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MASTERING EMOTIONAL PAIN

Have you ever felt sad, overwhelmed, lonely, or frustrated and wished you could quickly feel happy, in control, connected, or excited? Of course, you have - you're human...

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ENERGY LEAKS & THERMOGRAPHERS

When you live in the desert of Arizona, there are two absolute must-haves in the summer: a swimming pool and a dependable air-conditioning system. When our family moved to a new house this summer, we quickly realized that the latter was just barely keeping our house habitable. Our system...

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SMALL TEAMS DO GREAT THINGS

Beginning at my time in IMD Business School and continuing through my time building and growing TIGNUM, one of my passions has always been studying successful, high-performing teams. When I first met my friend and our Chief Performance Officer, Scott Peltin, I immediately started asking him questions about how he did this in his high-performing Fire Service teams...

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THE ULTIMATE REFRAME

The 2019 Wimbledon championship match was an epic display between two of the most exceptional tennis players in history. On one side of the court: Roger Federer, who may go down in history as the greatest to ever play the game. On the other side: Novak Djokovic, a legend in his own right whose competitive style is just as fun as it is intense...

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FOCUS ON GETTING BETTER INSTEAD OF WINNING

With the Cricket World Cup playing out over the last month, I found myself reminiscing on my time as a player and coach with one thought constantly going through my mind... "if only I could go back and apply what I know now."...

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THREAT VS. CHALLENGE

It’s coming. That big event. You know the one I’m talking about... It’s been circled on your calendar for weeks. Every time you see the date, you feel a surge of adrenaline and a tightening in your throat. It’s important and you know it's a big deal, so the pressure to perform well and be your best is high...

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TURNING LEADERSHIP POST TRAUMATIC STRESS INTO LEADERSHIP POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH

Recently, while connecting with an old friend and a very accomplished retired special operations commander that I had served with from the late 90s to the late 2000s, I found myself in a very interesting discussion about leadership. As we caught up, we started discussing some of our past leaders which led to both a surprising...

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A NEW LOOK AT SUMMER HYDRATION

As summer approaches and temperatures rise, the time to revisit hydration needs becomes more and more relevant. The hotter it gets around you, the more bodily fluids are lost through perspiration, making the body’s systemic and cellular hydration requirements higher...

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THE POWER OF SCARCITY

One of the things that I have always admired in successful entrepreneurs, great leaders, and innovative thinkers is how they accomplish so much with so little. In a world where the answer to almost every problem is to ask for more, these special people seem to do miracles in an environment of scarcity...

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WHEN THERE'S A FORK IN THE ROAD

When we work with clients, we try to help them understand that every day they have over 1,000 choices, each of which will either maximize their impact or decrease it. These choices are forks in the road showing the intersection of two very distinct directions...

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THE EXHAUSTION MYTH

Recently, I asked a client how she was doing in a coaching call. "Honestly," she replied, "I've had a challenging two weeks and I'm pretty exhausted." In her tone, there was a blend of failure and guilt...

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MORNING AVALANCHE

Have you ever had one of those mornings? It often starts with a fire drill before you’re even out of bed. You wake up to an SMS message that says something like, “Did you see that email? Wow!” With your heart racing, you scramble to your computer to see what the fuss is about...

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BE A CREATOR, NOT A REPEATER

Have you ever had to deliver the same presentation over and over to different groups and wondered, "How do I keep this interesting for both myself and my audience?" Have you ever had meeting after meeting and wondered, "How do I stay alert without dying of boredom?"...

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BREAK THE FAST VS. BREAKFAST

During our TIGNUM programs, the very first experience we have with our participants is enjoying a High Performance breakfast together. This first meal is a great start to the day for many reasons: I get to share it with people I'll work closely with over the next few months...

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CAN LITTLE THINGS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

There's a question we're often asked during coaching: "Can all these little things really make any difference?" This is a totally logical question because in our busy, over-filled, and often chaotic lives, it's hard to believe that the answer to multiplying our impact could actually stem from something little...

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FIX YOUR ROOF WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING

The feeling you get after several successes in a row is unparalleled. The sense of accomplishment you and your team feel after completing a big project that you've worked on for weeks, months, or maybe even years...

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HOW DR. KING STAYED ABOVE THE LEADERSHIP LINE

I spent the last 28 years developing my understanding of, and skills in, leadership at one of the biggest and most complex organizations in the world, the US Army. I have experienced the difference between leading the masses and leading extremely elite...

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A PERSONAL TRAINER SHOULD DO MORE THAN MAKE YOU TIRED

For someone who has studied and coached movement for a long time with clients ranging from professional athletes to CEOs to business professionals to kids, I have seen it all when it comes to personal trainers...

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THE LUXURY OF ELITE SYSTEMS

Recently, I was having a conversation with a retired leader from a very elite classified counter-terrorism organization that is renowned for their leadership in highly pressurized environments. A theme of this conversation was how critical it is for elite teams and individuals working in extreme environments to be supported by elite systems...

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TODAY'S LESSONS ARE TOMORROW'S PERFORMANCE SKILLS

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...

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ADDICTED TO INTENSITY VS. COMMITTED TO RESULTS

Every day, we work with executives who get up early, come home late, run from meeting to meeting, work on weekends, and even pay exorbitant amounts of money to travel to great places under the guise of “vacation” only to do remote work. When we ask them why they do this, their answers are always some version of...

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RECOVERY IS NOT A GUILTY PLEASURE

In today's fast-paced world, virtual work is becoming more and more common. For many of our clients who aren't considered fully virtual, they still work from home, keep up with emails on their cell phones, and call in for video conferences while on the go to get it all done. One client shared with me that her role is demanding less time in the office and more time working virtually...

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PREPARING YOURSELF FOR DIFFICULT SITUATIONS

Nothing leads to more sleepless nights, more uncontrollable inner dialogue, and more avoidance behaviors than needing to have a difficult, potentially emotional, contentious conversation. When I look at the mindset challenges that our clients ask for help with in coaching, these situations are easily in the top 3. They might even be numbers 1, 2, and 3....

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CHALLENGING YOUR BELIEFS

Recently, I have really thought a lot about beliefs and the irony of how they can enslave you and even limit you but also ground you and empower you. Maybe it's the current state of politics around the world, maybe it's the many companies and leaders we are working with who are developing a new culture or leadership...

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WHAT IS NOURISHMENT TO YOU?

If your news feed is anything like mine, you're probably constantly bombarded by both media and health experts on what the “best” diet is to optimize your health and performance. Lately, there is so much emphasis on choosing foods that...

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THE WATERFALL EFFECT

I love nature, I love exploring, I love finding metaphors for life’s struggles and triumphs, and recently while on a vacation in Moab, Utah, I found the intersection of all of these loves. Immediately, the parallels between so many of our TIGNUM clients' challenges, coaching sessions, and the evolution of our content and methodology were laid out right in front of me during one Moab evening...

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HIDDEN IMPACT

Impact happens when you least expect it. If I were to ask you to look in your calendar and identify the peak performances where you'll have the most impact, you’d likely point out a key meeting, presentation, interview, or maybe even a date night. While all of these events...

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DON'T BE A CAT THROWER

Recently, I was coaching a client when she had the funniest reply to what I thought was a pretty normal greeting, "How are you doing?" She hemmed and hawed a little and blurted out, "Not great, it's one of those cat-throwing days."...

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PREPARE TO BE CONFIDENT

Have you ever had a huge team presentation where the pressure is high, the outcomes could be career changing, and at the same time, there were many unknowns? As you prepare your slides, you keep running into that quicksand moment where you realize that you are getting ready to drop an information overload bomb on your audience...

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IT'S NOT THE MEETING - IT'S YOUR APPROACH

Every day, our clients complain about having too many meetings, meetings going too long, and meetings not being productive. Without a doubt, meetings have become one of the most common mindset killers as well as one of the biggest pains in many clients' days. Some clients have even proposed...

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THE BI-WEEKLY RESET: A GATEWAY TO IMPROVING SLEEP AND RECOVERY

Over the past 10 years, there has been a steep increase in sleep research. This has been coupled lately with a huge surge in media coverage about the importance of sleep for your health and your performance. With this bombardment of information, you would think the problem has been solved...

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ASKING FOR HELP - A KEY TO SHP

Over the years, as we travel around the world working with all types of executives from companies of every size across multiple sectors, we've often been asked the question: “What are the differences you notice between those who truly become Sustainable High Performers...

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THE WORLD CUP PRODUCTIVITY PROGRAM

Every four years, the World Cup arrives and people start screaming. Some are screaming because their team scored that critical goal, some are screaming because their team lost a game, some are screaming at the officials, and some are even screaming at the estimated $3.5 to $14 billion of lost productivity the games are projected to create...

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TRAVEL IMMUNITY

Traveling is always stressful and can challenge your body's ability to function. The seasonal changes can bring on allergies, security is tighter than ever, and more and more flights are oversold or have added layovers. Today, we can go from Frankfurt to Bangkok in just 12 hours. While that may be great news for us personally and professionally, our bodies are exposed to more than 500 different types of bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungi that it may not be prepared for in those 12 short hours. It’s no wonder that many times you feel tired, have gastrointestinal discomfort, or feel congested when you fly...

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MUSICAL TRANSITIONS

One of the biggest challenges executives face today is trying to be your best every day at work. An even bigger challenge is trying to be your best at home. This is exacerbated if you are a parent since kids rarely understand how your work demands have somehow left you fatigued. Almost every parent that I coach starts off our calls with, "Forget about work; what I really struggle with is not snapping at my kids when I get home."...

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RECOVERY: THE MISSING PITSTOP FOR EVERY ENTREPRENEUR

The term entrepreneur is thrown around a lot these days. Being entrepreneurial is a sought-after trait that has become synonymous with being adventurous, problem-solving, risk-taking, world-changing, and a thought leader. Even within the teams we work with, people are encouraged to be more entrepreneurial....

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EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY

When I think of the skills that make up a Performance Mindset, there is one that most people rarely think of but is one of the most critical. It's so critical that some call it a mentality - an entire way of thinking. This skill is the ability to embrace uncertainty...

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THE PERFECT MOVEMENT LAB ON THE ROAD

You are on the road. It's snowing or raining outside. There's either no gym or the hotel gym you do have could fit into your bathroom, yet you want to enjoy all of the immediate benefits of movement (decreased anxiety/depression, increased growth hormone, boosted immune function, improved sleep, and enhanced creativity). Where could you go? One great place is the stairwell...

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HOW TO AVOID CRITICISM

Is there anything worse than being criticized? You work so hard on a project or proposal, you put together your best presentation, or you reach out to a colleague to ask for their opinion hoping to get accolades but instead get criticism. Being a person who writes a lot (blogs, a book, articles, etc.), presents in front of others often, and puts some new thoughts and approaches out there, I have felt the sting of receiving criticism from others...

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