Category Archives: Peak performance

Coda: Diminishing returns

Margaret Beaton

After writing Diminishing returns, a post about how executives can work less and produce more, I came across a brilliant exposition on the same topic. From Spain the prolific Jesus Gill Hernandez, wrote The Law of Diminishing Returns in January 2014. Jesus captures the essence of the insight this way “The ability to recognize the point of diminishing returns and … [Read More]

 

Diminishing returns

Margaret Beaton

The law of diminishing returns was distressingly evident in an interview with a young lawyer on the ABC’s 7.30 report last week. Jerome Doraisamy, the subject of the interview and author of a book on his experience, was sharing his journey and recovery from debilitating depression. In doing so he was talking to every one of us. Being a … [Read More]

 

To be a top performer, manage your energy not your time

Margaret Beaton

The common stereotype of senior executives working 60 hour weeks, not taking holidays, and enduring unhealthy levels of stress is well founded. Those fuelling this stereotype do indeed invest huge and unrelenting hours in being top performers. If you recognise yourself in this caricature, the personal price you are paying is very high. Executive life … [Read More]

 

Coda to ‘How often do you get lost in your work?’

Margaret Beaton

My first post of 2013 asked ‘How often do you get lost in your work?’. In this post I drew on the work of Milhály Csíkszentmihályi in explaining how the idea of finding ‘flow’ can help you develop your career. In his latest book Flourish, Martin Seligman–of Authentic Happiness fame–expounds a theory of well-being. Reading … [Read More]

 

How often do you get lost in your work?

Margaret Beaton

I was privileged to be in the Sydney 2000 Olympics stadium the night Cathy Freeman won the 400m Gold Medal. It was an experience of a lifetime that still makes me feel at once overawed and exhilarated. Years later I heard Cathy speaking about her state of mind and body when she runs competitively: “I … [Read More]

 

Coda to my post ‘Do you have a personal feedback system?’

Margaret Beaton

After I wrote Do you have a personal feedback system? earlier today, I watched episode 3 of the uplifting ABC documentary Sporting Nation. Of the many inspirational clips, Herb Elliott and Cathy Freeman stood out for me as they expounded why and how they ran their themselves into Olympic history and our national psyche. In their own … [Read More]

 

Do you have a personal feedback system?

Margaret Beaton

High performing leaders regularly give themselves feedback. What’s really exciting about this is that we can all learn to use their methods. Whether they are sportspeople, artists, academics, or businesspeople, high performing leaders observe themselves closely, continuously and honestly. They are adept at looking from the outside at their own behaviour, analysing their thoughts and … [Read More]

 

Stepping up at the Australian Tennis Open

Margaret Beaton

A distinguished blogger in Forbes magazine caught my attention with a topical and insightful way of thinking about what should mentoring mean for those ‘stepping up’ into leadership roles. As the recent epic struggles on the courts of the Australian Tennis Open dramatically demonstrated, competition brings out the best in a person in whatever she or he … [Read More]