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Coached: Advanced Leadership Development

A podcast brought to you by Mental Performance Coach, Erik Kruger.

Weekly conversations to support CEO's doing meaningful work.

Expect to hear conversations that get inside the minds of successful CEO's as well as the people (coaches and thought leaders) that support them.

The podcast is short enough for you to consume in one sitting but long enough to provide you with useful insights.

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3 Ideas For Taking More Consistent Action

If I was to pinpoint some of the root causes of inconsistent action it would be:

1. Starting without considering the time (and money) investment needed.
2. Starting without thinking of where this course of action will take you.
3. A poor patience threshold (also poor anxiety and frustration tolerance).

Based on my experience and from what I have seen in my coaching practice here are 3 ideas for you to consider to become more consistent.

Accountability, Symbolic Action, Practicing Who You Want To Be

Welcome to another episode of Coached.

These are reflection posts shared from the podcast.

They contain three reflections from my interactions with clients, personal thinking time, and preparation for talks and workshops.

In this episode three quick things to think about:


Accountability is often a very shame-driven process. The starting point for the accountability engagement is the implicit agreement that I won't let you down. Because if I let you down I will feel guilt and shame.

This works. But only for a while.

Eventually, people disengage from the process to avoid feeling shame and guilt. It's like breaking up with someone in your mind months before doing it in person. You become disinvested and even though you are sitting in accountability meetings you don't actually feel anything anymore.

Perhaps a better approach is to reframe accountability as "reminding". This means that we stop tasking people with holding us accountable (judging us based on behaviour) and instead start tasking them with reminding us of who we want to be and the values that we want to live by.

Symbolic Action

We take action because of the results that we attain from it.

But some actions also carry a symbolic value.

These actions are about others and come with subtext. It's an action that shows the other party that you considered them, that they mean something to you, and that you care.

Make sure to build them into your business too.

Practicing Who You Want To Be

Sounds strange, right?

But I believe that practicing who we want to be is an important element of growth.

First off, it requires you to actually have an idea of who you want to be.

Secondly, to determine the behaviour that align with the 'new you'.

Thirdly, you have to then embody those behaviours and ways of thinking.

This 'new you' is available to you immediately.

You can be who you want to be from this very moment.

Over time, with enough repetition, the 'new you' becomes the norm :)

Expectations, Attunement, and a PFL

Welcome to the first edition of Coached.

This is a show about leadership development. Expect to hear conversations that get inside the minds of successful CEO’s as well as the people (coaches and thought leaders) that support them.

#15. Not Minding That It Hurts

This is a short story that I shared at a panel event I participated in. The question that was asked - "What one thought would you like to leave with the audience for 2019?"

Daily Mail #783: What A Way To End The Day

I recently watched a movie on Edward Snowden, the guy who blew the whistle on the NSA spying on basically every phone in the world.

He ends the movie with a line that I thought is really important.

“I have freedom from worrying about tomorrow because I am happy with what I did today.”

I like it for a few reasons:

1. It keeps you focused on the now.
2. It holds you accountable for what you did. Not what you said you would do.
3. It’s a great reminder that our lives will be pretty great if we gave our absolute best in every moment.

For 2019 I want more days that create freedom in the future.

For 2019 I want to end more days with a smirk, knowing that I gave my best.

How about you?

Acta Non Verba,

3D-Vision: Creating A Life Of Meaning, Productivity, and Performance

Sure, I might be showing up as the current best version of me. But am I showing up as the best version of who I want to be?

This is something I have been pondering now for a while. The thought originated with me after a workshop I did recently. In the workshop I talk about the high-performance state of mind and suggest two lenses through which we can view high-performance.

#9: First Put The Oxygen Mask On Your Employees

To me, this has a very obvious implication. When people are stressed their emotional and mental bandwidth decreases. This means that they cannot focus on what they need to do for you before they have made sure that they are OK. When someone is overworked, stressed, anxious, and struggling to find work-life balance then it’s very hard to show up at work fully engaged.

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