The Performance Pro

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


In Marshall Goldsmith book on MOJO,  Mojo is defined as that positive spirit that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside and it peaks when we are experiencing both happiness and meaning in what we are doing. Too often the challenge is finding a way to sustain our Mojo, especially when the world seems to slap us down, gives us tough challenges or we start listening to those negative little voices from the past.

When going gets rough, our enthusiasm and positivity wane.  We tend to go to our default response. We choose safe -- that is, continuing doing the same old, same old. Doing what we're already doing and remaining in our comfort zone.  

My recommendation: Fuel yourself with the belief in yourself, and I can do it attitude,  a sense of humor, muster up your Mojo and enter your Stretch Zone. You know the place, it might not be real comfortable, in fact it might make you squirm-- but the end result is always growth and a glowing satisfaction of achievement. This technique is often discussed in our programs. Once one is active in their Stretch Zone, obtaining even a small success energizes spirit, magnifies clarity and purpose. This manifests a fuller, more confident and enthusiastic version of you -- Whoo Hoo, that is MOJO!                            

               Nobody gets to live life backwards--look ahead with confidence and purpose.
                                                      That is where your future is.


Tuesday, September 08, 2015


With the coming of fall, sooner or later you will be headed for some clothing updates.  As with this past summer,  color is everywhere. And so are the designs that are so chaotic they could make you dizzy. For making workplace attire choices, the formula is actually pretty easy.  Remember, if you want to be a rock star, dress like a rock star.  If you want to be seen as a leader, dress like a leader. If you want to be seen as a business professional, dress like a business professional.   People aren't mind readers. Within second of seeing you, they will make a judgment as to your socio-economic status, education and desirability.  An added kicker: They never forget their first impression of you. Make it a good one. A few tips:

  1. Know what colors look good on you and stick to them.
  2. Neck scarves are in.  Gals, a new scarf can transform and update those clothes you already have. Guys, for outdoor wear, throw on a nice wool neck scarf. 
  3. Keep the crazy designs at a minimum. Their CPW (cost per wear) is high.  You want classic looks that will frame your face and accentuate you,  not overpower you.  Don't get caught drowning in gaudy designs of fashion-trend mania. Just because it's there, doesn't mean it's the best choice for you.
  4. Guys, baggy is out, trim is in.  A classic blazer and crisp white shirt screams cool,  confident.....and don't forget to polish those shoes.
  5. When trying on clothes, look in the mirror. Ask the question:  What message does this send about you?
  6. Don't rationalize.  Remember: Clerks are there to sell.
  7. Go for the silent wow.

You are the billboard for the person you want to be.