Archive for April, 2011

Toys or Us?

April 26, 2011
Life size Barbie

As a keynote speaker on peak performance one of the points I emphasize is accountability.

Recently the  Today Show interviewed Galia Slayen (pictured here) who built a life size Barbie to demonstrate the unhealthy body image the iconic doll represents to young girls as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness week.  Although Galia did not directly point the finger at  Barbie as the cause of her anorexia, she said it was “an environmental factor” of considerable influence because she thought that was the way she was supposed to look. 
 When are we going to take personal responsibility for our choices?
If a plastic toy can cause anorexia and MacDonalds causes obesity,  I guess I should sue the Easter bunny for my chocolate over dose every April.
It’s time to grow up and get real.
Top performers own up to their choices, admit mistakes, learn from them and move forward. Average performers spend their time looking for someone to blame  and settle for mediocrity.
Do you take your A game to work every day?
If you want to play with the big boys  be accountable or get out of the sand box.

Three Performance Tips to take from Polo Ponies

April 6, 2011
Houston Polo Club

Polo. “Tis the sport of kings they say.

Jolly good and all that.

As a motivational keynote speaker on peak performance it was fascinating to watch a game at the Houston Polo Club  to draw some parallels between business and sports. The ponies train for years to stop on a dime and turn on a whim. The players are passionate, skilled and dedicated to the game.  Both pony and rider are in perfect sync with one common goal: to win.

Extraordinary performance takes commitment, discipline and focus. Do you have what it takes?

Success in business today means you have to stand out from the crowd and be better than the competition. It starts with a passion for what you do, followed by practice to be the best and staying focused on the goal. Winning – and NOT in a Charlie Sheen way.

Polo is an expensive sport because players have to own a string of ponies.

Not liking the work you do will cost you something priceless: happiness.