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Of Lions, Gazelles, and Job Security

“‘Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or

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Posted in Careers

What makes an excellent performer?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten together with a number of friends and former colleagues to chat, catch up, and talk shop. Because of the time of year (performance evaluation season!) and other developments (my team is expanding, so

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Posted in Careers, Leadership, Management

Shining a Light on Performance

“While low performers squirm under bright light, high performers usually shine brightest.” – Bruce Tulgan in Not Everyone Gets a Trophy Chapter eight of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy addresses performance management of Generation Y, and offers a number of tactics

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Ten paradoxes that will improve your performance

paradox [noun]: a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory Literature, philosophy, and science are filled with paradoxes: The Fermi Paradox: the apparent contradiction between

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Posted in Biking, Books, Everything, Sports

Getting out of your own way

“We all have self-defeating thoughts and behaviors that undermine performance. I call them gremlins, the little invisible creatures that prevent athletes from performing at their best.” – Sports psychologist Gary Mack (Mind Gym – p42) Shortly after the chapter Know

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Applying sports psychology: fun with penalty kicks

In addition to leadership and marketing literature, I devote a fair bit of time to reading about peak performance and the psychology of decision-making. Readers of this site know that I’m also a big fan and avid player of soccer.

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Posted in Biking, Math and Science, Sports

Book Report: The Sports Gene

“The broad truth is that nature and nurture are so interlaced in any realm of athletic performance that the answer is always: it’s both. But that is not a satisfactory endpoint in science. Scientists must ask, ‘How, specifically, might nature

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