I've had the good fortune to work with the top end of both sporting and business talent and what I have learnt is the charteristics that the superstar in the Sport & Corporate world are one of the same.
For the high performer the extremes of the highs are euphoric however, the lows can be soul destroying and you only need to look at likes of Alex Fasolo, Greg Ingles and Buddy Franklin who all have experienced mental health issues that has pushed them to the sidelines. Let me assure you that our high achieving corporates are dealing with the very same mental health issues but it just doesn't make our headlines stories.
WHY well as much as I'm a big believer in a collaborate efforts, it is often the superstar's performance can be the factor between winning and losing.
You only have to go down to the local book shop to find a mind boggling amount of literature on the theory of best practice management.
I asked four proven people mangers to provide thier view on High Performance management.
Communication is the key.
The preparation must be world class to expect to get world-class result
Tiffany is the creator and owner of the business sensation Dress for Success, Australia's largest home styling business.Tiffany is one of Australia's leading entrepreneurs and business women.
" Sometimes even your best people need a reboot. With my team I am frank..I check that all is ok with personal life first, just by asking this they know I care and offering help where possible if there is an issue.I ask how I can help them achieve their goals,I ask what they believe can be achieveand then I make them own it. I provide a leaning post by daily contact of support to achieve the goal. "
In the corporate world leadership requires more EQ than IQ. Leaders of high performing teams need to be authentic, empathetic, encouraging and most importantly, intuitive. The emotional fitness of my team is a priority to ensure individuals continue to achieve at their sustainable best. That team members have emotional and mental resilience to handle stressful, difficult and demanding times and can bounce back from set-backs or disappointments.
In order to see the early warning signs of poor performance or someone struggling, it's important to be a good listener and be a keen observer of human behaviour. I watch how their energy is being managed and when I see their enthusiasm, energy and attitude start to wane that I realise they are struggling. I watch how they engage with others and watch for any signs of health issues too. Open, honest and constructive conversations about these warning signs is crucial to create self-awareness and tackle issues before they become problems.
Roselee was the 2016 Most Successful Coach in the ANZ Championship with a winning percentage of 72%, she has coached the QLD Firbirds to Grand Final runners up in both 2013 and 2014 and Grand Final wins in 2015 and 2016
Checking in with your athlete's regularly, face to face, as well as performance staff
to pick up signs of physical or mental fatigue allow decisions on the wellbeing of
the athlete and early interventions to be made.'
When times are tough our Sporting and Business superstars need to be given the confidence and more importantly the framework to bring them back to high performance. The coach and bosses that keep them firing are truly the conductors to the Gold Medal performance.