire service, and from sports. While there are many key characteristics which are common such as high levels of trust, a shared commitment to excellence, a clear vision of success, a sincere caring for each other, etc., one characteristic I have noticed in the best teams is the ability to give and receive feedback. In fact, the ability to receive feedback (openness) is often seen as a critical Performance Mindset skill of high performers.

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THE POWER OF A WALK

Chris Males

If you have been paying attention to the wearable fitness industry, you have probably noticed the clear focus on your daily step count. While this is clearly a valuable focus, at Tignum we want you to think different.  We want you to think of what happens in those “10,000” steps. We view this thought through our 3 performance levels of Functioning, Optimization, and Preparing for Peak Performances.

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BEING A HIGH PERFORMANCE FOLLOWER

Scott Peltin

When I was in the fire service, I remember taking a leadership class from a fire chief who emphasized the importance of followership. At first I thought I was in the wrong course as I was clearly on the path to promotion and wanted to learn how to become an effective leader. His point was that within every organization at every level, even the leader must follow someone. But the key thing is - who wants to follow a leader who is a terrible role model for being able to follow her/his own leader with humility, intelligence, strategic thinking, and a high performance mindset? 

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LESSONS OF THE MASTERS

Scott Peltin


It’s that time of the year again, the heralded historic Masters tournament (golf) held in Augusta, Georgia. As always, the most talented golfers in the world have gathered to make golf look easy to the rest of the world. This year, we thought it would be interesting to share some of the Tignum protocol we have created for the professional golfers we have worked with. These lessons transcend golf and definitely apply to the business world.

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DEVELOPING RESILIENCE THROUGH NEGATIVITY

Scott Peltin

So often we are bombarded by messages that we just need to “stay positive". People say things like, “Let’s look at the bright side” or we’re told things like, “Anger will kill you.” Really? If this was the case, why would we have evolved the complex capability of experiencing such a vast array of emotions - both positive and negative? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating we should all be miserable and I think by most accounts I’m a pretty positive person. I would actually describe myself as a positively realistic person. 

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LEADING AN OVERWHELMED TEAM

Scott Peltin

After getting so much amazing feedback from our previous blog on dealing with the feelings of being overwhelmed, several clients asked us about looking at this from a different angle - that of being a leader. Being a great leader is not easy. It requires extraordinary self-management skills, communication skills, and motivation skills. There is not one way to lead and often great leaders are hard to describe, but we always know a great leader when we see one (or better yet, work for one).

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OVERCOMING FEELING OVERWHELMED

Scott Peltin

I remember during my recruit training for the Phoenix Fire Department, one of my training officers grabbing me after a less than stellar search and rescue evolution and asking me if my intention was to underwhelm him. At the time I had to hold back the smile which was creeping in from the irony of his comments. 

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TIME TO PLAY

Scott Peltin

This weekend, while hitting some golf balls with some friends/co-workers, I realized a huge resource that is greatly diminishing in today’s busy world. That resource is play. Recently, I was listening to couple of guys talking about their fantasy football league (an ingenious game that is a simulation of pro football with every participant becoming the coach/general manager/ and sports agent) and the one guy was complaining that people don’t know how to trash talk anymore in these leagues. This was a hilarious conversation but it really did get me thinking. 

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TODAY'S LESSONS ARE TOMORROW'S PERFORMANCE SKILLS

Jogi Rippel

This time of the year is one of our favorites because it provides us the opportunity to reflect on our year, the lessons we’ve learned, the trends we’ve seen, the people we’ve had the opportunity to impact, and the amazing impact so many people in this world make on their teams, brands, and customers. The key of course is to make sense of these lessons, to turn these lessons in to new skills, and to become better next year. We thought for our last blog of 2014 we would share a few of the key lessons we learned.

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