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Putting the basics in place to sustain working under pressure

Going ‘back to basics’ is now a bit of a cliché in modern life and the phrase has become undervalued. The word ‘basics’ comes from ‘base’, meaning that they’re the foundation for everything else but just because they’re basics, certainly doesn’t mean they’re easy!

At an elite level in sport the basics are essential. If a rugby player cannot pass the ball, his chances of success are poor. England Coach, Brian Ashton famously took the 2007 England Rugby team ‘back to basics’ after a losing streak, concentrating less on fancy plays and more on the foundations of the sport taught at every level. (Read more about that here.) It’s easy to know the basics in sport, but not so easy to spot the basics in business.

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Control Circles – how to move from a red to a blue head?

We’re all subject to periods of pressure; that feeling where life/work/exam challenges become too much and you can begin to feel quite overwhelmed. Whether you’re a global business leader, managing a sales team or a parent at home juggling priorities, we’re all subject to different levels and types of pressure. Being able to manage the resulting stress is as relevant to all situations. We’ve developed a tool that we call ‘The Control Circle’.

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How do you manage the difficult star performer?

As a Captain or Coach, one chief responsibility is guiding the team to meet goals, be it winning the game, reaching the summit or crossing the finish line. However, is it possible in a high-pressure sports situation to guide some individuals to shine whilst maintaining team cohesion?

The typical example of this would be the mollycoddled ‘star player’ who chooses to go for glory; the one that thinks a solo effort is more valuable than carefully planned team tactics. Do these players have a place in the team, or is it more complicated than that?

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To help keep those green shoots of recovery alive, excelling under pressure is key

The UK economy is definitely showing positive UK performance, indicating the green shoots of recovery are here to stay.

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Keeping on track when under pressure – the value of the Cross Check

At Gazing, we like to keep things simple, that’s why we use our Cross Check. If you think about it, cross checks are done in almost every critical performance area – from surgery through to planes take-offs. Cross checks are a simple concept, keep you on track and provide a quick way of double checking that you’ve covered all the critical requirements. When it comes to learning and retaining new skills, we believe our Cross Check is important as it provides value in establishing a new discipline to make sure people use what they’ve learning.

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The Gazing Principle – a constant to keep you performing well when under pressure

Why is it important to have constants which keep you on track in business? It’s easy to argue that businesses are operating in the most complex and high pressured environment ever. With the advent of the plethora of social media channels to reach audiences, the challenges of capturing data as to how customers want to be communicated with and how to do this in the most personalised and appropriate manner, the pressures are intense. Add this to one of the longest ever recessions which – although people are saying is out of the worst, most agree that it will be a while before we’re seeing green shoots everywhere.

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Breaking the Exam Pressure Trap – The ‘Screw Up Cascade’ Technique for Parents

Having worked with a number of high performing business leaders over a long period, we know they also want the best for their children and to help them become ‘high achievers’. They tell us how the methodologies we gave them for performing under pressure at work have been as useful within the home, especially when helping help their children cope and excel when under pressure. With exams on our doorstep, we thought it might be useful to share a few tips to help you break that exam pressure trap that so many kids seem to be facing these days.

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A Beginner’s Mind – are you still open to the concept of learning?

After a month full of tense play-offs in rugby and football, and a full line up of golf, tennis and cricket taking place this summer, it’s always an engaging topic of conversation to discuss the top performers and how they attain - and then retain – the winning edge. What is it that keeps them at the peak of their game? Here at Gazing, we believe that a key component of elite performance is having a beginner’s mind.

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One year on…has the Manchester United Pressure Trap Changed?

Just under one year on from when the world was buzzing with the news of Sir Alex Ferguson’s resignation and the appointment of Everton Football Club’s David Moyes to Manchester United FC, here we are again talking about the MUFC manager. I recall with interest the points I made in last year’s blog regarding our fears about the dramatic shift in levels of scrutiny and expectation that Moyes would come under (which you can read http://www.gazing.com/gazing-performance-systems-blog/football-club-pressure). Of course, hindsight is a great thing but it’s fair to say that the ‘Man U pressure trap’ was just that. It wasn’t possible to escape the scrutiny of a 24/7 fish bowl and let’s be honest, the job has subsequently become seen as the poisoned chalice, or the impossible job. However you prefer to describe it, it’s been a tough situation for anyone to deal with.

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The under-resourcing syndrome

Is this the prevalent barrier to making frontline managers true enablers of performance? 

If you ask business leaders or managers in most organisations, they have the common goal of wanting to create a high-performing business environment that is delivering against its strategic targets. It is certainly one of the most common conversations I have with businesses – how to ensure this is delivered. But identifying the needs of the key individuals capable of delivering this ‘performance’ is often not on their agenda; it certainly isn’t seen as a key component to create this environment. What continues to intrigue me is how so often, the least well-resourced and supported people in their business are the most critical enablers of performance - it’s what we call ‘the under-resourcing syndrome’….

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