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IT TAKES ENERGY TO CREATE ENERGY

Scott Peltin

Sometimes I wake up and think, where is my energy today? I get off an airplane after flying to my destination and crawl up the jetway wondering, who sucked out my energy in flight? Sometimes I get on the tennis court and my feet don’t want to move, my mind is tired, and I can’t seem to find the energy to play very well. Then something changes - that something is me. I put some energy into the task and suddenly it is not only self-sustaining, it is giving me energy back. How can this be?

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THE NEW POWER

Jogi Rippel

Power is an interesting concept. On one hand it is often spoken about as something that comes with position, from having an unfair influence like with politics, or even as something that can be so inebriating that it destroys even the most morally strong. On the other hand power can be seen as the application of effort and force to drive results. It is the absolute thing that athletes train for so they can get results. 

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DEVELOPING A LISTENING MINDSET

Scott Peltin

When we work with clients and help them define the qualities they want in a high performance mindset, they often include things like openness, calmness, creativity, focus, and emotional intelligence. The list goes on but these elements I purposefully point out because one way they are deeply developed is through the art of listening. On TED, Julian Treasure presents a masterful presentation on the lost art of listening and the skills to actually become a better listener http://on.ted.com/f0PZX. Interestingly enough, with almost every leader I have ever coached, we have worked on their ability to ask better questions and to listen better for the answers within the answers.

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LESSONS FROM THE PITCH

Scott Peltin

This year has been a sport fan’s dream as the Winter Olympics went off without a hitch in Sochi; the World Cup demonstrated amazing feats of fitness and finesse as Germany won its 4th world cup; tennis fans saw Rafael Nadal grit out a record 9th French Open title and Novak Djokovic won a thrilling 5-setter beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon; and in golf Martin Kaymer led the US Open from start to finish and Rory McIlroy did the same at the British Open, both demonstrating nerves of steel. From a Tignum perspective, every single one of these examples provides us with some great learnings that we can apply to our business and professional lives. 

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DON'T LEAVE YOUR PIT STOP TO CHANCE

Scott Peltin

It's that time of year again and most of us are going to take our vacation. Of course, chances are that many of us won't take a long enough one but the chances are even greater that when you return back to work, within as little as 2 days you will already feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and unrecovered. How could this happen? 

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Don’t fall into the Impostor Syndrome Trap

Scott Peltin

I remember how weird it felt when I first became a fire captain, after almost 12 years of being a front line firefighter. I didn’t completely understand the root of these feelings but I quickly learned that as a captain the funny sarcastic remark I would make to another firefighter as their peer was now taken in a much different way. Although I didn’t feel I had changed, in the minds of my crew I was indeed different - I was their leader. When I became a battalion chief, I noticed that these feelings returned but this time at a much deeper level. As I explored these feelings, I recognized that what I was feeling was a lack of confidence, a feeling of being an actor (a firefighter dressed in a chief’s cloak), a feeling of inadequacy. 

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PURPOSEFUL FOCUS

Scott Peltin

One of the key Mindset concepts that always comes up when we work with clients is how they can develop more focus. This is a great question because it implicitly implies it can be learned (which is very true). From our experience working with thousands of top executives and high performers from other walks of life, it is also like a muscle that gets stronger with practice. 

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EASTER EGG OF SUSTAINABLE HIGH PERFORMANCE

Scott Peltin

Clearly one of a leader’s key roles is to energize her/his teams. Finding ways to introduce, reinforce, and support Sustainable High Performance strategies can be a challenge. This week, at an offsite in Lisbon, Portugal, I saw a very innovative way to have some fun, give the gift of Sustainable High Performance, reinforce some key strategies/learning, and get some movement in from Novartis Vaccines, VP Global Head of Quality, Susanne Martz.

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THE SUSTAINABLE HIGH PERFORMANCE REVOLUTION

Scott Peltin

Sometimes it seems the only way to really overcome inertia and lead to real change is to declare a revolution. Over the past ten years we have been working with some great leaders who have not only forecasted the need for Sustainable High Performing teams but also the need to align their culture to support these teams. Of course, as is often the case when you bring new thinking and challenge the status quo, these big thinkers have the scars to show for trying to lead a new way of thinking. 

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THE LEARNING MINDSET

Scott Peltin

In every project we do, when we discuss the elements of a High Performance Mindset one element consistently comes up - being a learner. It seems most high performers know that the drive to constantly expand what they know is critical even if they don’t have or create the time to actually do it. Instinctively we all know that the more we know about our environment, ourselves, others, and our field, the better equipped we are to not just survive but to actually maximize our impact on our world. From an evolutionary perspective this makes perfect sense.

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PREPARING FOR UNPLANNED EVENTS

Scott Peltin

One of the key Tignum concepts is helping our clients use their Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, and Recovery strategies to prepare to optimize their day and win their peak performances. When we do this, the first place to start this preparation is looking at their calendar and helping them prepare for the events of the day and the week. Of course this will only help with a portion of their challenges because, typically, a big part an executive's job is dealing with unplanned events. For some, this will include unplanned meetings, for others this will include an unexpected shift in priorities from the top, and yet for some others it will include dealing with a crisis that has popped up (a tainted product, an injury/death in a factory, a PR debacle, etc.). 

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THE SOUPY SIDE OF GROWTH

Scott Peltin

As the new year begins, it is often customary to make new year resolutions. In many ways this makes sense, as the new year symbolizes new beginnings and the holiday time provides time to reflect and to possibly make a new start. As I reflected during this holiday, I couldn't help but think that maybe this isn’t always right. This approach assumes that I am missing something, that in order to grow more I must acquire some other skill or some other thing to be better. This can be put into a personal context but also a business context where a leader assumes they need a new strategy, a new team, or even a new approach to grow their business. 

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ACCEPT YOUR BAD SHOTS

Scott Peltin

Recently I was given the fantastic gift of a golf camp put on by Golf Made Simple. I was immediately attracted to the name alone as the idea of making anything in life simpler is right down my alley. In a previous blog we talked about John Maeda’s, The Laws of Simplicity and how whether in design or in application the simpler we can make things for the brain the easier it is to accept, to implement, and to make a part of our life.

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CAN YOU REALLY THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Scott Peltin

A phrase that is often used (maybe too often) is that we need to “think outside of the box.” It is used to describe creative, innovative, and new thinking. It is a term that implies that the box we are currently in isn’t working and therefore we need to get our mind outside of the confines it currently resides in. 

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DOG SLED LEADER MINDSET

Scott Peltin

 

Growing up I always had the vision of leadership most portrayed in the media and the movies. This was the leader who delivered pep talks, carried the banner, and led from the front. It was the team captain who screamed at everyone, the coach who kicked our butts, and the charismatic CEO who cleverly treated his players like pieces on the chess board. 

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SUSTAINABLE HIGH PERFORMANCE: DO YOU KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT?

Scott Peltin

 

Certain things are hard to describe. You can't always find the perfect words and sometimes your mother language doesn't even have the exact words you need. I remember one of the greatest fire chiefs I've ever known, Alan Brunacini, when he asked us to describe great leadership. I found myself thinking - I can't describe it perfectly but I definitely know it when I see it. Even more important, especially when the stakes are high and you absolutely need to win, you know it when you don't see it. 

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THE TRAGIC OPPOSITE SIDE OF SUSTAINABLE HIGH PERFORMANCE

Jogi Rippel

Recently, after the suicides of a prominent global CEO and CFO, many of our clients have reached out to us in concern. Their concern ranges from the lessons that can be learned, to their fear that the feelings of depression and helplessness are more prevalent than even reported. Often they share personal stories of colleagues they have known who have rusted out, burned out, and sadly some who have even made the final tragic choice of suicide. 

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TOUGH DAY PREP

Scott Peltin

In the complex and demanding business world that you work in, there are always going to be tough days. In fact, one could argue that how you perform on these tough days is what separates you from the competition. The golfer who can perform when the pressure is the highest and the fatigue has set in (day 4 on the final 4 holes) is the one who will win more often. The fire chief who can process information the best, keep emotions under control under stress, and maximize performance over the duration of the fire (their tough day) is the one who will be most effective and save the most lives.

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Be A Visionary For Sustainable High Performance

Jogi Rippel

Recently, we read a fantastic executive report from the IBM Institute for Business Value (New Rules for a New Decade), written by Karen Butner. The very well-written report is titled: New rules for a new decade - A vision for smarter supply chain management.  Although this report focuses on the best practices in supply management, many of the themes that Karen presents are applicable to Sustainable High Performance of critical leaders and teams.

 

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The Leader’s Loneliness

Scott Peltin

Leadership has many benefits but it also has many challenges and many unfortunate truths. One of those unfortunate truths is that leadership can often be lonely. This loneliness can be a perception but the real fact is that it is true.

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