How To Strengthen Mental Mobility – The Skill to Get Unstuck and Move Forward

My client Andrew runs a F&B group. He was trained as a chef. He opened his own restaurant 10 years ago, and now he owns a group of restaurants. In the span of 10 years, he went from someone who had to deal with avocados and spatulas to someone who how had to deal with… Continue reading How To Strengthen Mental Mobility – The Skill to Get Unstuck and Move Forward

Coaching Superstars

What is the #1 challenge of founders/leaders I work with? Help superstars break through. High performing superstars plateau too. They stall at the edges of their will and abilities too. They need help too. How do we make the best of the best better? 1. Superstars grind different Superstars learn, practice, and persevere differently. You… Continue reading Coaching Superstars

How Do Tough-and-Great Bosses Make Us Feel?

There are tough bosses, and there are tough bosses we love. Tough-and-great bosses are those who push and criticize us and we still sadistically yearn for more. One of my tough bosses had standards that were barbarically exorbitant. Once we were preparing for a large trade show and he asked us to elevate the grand… Continue reading How Do Tough-and-Great Bosses Make Us Feel?

The Flywheel of Intrinsic Performance

Dear founders, business owner, bosses, To max out the potential of your team, apply the “Flywheel Effect” in your people. This concept is developed in the book “Good to Great.”  A flywheel is a heavy revolving wheel used in large machines. It is difficult to push from a standstill, but once it starts spinning it… Continue reading The Flywheel of Intrinsic Performance

Don’t Just Give the Why: Give Context.

Don’t just give the why. Give context instead. It’s a more useful leadership skill. Why? Well, often we need to move goalposts in order to get after the why. Giving context is a good way to justify goalposts moving to our teams. What’s the difference between giving the why vs giving context? When we explain… Continue reading Don’t Just Give the Why: Give Context.

Don’t Ask “How Do You Prefer to Receive Feedback?”

What’s the best way to tell someone they are doing a shxtty job? Some say a good way is to ask, “How do you prefer to receive feedback?” This doesn’t work, because most people would just answer “give it to me straight.” “Give it to me straight” is the “right” answer. Think about it. Who… Continue reading Don’t Ask “How Do You Prefer to Receive Feedback?”

Happiness & Resilience

“A human being is not one in pursuit of happiness but rather in search of a reason to become happy” Viktor Frankl Remember this for ourselves, and if you get to lead people, remember this for them too. You will end up with a far more resilient team.

Defining Culture?

What’s your definition of culture? “How a group of people behave?” “A feeling you use to make hiring decisions?” I spent almost 15 years at Nike and Apple, two brands where we drank Kool-Aids, instead of beer, on Friday afternoons. The most valuable thing from all the kool-aid drinking?  Culture needs to be “lead-able,” practical,… Continue reading Defining Culture?