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Need to Know About Elite Performers
Between 1987 and 1996 my team conducted an analysis
of over 15,000 elite performers throughout North America.
Over 200 professional groups and vocations were analyzed.
(Elite performers were defined as those in the top 5% of
As our research data came in, and we did the proverbial
“number crunching”, a distinct pattern began to develop. No
matter where we tested our elite performers, no matter what
industry they were in, or what profession they represented,
there was a consistent, and common cluster of 6 common
performance strengths that emerged. Of the 15,000 elite
performers that we assessed, we did not find one exception!
Furthermore, there was a specific and predictable range of
strength possessed in each area. For instance, one area was
Self-Control. All elite performers, on a scale of 1-10, fell
within a predictable range of 6-8.
While they may not necessarily be high-I.Q.
individuals, they all tend to be high-average, and their
reasoning abilities are sharp and clear. The issue here,
when working with your clients, is to evaluate their clarity
of thought, and level of focus. It is not so much “how much
you have”, in terms of intelligence, but is your client
using, to the best of his/her ability, what he in fact has.
Elite performers tend to be confident, persuasive, and
display a higher than average level of energy. Complementary
to this, is a natural “Social Boldness”, which allows them
to venture out, where others may tend to hesitate.
Critical to success, is the ability to persevere during
difficult times, and the ability to “get up off of the
floor” after major setbacks. This emotional resilience
relates to overall emotional integration and the ability
to“get it together” emotionally. Of interest to coaches and
consultants, is that regular cardiovascular exercise
elevates emotional resilience, typically within three months
of starting a program of exercise.
It is often taught, especially among motivational speakers,
that self discipline or self control leads to frustration,
and that good habits are to be preferred. On the contrary,
elite performers are all high in the area of self control.
They plan their activities carefully, follow their detailed
plan, and display exceptional impulse control.
It is often said that “Business is Relationships”. This is
especially true of elite performers. While they aren’t all
“people people”, they are all approachable, and show a
genuine interest in others. They are not soft, however, and
are not reserved in speaking their mind. They do connect
well with others, and contrary to popular belief, hold their
friendships for long periods of time.
Elite performers know how to take their ideas and make them
practical. Included in this strength, is the willingness to
try new ideas and approaches, and the ability to let go of
that which is not working out. This is not to be confused
with pragmatism, as we found that elite performers tend to
work from a personal belief and value system, to which they
All six strengths must be present: five out of six won’t do
it. When all six are present we have an elite performance
mindset. This mindset is a particular way of thinking,
processing, and behaving that produces a balanced mind,
clarity of vision, and high-end results. And yes, an Elite
Performance mindset can be identified and developed.
About the author: Dr. Ray Metcalfe is an elite performer
researcher, consultant and speaking. He is currently rolling
out the Elite Performer Selection Report, designed to assist
coaches who want to develop maximum performance with their
clients. Ray can be reached at
Yesterday as I
was driving home from the supermarket, winding my way
through the hills listening to Jose Gonzales’ haunting voice
and guitar chords, I felt more at peace than I have for
months. I’d finally allowed myself to envision our summer
holidays in Greece – far away from IAC certification,
recorded sessions, triads, teleclasses, marketing emails and
My kids hate
shopping for clothes, so into the supermarket trolley
alongside the broccoli and bananas went bargain T shirts,
suntan cream, mosquito spray, antiseptic wipes, books and
some beaded, jewelled sandals for my daughter, who’s caught
in the tweenage years between pretty pastels and peer
pressure. I even surprised myself and bought a black and
white polkadot dress – with frills.
contemplated some crime thrillers to read on the balcony in
those peaceful hours when the children are asleep and the
crickets are singing, I remembered in amazement how I’d
studied coaching every day of our holidays in Greece last
year. It’s been a roller coaster of a year.
I thought back
to the past few frazzled weeks of unsuccessful recordings,
studying, buddy coaching, email correspondence, doing
critiques and writing feedback. I’d burned meals, fed the
kids junk food, watched the house get grubby and struggled
to remember all of their after school arrangements. My days
grew wearier and I looked on sadly as my husband kept the
family together while I drank too much coffee at my
The day in
late May when I stunned my Sensible Self and recklessly sent
in the only two recorded coaching sessions I’d done
unselfconsciously, I bought myself ninety days of peace.
Ninety days of enjoying my children. Time to relax in our
garden and take trips to haunted Scottish castles and dark
lochs; time to make memories in the local park; time to fall
over in turquoise waves and drink Greek coffee in seafront
cafes. Ninety days of salads and wine, jasmine scented
evenings and candles.
What I realize
now is: My 人生 the session I want to get a passing
score for and when I’m not grounded in my daily rituals, the
simple, joyful details of my life – a jug of freesias on a
scrubbed wooden table, a hearty meal served on a mismatched
collection of crockery, a new book, a furtive kiss on a
teddy bear’s nose as I make beds – my intuition withers and
I struggle to create anything at all. Bad news for a coach,
especially one who loves to write.
from the supermarket, windows down, savouring the smell of
drenched earth in the rain, I turned up the music and
decided pass or fail, I’d wear my polkadot dress on the day
I get my exam results back.
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