Today I had a great coaching call with one of my clients from IBM, Michelle Unger (Vice President of Information Management IOT). She just came off of a killer week and a great example of high performance. Michelle just organized the largest ever IBM Information on Demand conference in Europe. As usual, she was probably met with skepticism and doubt about the investment of time and money from IBM. Great accomplishments are often met with great resistance. This was a conference to share the passion of IBM their information on demand platform and products.
Michelle was gleaming about how well the event went. (You can check it out on this video). Most of all she was gleaming about how she used the TIGNUM Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery strategies to make her peak performance a choice rather than leaving it to chance. She stayed hydrated, focused on her thoughts and controlled the controllable. She saw every challenge as a great opportunity to excel and as we always discuss she saw that Champions take Chances, and Pressure is a Privilege (one of my favorite Billy Jean King sayings). Michelle did some breathing techniques and as you can imagine, sprinted to put out lots of event fires. Even better, at the end – she took a few moments to celebrate her accomplishment and replay all the things she (and her team) did well.
We often use athletic experiences to make our strategies more tangible, but this is a great business example. Most important it will certainly lead to IBM profitability, happy customers, and a greater likelihood of other Sustainable High Performers emerging, after the great example Michelle gave.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer