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Many years ago, two psychologists yerkes and dodson created an insightful law relating how people perform under pressure

Many years ago, two psychologists Yerkes and Dodson created an insightful law relating how people perform under pressure. If a person is under no pressure at all they can be demotivated and run the risk of ‘rust-out’. If the person experiences too much pressure and becomes stressed they run the risk of burnout. Somewhere in the middle is the optimum level of pressure which creates peak performance and generates what Czikszentmihalyi called the ‘flow state’ where the individual performs her or his tasks effortlessly to a very high level of quality. Sports psychologists and drama coaches have used this principle for decades and it is now time to apply it to the business world.

So how can we place ourselves in this peak performance state where we are in a state of motivated well-being?

Firstly, our beliefs are very important. We need to believe that we can develop our ability to perform and that whatever the result of our attempts to do something, we will always learn something and develop our ability for the future. Identify your negative beliefs and think what it would be more useful to believe. Pretend that the new positive beliefs are true and imagine how your life would be different. Beliefs trigger action and also emotional state.

Secondly, before attempting a performance in sport, or a presentation or some other activity, go back in your mind to the time when you were really successful at performing that activity. Relive it in terms of what you saw, heard and how you felt. Luxuriate in the sights, sounds and vision and give the experience a name to enable you to recall it easily. Finally use what the NLP practitioners call ‘anchoring’. Squeeze for example the first knuckle joint of the index finger of your left hand whilst you silently say the word you have chosen to recall the experience and then create a picture in your mind of that experience. Make the colors brighter, the sounds clearer and double the positive feelings. In this way you can anchor the optimum experience and put your mind and body in the same state that you were in when you performed well so that you can carry out the new performance effectively.

Thirdly, use Nature’s anxiety mechanisms, particularly breathing and tension reduction. When we get stressed we experience a sympathetic reaction or stress response. The opposite to this is the parasympathetic swing or relaxation response. The easiest way to trigger the parasympathetic response is through controlled breathing. Simply breathe in for a count of 3, hold your breath for a count of 1 and then breathe out for a count of 9. This will slow down your breathing and increase the flow of oxygen to your brain.

We often tense parts of our body without realising that we are doing so. Practice tensing the muscles in your left hand, holding that tension for a couple of seconds and then relaxing the muscles. Your left hand will feel different because you will have removed some of the residual tension of which you were almost certainly not aware before you tensed your hand deliberately.

Our Fourth technique is mental rehearsal. Imagine you are about to run the meeting, make the sales call, give the presentation etc and visualize the person who you think would be most effective in the world at carrying out that activity. Picture them in your mind off and up to the right of your view and see them carry out the activity. Then imagine you can float into their body and that you can then experience what it would be like to be in their shoes giving the performance. The third stage is to imagine their body melting away leaving you delivering the performance in the most effective way. It really works!

Number five is to use the three ways of deflecting your personal energy from the risk of rust out or burn out towards the peak performance zone. These three ways are goal setting, gaining control over your work by developing personal effectiveness and time management skills and identifying and developing the core competencies you need to be a peak performer. If you develop your capability in all three areas you will be able to manage your personal energy more effectively and be less stressed.

Number six is to build your self esteem. Keep reminding yourself of your successes to date in your present and other activities. High self esteem tends to create positive attitudes and behavior and is a great support to developing peak performance.

In the recent past, the world has witnessed the fall of great leaders in religion, politics, business and sports

In the recent past, the world has witnessed the fall of great leaders in religion, politics, business and sports. One day they are admired and supported and the next day they are ridiculed and abandoned. Of course you as a leader would like to think that that would never happen to you, your organisation, your business or your family. Yet the truth is that previous great leaders of the past were human just like you and me.

Listed are 4 warning signs you can look out for that can lead to failure as a leader.

1. Shift of Focus. Leaders by nature are driven and motivated. These are great qualities but failure occurs when a leader looses site of what is important. This can happen very easily. Maybe they get caught up in micro managing every area of the organisation and they get consumed with the trivial and unimportant aspects of the business. This tendency can be worsened because by nature, many leaders like to do things well, border line perfectionism. If a leader is trying to manage all aspects of the business and lead at the same time, they are sure to get side tracked from the long term goals.

Action Step: Take the time today to realign your focus. Reread your business plan or goals and refocus on what is important.

2. Poor Communication. Followers cannot follow somebody that is unsure of where they are going. When a leader looses site of the main focus, they lose site of where they are going. Effective communication is so much easier when you know what you actually want to say.

Action Step: Be absolutely clear about what you want to convey to your followers or core team in the area you are in leadership.

3. Poor Self Management. While leadership is great, it can be tiring, draining and exhausting. Most people will not pick up on signs of exhaustion in a leader. As a leader, it is vital that you take care of yourself emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually.

Action Step: When you feel you are stressed or running on empty in any area, take time out for yourself to be refreshed and refuelled.

4. Driven by fear of failure. Being driven is a quality every leader needs, but what drives you is what is important. If the desire to succeed is what is driving you, then you will willingly take risks. But when fear of failure is the driving force, it makes risk taking so much more difficult.

Action Step: Take a good honest look at what you are driven by. Great leaders are never afraid to take a risk.

As you consider these four warning signs of leadership failure, do not be afraid to take an honest look at yourself. If any of the warnings ring true, take action today! The good news is that by paying attention to these signs and heeding their warnings, you can avoid disaster and sustain the kind of leadership that is healthy and fulfilling both for yourself and your followers.

The leadership, a term borrowed from english, defines the capacity of an individual to carry out or lead other individuals or organizations with an aim of achieving certain goals

The leadership, a term borrowed from English, defines the capacity of an individual to carry out or lead other individuals or organizations with an aim of achieving certain goals. It will be said whereas a leader is somebody who is able to guide, to influence and inspire.

A leader is distinguished from a manager or a decision maker, which has capacities for the administration, without “to carry out” the group, the organization or the country at another stage of its development. A good manager can be a leader, but two qualities are not automatically dependent. Associated the political sphere a long time, the leadership is a quality sought in a great number of fields. Thus, one will also speak about leadership in that, business world of the culture or the science or in the field of the sport. One will distinguish also public leadership from private leadership, this last being directed towards the company. A politician is thus not necessarily a leader; conversely, many leaders are not politicians.

As much the coverages by the leadership evolved/moved, as much qualities which define it multiplied. If the leadership in the past were closely associated with the personality with the leader and particularly with its charisma, much of recent studies suggest a capacity learned, fruit of the experiment and dependent on specific contexts. Among competences (or qualities) which one finds in the leaders, one can quote: vision, strategy, persuasion, the communication, confidence and ethics.

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A common theme floats through the bleachers of any youth sports event

A common theme floats through the bleachers of any youth sports event. This theme embodies the essential elements of teamwork that are crucial to every business in America. Every manager has the task of assembling teams of people and leading them in a successful direction. Obviously, this sounds much easier than it is, but why?

Ask the parents of young athletes what they think of the coaching and leadership of their sons or daughters team. Most will offer a positive remark about the team and the coach. The unspoken is often at the heart of the matter and deals with the only participant they truly care about; their child. Parents reserve the right to hold lofty opinions of their offspring’s athletic prowess and ability to impact the team. They sense that coaches try hard, but rarely see the true athletic genius of their child. Those of you who’ve spent countless hours on cold, aluminum bleachers can relate to this message.

The problem lies mostly in the message that kids receive at home. They listen and give their team and coach their best effort in practice only to hear a parent tell them how underappreciated and misused they really are on the field of play. Many of these athletes then return to practice wondering themselves why they are not the center of attention or the leading scorer. The results can be devastating for the young person. Unsure of their real value and role on the team they can lose interest, pull others down, or quit. Because the window of athletic participation is short lived for all kids, we often miss the mark as parents and coaches. Youth coaches have a unique opportunity to develop not only the team but each young person’s life. The beauty of sports in our world today is that the playing field can be a powerful teacher of life’s lessons to come.

In business, just as in youth sports, the football model holds true. Imagine yourself as a football coach for a second. The goal is to establish a vision, set goals, provide roles for participants, and design a path to success. Not until you get each of the players to buy into the game plan will you move ahead in the right direction. So where does the football analogy come in?

As the coach you must decide who will fill all of the positions on the field. Much like fielding a business team or office staff, the head coach must find and develop the best center, quarterback, receiver, and place kicker. What qualifications are needed in each position? How do you entice players to accept less glamorous roles on the team? Do you have quality people in your organization that can properly fill and execute these positions or do you need to recruit them? What strategy do you use when a player will not accept the role you present? Would you know how to put the best possible team on the field if you were the coach? The role of a business leader is much the same.

To crystallize this process, a great coach or leader will instill the value and greatness of each person on the team within their specific role. Truthfully, almost every kid grows up wanting to be the quarterback or receiver. What would a team look like with 11 quarterbacks and no one to snap the ball or block for them? As players fit and fill roles on the team they buy into the importance of what each bring to the table. They gain strength and confidence by doing their job well. Without their role being filled in an important way, the team does not execute to its capabilities. When more than one player fails to accept or execute their role, the team begins to deteriorate from the inside. On the outside, losses fill the schedule instead of wins. My advice for every business leader is to take a look into the genius of the great coaches in sports. You can find them at the elementary, high school, college, and pro levels. How and why do they make these tough personnel decisions on a daily basis, year after year. You’ll find that each are masters at defining roles and establishing the importance of each role. As each part of the team is assembled and developed through practice and hard work, the inner workings of a successful team are in place. Take a page from the football playbook and create your own winning team.

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