World-Class Performance:  Resourcing Yourself

The biggest barrier to resourcing yourself for world-class performance is...yourself. At RHR, we work with many executives who achieve substantial success through grit, hard work, and sheer determination. They are singularly focused on their individual achievement and such drive and passion can get them very far. Yet, just like Andy Murray, whom we talked about in the first post of this series, there often comes a moment where these skills are insufficient, and in fact, derailing.

Striving for World-Class Performance

Common among professional athletes is the idea of “resourcing yourself” for world-class performance: investing in the support, knowledge, and coaching to enable them to compete and win at the highest levels. Not so common is this idea in the business world. Across our work with senior executives and CEOs, we find this topic woefully misunderstood, and one where professional executives can learn a thing or two from professional athletes. 

The 10-Minute Mental Toughness Workout for Leaders

In our last post, we explored how some people thrive in difficult circumstances, while others flounder and presented data suggesting that it takes increasingly higher levels of innate mental toughness to ascend to the highest levels of organizational leadership. In this post, we provide you with a training regimen to help you build habits associated with mental toughness.

Resilience: Simple Habits That Will Make a Big Difference

You know a topic has hit the mainstream when the backlash begins. Here is what popular Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway wrote recently:

“Our message to executives who crack up is that it is their fault for not having enough of something that has become the corporate world’s favourite and most fashionable virtue: resilience. At the same time, we are hoodwinking companies into thinking resilience can be bought. So long as the programme is ‘holistic’ and ‘personalised,’ a CEO can be turned from a frail human into a superhero.

How to Win Over Skeptical Coworkers as a Young Boss

Jessica Bigazzi Foster is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the topic of how young leaders can gain trust and acceptance from older colleagues.

Jessica Bigazzi Foster, head of the executive development global practice for RHR International LLP, a leadership advisory firm, says her employer is getting more assignments to coach young executives, especially those hired from outside a firm. “We see a lot of organ rejection,” she says, and the executives who don’t work out typically are less experienced in large corporate settings.

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