Blog Archives

Book Report: Deep Thinking

“Our attitude matters, and not because we can stop the march of technological prowess even if we wanted to, but because our perspective on disruption affects how well prepared for it we will be. There is plenty of room between

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Books, Everything, Math and Science

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
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

Tagged with: , , ,
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

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Books, Careers, Management

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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Books, Careers, Everything, Leadership, Sports

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.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Books, Math and Science, Sports

Enter your email address and get posts delivered straight to your inbox.