We thought that it would be important and informative, as our initial blog post, to provide a brief overview of our leadership and performance philosophy. What is provided below is the skinny on where we focus our energy when creating learning and training experiences. This also happens to be where we navigate our attention when creating blog posts...
Leadership is relational. Leadership is about creating change. And leadership is is value-laden - it is for good. In one sentence, leadership is about engaging synergistically with others to create positive change. In order for that to happen, three pillars are critical. Leader-Athletes:
(1) Balance reflection and action.
(2) Match personal passions with community causes.
(3) Promote the three ‘Ss’ of service; systems, synergy, and strengths.
Our leadership experiences are built upon these three pillars in order to create the conditions for synergistically-fueled positive change. This is what we mean:
(1) Balancing REFLECTION and ACTION:
Leadership is a delicate balance and continual oscillation between reflection and action. Effective leaders spend time analyzing and observing themselves, their situations, and their teams. That knowledge is then utilized to act in meaningful and appropriate ways. All of our programs engage participants in harnessing the power of both reflection and action.
(2) Matching PERSONAL PASSIONS with COMMUNITY CAUSES:
Leadership is predicated upon first uncovering and then matching our personal passions with the needs of our community or team. By recognizing our personal passions and community causes, we shift the focus of leadership from power, position, prestige, and personal reward to a more honorable perspective - leadership rooted in the person (who am I, what are my values, what is my vision?) and the purpose with which I lead (how can I create positive change?).
(3) SYSTEMS, SYNERGY, & a STRENGTHS-BASED style of SERVICE:
Leadership is first and foremost about service – What can I do to create positive change in myself, my team, and my community? We believe that leaders are most successful at serving when the ‘S’ trifecta is in play – systems-thinking, synergy with oneself and others, and a strengths-based approach work.
- Systems-thinking is seeing the interconnections and interrelationships that exist and making healthy changes at the root-level.
- Synergy is about being in flow (in the zone) with myself and the team.
- Strengths-based approaches to service capitalize on harnessing our talents, skills, and resiliencies rather than being overcome
by our flaws, flubs, or failures.
Performance training undoubtedly enhances skills for competition. But our belief is that performance training goes well beyond practice or game day. Performance training is designed to enhance every aspect of our life - within sport, within ourselves, and within the community. We focus on three pillars of performance training. Leader-Athletes:
(1) Endure - operate from a resiliency mindset.
(2) Evolve - grow through experiences; both challenges and celebrations.
(3) Execute - act their best when it matters the most.
Our performance training experiences are built upon these three pillars in order to establish the conditions to succeed athletically, personally, and communally. This is what we mean:
In all aspects of performance, we need to take what life hands us (both good and bad) and not get side-tracked. We stay focused and resilient. 'It is not about what happens to us, but how we react and respond'. By enduring, we recognize that rarely (if ever) do we perform they way we expect to. By enduring, we act in ways that empowers us to keep crushing it and attacking the future regardless of the obstacles. Endure is about functioning in a way that those obstacles are opportunities for improvement.
When we learn from our experiences, we evolve. Our performance is enhanced when we 'grow' through our experiences - both challenges and celebration - rather than just 'going' through them. Evolving is adapting to the ever-changing demands of sport and life. During pressure-filled situations, leader-athletes must master the ability to ground themselves in effective thought patterns. This “growth” mindset assists athletes in developing a healthy sense of self. The challenging nature of sport serves as a holding environment for evolution as athletes and leaders.
Those who excel at the highest level of performance know what it takes to perform exceptionally. They execute. They capitalize on being their best when it matters most. Even while under the greatest pressures leader-athletes are consistently connected to and are in control of their bodies and minds.
We envision a world