By Jacob Fahl
You’re reading this article because you already have a fascination or an involvement in sports either as a recreation hobby or something more permanent in your life. For each of us, sports and being competitive is natural and something we love to do. I love to compete; I love the challenge; the grind of getting better, learning something new, and just plain working hard. It ignites my soul and I love how competing makes me feel. I’m sure a lot of you share the same sentiment. The joy of achieving, of winning, of crossing the finish line is like no other. Sometimes it can be a relief (I’m sure felt by many after a marathon), a sense of appreciation, complete bliss or just freaking losing your mind. The love of the game or the love of sports propels us to achieve. This same fuel carries over to our personal and professional lives as well. In most instances we desire to be rich in our experiences, successful in our relationships and careers and even win the game of Chutes and Ladders with our kids (why should we take it easy on them, right!).
By Camille Preston
Psychologist, speaker, author & renowned coach, specializing in leadership agility, virtual effectiveness and CreateMoreFlow.com
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Before you doubt this, think back to a time where you felt fantastic: You were in the zone, delivering great work, and feeling like a million bucks. You were in the state of flow.
Flow is the state of feeling and performing at your best, when your work is effortless, when you are lost yet completely present, immersed, and focused.
What if you could reliably get more of that, both personally and professionally? Not only would it feel great, but it could amplify your effectiveness. McKinsey researchers revealed that individuals could double their productivity if they spent 20% more time in flow.
How can you understand what sets you up for this optimal experience? As a coach, I want you to both understand first, what positioned you for success, and second, how you can reliably recreate experiences like that.
And yes, a donut, or at least a donut metaphor, can help you do this.
This article was written by Kevin Sprouse, DO, CAQSM. Dr. Sprouse is a team physician for the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team, has a degree in exercise science, and is board-certified in two medical specialties. He practices Sports Medicine at Provision Sports Medicine in Knoxville, TN.
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Muscle cramps have ended many an athlete’s race, and the questions I always get are “why did this happen?” and “how do I keep it from happening again?” For many years, medicine and science had no good answers to these questions. But in the past few years, the science has truly evolved. As tends to happen though, those answers have led to more questions. Once we know why cramps happen and how to stop them, should we? Is it healthy to turn off this natural response?
In recent years, some very important academic work has shown that we were wrong about cramps. There is actually very little correlation with hydration or electrolyte status. More important are variables like genetics and fitness. This helps explain why we’ve seen so many “salt” products come to market, only to fade away after a few years. These recently published studies have shown that there are neurologic receptors in the mouth which act to interrupt the cramping response. If you stimulate those receptors with the correct substances, you can abort and possibly prevent muscle cramps to some degree.
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Have you ever been attacked, robbed or backstabbed? Maybe not, but you might have felt this way when you were in an argument with your boss, when your colleague closed a big deal with your client or when you just missed a promotion.
Do you know that in all of these situations your body and mind reacts the same? When you are exposed to threats, neural activity in the amygdala increases and body responses (like sweating or increased heart rate) result. As business people we often overreact and there's are many things we can learn from Krav Maga athletes, who train how to deal with attacks.
Krav Maga is a self-defense technique, developed by the Israeli military. Last Sunday I had the pleasure to work with Krav Maga Expert Level 2 Trainer Roy Tichelaar.
These are the 8 useful life lessons I learned from his training:
By Rick Miller
VP Networked Insights
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Perhaps more this Olympiad than in any previous, fans and media have focused on the economics of the Olympic Games. From Brazil's budgetary woes and the I.O.C.'s role in them to numerous brand spats about sponsorship rules and the boundaries between promotion and personal communication, the root of these debates mostly traces back to a simple marketing question: what is the brand value of an Olympian?
While it may not be an altruistic point of view, an Olympian has value if he or she helps a brand sell product and/or build some greater brand equity that – at some point in the future – will also sell product. So how much product can an Olympian realistically move, and what is that worth to a brand?
The answer stems from three pieces of data:
Keying off the recent public attention garnered by niche running apparel brands Brooksand Oiselle, I explored the value Olympic track & field stars bring to the running shoe & accessories market.
By Lawrence Polsky
Co-Founder, Teams of Distinction
I have coached, consulted to and trained hundreds of executives and can say quite confidently that the lack of this one skill is the basis for career problems including being passed over for promotions, demotions, and even firing.
The skill is listening. Or lack thereof. It seems like a trivial, basic skill that one would think every junior executive has mastered. One would think that a leader who didn't listen well would never be put in charge of a large organizations. Unfortunately, my experience in the opposite.
Why Most Executives Have the Odds Stacked Against Them
Leaders are promoted to executive leadership roles because they have created results: they have made good investment decisions; they have blown by their goals; they have, in essence, succeeded in their jobs.
They often learn over and over that they are the smartest people in the room. From this success, they can come to the fatal and false belief that listening is optional. Why listen when my ideas are so good? I must be smarter. Why bother to listen unless it is to simply appear caring?