1. Brad Gilbert and Steve Jamison’s book Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis puts winning down to three key actions: getting an edge before the game by sticking to your core; obsessive focus during the game; and playing smart by controlling the controllables. He talks about playing smart against Boris Becker. Gilbert knew he was no match for Becker’s power shots so played a soft hitting game that put Becker off his rhythm and won the match. Control the controllables. It’s about not getting distracted when things don’t go your way (a real life inevitability) and staying focused on flexible, rigorous execution of what’s core. Adjust accordingly to circumstances and execute immediately. Take that to work tomorrow.
- As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an ‘uplift’ for the birds that follow. By flying in a ‘v’ formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent extra flying range. Lesson: People who share a sense of community can help each other get where they are going more easily …because they are travelling on the trust of one another.
- When the lead goose tires, it drops back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position. Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as
when we are strong. Take turns doing the hard tasks.