It was great to informally receive positive feedback from two clients yesterday but what about formal quarterly feedback?
How often do you use Feedforward as a coaching tool? It could influence how you view feedback in the future.
Elite tennis players think and behave almost identically:
- Visualising an optimistic future performance
- Non-judgmental analysis
- Changing habits for improved future performance
- Ultimate levels of listening, observing and analysing
Positive behavioural suggestions are much easier to accept than a superior’s criticisms of your past performance. The memory of criticism lasts five times longer than praise.
Feedforward is quick, no toiling over past mistakes – no defensiveness. This article explains how this simple yet effective tool works, but how well does it perform in practice?
Please share your Feedforward success stories and any limitations under certain circumstances or within different contexts you’ve experienced.
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Rafa Nadal has been an exemplary role model, displaying resilience and self-belief in this golden era of tennis.
Many questioned whether his physicality and unique playing style, combined with unfortunate injuries would lead to early retirement. Was it sustainable for him to continue performing at that intensity?
He had to adapt exceptionally in at least three areas:
1. In the way he moved and his level of intensity.
2. He adapted his technique and transformed his serve into a weapon.
3. Finally, he had to minimise his elaborate pre-point routines to whittle it down to the required 25 seconds.
As 2020 draws to a close, Rafa now holds 20 Grand Slam titles and there are more on the horizon.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this remarkable player...
It is Lockdown 2.0 and the majority of us have now worked from home for over 7 months. The vital importance of social support and interaction with family, friends and colleagues for a healthy mental state has been re-emphasised to me.
Whilst coaching senior leaders, it is apparent that overwhelming pressure and workload stress is being heightened by the current home-working environment.
Recurring themes among leaders are:
- missing the banter and interaction from colleagues and the office environment,
- bearing heavy workloads and long hours,
- feeling overwhelmed by a constant stream of emails and virtual meetings.
We too easily neglect social interactions after a long day online. Psychologists have warned us of a mental health time bomb.
According to Dr Brian Marien, the brain needs social interaction. This clip explains why we should change ruminating thoughts of anxiety to overriding thoughts of optimism. He suggests:
- Switch on your good genes
- Replace negative cognitive circuits with beneficial, optimistic thoughts of gratitude and social connectedness
- Create something with a greater purpose outside of ourselves
- What we are constantly thinking of, strengthens our neural circuits (from ‘footpath to autobahn’)