GOLD!: Mastering the Psychology of Execution/The Abridged Version

GOLD!: Mastering the Psychology of Execution/The Abridged Version

by Stephen Long
GOLD!: Mastering the Psychology of Execution/The Abridged Version

GOLD!: Mastering the Psychology of Execution/The Abridged Version

by Stephen Long

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  • Does your company win against world class competition?
    Are you considered to be the best in the world at what you do?
    Would you or your firm be selected to represent your country to compete against the best in the world?

Athletic competition is drama produced in real time. So is business. Nobody knows for sure who will win, chiefly the competitors. There is no script, no story line to stick to. Nobody wins on talent alone — in athletics or business — because everyone has talent at the highest levels of competition. The Olympians featured in GOLD! all agree they have talent, but so does everyone else on the international level. Is it simply a matter of preparing and hoping for the best? If talent is not the differentiating factor, then what is? Hard work? Everyone works hard. Could it be experience? No way. Expertise is a considerably more valued trait than experience. Is it a God-given gift that's a one-in-a-million thing? Not likely. What are the secrets — the underlying tenets — Olympic and world champions apply in their lives, both in and out of competition? Sixteen Olympians share fundamental truths that guide behavior and provide the foundation for global success. GOLD! merges academic validity with street smarts providing a roadmap to leverage inherent talent. The fact is the optimal performance we see in our minds is in our hands. We have more control over our God-given gifts more than anyone could ever imagine.

Strategy is important, but execution is paramount. Strategy doesn't have to be perfect — it just needs to be sound. Execution is the piece of the puzzle that's overlooked producing inconsistent results and prohibiting change. Research shows business strategies only deliver 63% of what they promise. Forget about reaching the podium — If Olympians settled for those results they would have never made the team. People who win in sports and business execute strategy, but most aren't aware that a person's mindset is fundamental to consistent execution. The Olympic champions featured in GOLD! share how they came to adopt, embrace and apply these fundamental truths of human performance.

Much of what we experience in life results from a combination of talent and luck. The Olympians featured in GOLD! could only bet on themselves, but how they managed that risk was the difference between success and futility. They needed something that would deliver a future outcome that was downright unpredictable, uncertain and incalculable. They employed tools reducing the effects of luck so their talent would have a greater influence on the outcome. Untangling talent and luck is inherently challenging and the Olympians demonstrate how they managed risk by minimizing luck to experience world class achievements. By doing so, they simplified the competitive process by enhancing their sense of control. Luck can't be improved, but talent can be developed. To turn this around, people can fail on purpose through a lack of effort or poor concentration, but nobody can lose intentionally when relying on luck — maybe they'll win, maybe they'll lose. In any activity where luck plays a role, achievement boils down to a process of making decisions. The tenets applied by the Olympians shaped their decisions during situations where the future was not guaranteed, but delivered the outcome they were seeking. Olympic champions share their unconventional wisdom and counterintuitive thinking that only people at the very top know and do. Gold! provides the foundation where ability is the differentiating factor rather than luck.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162608707
Publisher: Motere Publishing
Publication date: 07/31/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 636 KB

About the Author

Dr. Stephen Long is the founder and president of Motere Consulting, a performance enhancement consulting firm providing management assessment and management development services.

Formerly the Head of Performance Psychology in the Human Performance Lab at the US Air Force Academy and the Director of the Peak Performance Clinic at the University of Kansas, Dr. Long built a statistically-based predictive model of Human Performance & Leadership that has been applied to enhance performance and develop effective leaders in business, athletics, academics, arts and the military. Dr. Long has been identified as one of North America’s top Applied Performance Psychologists where he specializes in Human Performance, Leadership Effectiveness, Talent Optimization and Strategic Execution. His model explains why effectiveness is more important than talent. Intelligence, imagination and knowledge are essential for leadership, but by themselves those inherent attributes set limits to what executives can achieve. His model, however, converts those qualities into tangible results. Dr. Long’s clients average 115% improvement in financial performance with a zero rate. A resident of Colorado Springs, Dr. Long enjoys hiking, biking, camping and fly fishing. Please refer to for more information.
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