Volume 1, Issue 6
A Note from Rayona: Introducing Leading by Context™
1) Coaches Column – Improving Performance – by Rayona Sharpnack
When I think of improving performance I reflect on my decades of training as an amateur and professional athlete.
It starts with a commitment to be better at a goal such as to win the Softball World Series or to increase my best performance by 50%. Learning and improving performance requires an uncompromising commitment to achieve a goal.
The next step is learning. Find information and resources that educate in how to improve performance.
Then comes practicing, not just a little bit but day after day, week after week, month after month. There is no replacement for practice.
The natural and INEVITABLE outcome of practice is failing. Failing is what teaches us success.
After failing, comes the need for coaching. A coach partners with us in our commitment in many ways. Sometimes it is calling a ‘time out.’ Sometimes it is asking a question that enables us to see what couldn’t be seen a moment earlier.
After the coaching comes more practice, yes, MORE practice. The learning cycle continues until we take the ‘big nap’!
Steps to improving performance prior to ‘the big nap!’
2) A note from Rayona – Leading by Context™
During the past several months we’ve been engaged in applying the principles and skills from the Women Leading Change program in other, more widespread applications. It is now apparent that we need to have a name for the type of work we do and advocate in our programs. We’re officially trademarking Leading by Context™.