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‘Nature, Nurture, Know-How’ Blog Posted On Harvard Business Review Website

Just wanted to let you know I’ve had a blog posted on the Harvard Business Review website.  The topic is ‘Superior Performance Intelligence’ and how it applies to leadership.  Click on the link below.  Any feedback would be very…

Superior Performance Intelligence (SPI) and the England Cricket Team

In my December 15th blog, I told you about Superior Performance Intelligence, a new concept I’ve been working on.

Just to remind you, SPI is ‘a critical awareness and know-how that enables top performers to apply their minds, skills, techniques, strategies and tactics to the same high standard every time they perform’ and comprises three components:

Knowing how to maximise your…

New Guest Blog

I hope you all had a restful break over the new year. I am delighted to open up the new TPC 2012 ‘blog season’ with a guest contribution by the President of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Lise Lewis.

I met Lise as a fellow keynote speaker at the Swedish EMCC conference last year in Stockholm. She had some very interesting things to say about coaching and kindly agreed to…

Introducing ‘Superior Performance Intelligence’

I hope that your preparations for Christmas are going well. I’ve just returned from working with Sabretooth Capital Management in New York where I managed to squeeze in some much needed present-buying.

Since this is my last blog of 2011, I wanted to end the year on a high note and introduce you to a new concept I’ve been working on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been reflecting…

Leading From The Bottom

I’ve just had an article published in Leadership Excellence and wanted to share it with you. It’s called ‘Leading From The Bottom’ and argues that too many leaders adopt a top-down approach to their roles. Click on the link to find out…

Coaches Get Real

Apologies for the month’s gap since my last blog. I’ve spent most of that time travelling, including a visit to Stockholm to deliver a presentation to the Swedish branch of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

The talk was entitled ‘The Joy and Heartache of Coaching Senior Leadership Teams’, reflecting the highs and lows that coaches often experience when working wit…

Congratulations Graham Henry

Well they didn’t exactly do it in style but the All Blacks did overcome any demons that threatened to thwart their quest to become ‘champions’ rather than ‘chokers’. They hardly thrived on the pressure of playing in the Rugby World Cup final, but they did show great character in overcoming a rejuvenated French side that came close to destroying an entire nation’s…

Bigger Than Massive

So the All Blacks have so far managed to meet the massive expectations of an entire nation and will contest the final of the Rugby World Cup next weekend. I’m not sure if there is a word that surpasses ‘massive’, but if I knew what it was then I’d be using it right now.

New Zealand’s opponents are the much-maligned French who lost two of their group games, beat a poor England team…

One Year Old

Top Performance Consulting Ltd has just celebrated the first anniversary of its foundation. It’s been a fascinating year in which I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of setting up a business from scratch again.

The lessons I learned when co-founding Lane4 have come flooding back to me and have stood me in very good stead. Naturally, leaving something that I watched grow from nothing to…

Come On You All Blacks

I’ve just watched New Zealand demolish Japan 83-7 in their group game in the Rugby World Cup. This followed a ‘disappointing’ opening performance from the All Blacks in which they could only beat Tonga 41-10! Such are the expectations of the host nation’s fans and media that nothing short of perfection seems acceptable.

These expectations have weighed heavier and heavier on the players’…