Why Coaching Can Make the Difference for You and Your Organization

In the past 20 years, my company, New Edge Performance, has assessed most of our participants in both our corporate and athlete coaching practice, through group speaking engagements and at conferences. The results show that approximately 80% of people do not have an adequate level of key performance skills to be a high performer. Skills…

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The Confidence Crisis in Performance and Leadership

The “Secret Weapon” in Performance is Being Challenged If you are a business performer or leader, you know that confidence is your secret weapon. There is no sweeter feeling than knowing that, no matter what the situation or degree of pressure, that you or your team have what it takes to get the result you…

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Perception Precedes Reality – Self-Awareness More Important than Ever

Is perception in an organization important? You bet. It often determines your path forward. Self-Awareness if a key in recognizing perceptions and vital in your career. New article on LinkedIn to help with perception …   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/perception-precedes-reality-self-awareness-matters-more-john-haime/

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The Grateful Athlete …

How a Simple Emotion Can Elevate High Performance What are you grateful for? That might seem like a strange question to ask a high performing athlete, but the emotion of gratitude can help take your performance to the next level. Let me explain … Research has linked the emotion of gratitude to better overall physical…

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Beyond the Game – What’s Next?

What the heck do I do now? A normal question athletes ask themselves when the applause stops and the lights go out. Watching the extreme example of Chris Nilan of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens in the show “Gladiators” recently on TV, and working in the field with active and retiring athletes, I understand the potential…

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Do Values have Value for You or Your Organization?

Values, Values, Values. When you start talking about values, eyes glaze over and attention turns to smart phones and checking messages. Values aren’t sexy. The “new” leadership buzzwords and fresh new concepts get the attention, headlines and blog posts. Fundamentals and foundation just aren’t real attention grabbers. The problem with values isn’t the values themselves.…

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The Motivation Myth – Red Bull or A Balanced Meal

I am asked often to visit corporate teams or sports teams to help with motivation. A lack of motivation or apathy exists within the team so I am hired to create some perspective and point the team in the right direction. I am always happy to meet the requests of the client and create a…

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What’s Next – A Perspective of Athlete Identity

The hermit crab lives in a shell. When it outgrows a shell, it must leave that shell, find another and expose itself to predators. This is an ongoing process for the hermit crab – in order to grow, it must make the choice to leave its shell and start again. As an athlete transitioning from…

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Everyone’s a Coach

At some point you will be a coach, whether you know it or not! If you’re a parent or have anything to do with kids, this blog post applies to you. I sit many days and watch elite athletes perform. In all cases, the coach is a big part of this performance. I have the…

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Squirrel!

Playing professional golf for a number of years, I know the concept of “Squirrel!” – distractions left and right pulling me away from what was fundamentally important. Everyone seemed to have a theory in golf – and if you have a look at the number of books written about the game – you’ll find a…

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Identity – Why is it Important for Athletes?

Identity – the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others The greatest athletes in every sport are original. They each have a very specific identity they bring to their sports. Think about the current, dominant athletes – and how they bring something very different to their sports and do…

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Leadership: What We Can Learn from Leadership in Golf’s Ryder Cup?

In the Ryder Cup in 2014, American Tom Watson and Irishman Paul McGinley led their Ryder Cup teams. Two Ryder Cup Captains that couldn’t be more different. Watson – the iconic figure in American golf – the winner of eight major golf championships. McGinley – the little engine that could – a blue collar player…

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The Fundamental Key to Elite, Consistent Performance

What is the doorway to your performance? How can all performers create a solid stable mental/emotional foundation to insure consistent performance? The more I work with athletes, artists or executives on elevating performance, helping them get to where they want to go, the more the importance of self-awareness is clear to me. It gives high…

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Do You Have an Emotional Caddy?

Everyone needs an Emotional Caddy. Each one of the athletes, executives, performers that I work with has one and benefits greatly from having this “friend” in their corner. What is an Emotional Caddy? Let me explain … A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to play professional golf at the highest level. “Caddies”…

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The Next Frontier in Athletic Performance

Physical metrics are critical to understand what an athlete can do … “the 40”, “the mile”, “the benchpress”, “the vertical jump” – all important in assessing an athlete. But is it possible to look inside and learn about how the athlete might perform under the pressure of competition? Is it possible to learn how a…

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Confidence is a Choice

“I lost my confidence.” “I’m losing my confidence.” “He/She is not confident.” These are a few statements you and I have heard many times from leading and talented athletes. Is it possible to “lose” confidence all of sudden or over a short period of time? It is my experience working with leading athletes, professionals and…

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What is Your Shelf Life as a Coach?

Understand the game – check. Read lots of books on coaching – check. Attended courses on how to coach – check. Played the game at some level – check. I’m a Coach now – right? Well … you have some base-level fundamentals – critical for success – but there is the next level of coaching…

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Are You a Contender or Pretender?

Are you a Contender or Pretender? My book, “You are a Contender! Build Emotional Muscle to Perform Better and Achieve More – in business, sports and life” looks at this question and helps people begin making the shift through a variety of practical tools. Building emotional muscle is not easy and takes time. That is…

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Measuring Mental/Emotional Capabilities in Athletes

We’re getting some very fascinating results lately assessing some of the world’s top athletes with a new assessment instrument – the Emotional Intelligence Sports Inventory. The tool measures the key performance competencies that separate average and elite athletic performers. This is exciting because it is the first time that Emotional Intelligence and performance have been…

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Where You Come From Impacts Where You’re Going!

Very often, where a person comes from is a factor overlooked in performance. Most examination in how a very high performer reached their heights looks at how much work they did to get there – we’re hearing all about a 10,000 hour threshold now – and how great performers seemed to work on the right…

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