Archive for October, 2011

Deliberate Practice – Be Reflective (Steve Jobs)

Like so many leaders, business people and other human beings, I was spending time in the last 24 hours reflecting upon the life and leadership lessons we could all learn from Steve Jobs. In this 2 minute video I share what I learned.

How can we use what we learned from him to be better leaders and human beings?  He encouraged everyone to follow their heart and their intuition because they already know who you want to become.  That is pretty powerful!  He also tells us to love what you do and it will keep getting better everyday.  Do you love what you do?

Take some time and be reflective on what you could learn from Steve Jobs and how you might use it as a coaching leader to keep getting better.

Deliberate Practice – Be Open to Feedback

 

This week’s deliberate practice is about being open to feedback.

Last week I was filming my blog in my office (I live and work here with a great client and friend in a company called Park&Co in Phoenix, Arizona). Some of the Park&Co team members came to me after last week’s blog and said, “Hey Coach, come here a minute. We gotta give you some feedback. We would like to see you blow that whistle even louder. Don’t be afraid. Really give it a good blow at the end of your deliberate practice.”

I thought about it. Just like a lot of people in the first couple seconds I thought, “Who the hell are you to be telling me how loud to blow my whistle?” Then I thought about it and thought – that is probably some pretty good feedback.

The deliberate practice is to be open to feedback. Don’t do what a lot of people do and say, Yea, that is a good idea and their eyes and their body language are like kiss my #^%&. Either be open to feedback or don’t, but don’t pretend that you are. So be open to feedback! Create a culture in which everybody can give feedback and be open to new ways of doing things.

Great article this week that talked about mindset.  Great companies, great teams, and great leaders have a mindset for continually getting better.

Let me give a shameless plug.  Park&Co has a space called CoLab just for people who want to work in spaces like this and want to be collaborative.  It’s a great space in Phoenix, Arizona.

Park&Co folks thank you very much!  I know you will be really proud of me when I blow the whistle this week.

Get out there this week and really be open to feedback!

  • Posted by Pete Walsh
  • Thursday, October 6th, 2011
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Deliberate Practice – Finish Strong!

 

This month’s challenge: Learning how to finish strong in your business.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but golf tournaments are usually won late on Sunday, usually on the back nine.  The same thing with football games; late in the game somebody makes a great play or somebody chokes.

I want to make sure that you learn how to finish strong and not choke.  Come up with 1 or 2 deliberate practices that are going to help you to stay focused and learn how to finish strong.  It could be health, it could be sleeping right, eating right, exercising, having the right mindset, the right energy,  getting/staying organized, or reviewing your business plan or goals daily.

Come up with 1 or 2 deliberate practices to stay focused and learn how to finish strong.  Send me your deliberate practices.  Finish strong and learn how to be a champion!

  • Posted by Pete Walsh
  • Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
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