Peak Performance Coaching

Peak Performance addresses negative or blocking beliefs that limit performance and prevent people from advancing their careers. Peak Performance uses one of the most well-researched psychological techniques for shifting troubling emotions and thoughts that result from negative past experience.

The brain records past experience, related emotions and blocking beliefs. Neural pathways in the brain link various aspects of emotionally charged memories, such as images, sounds, thoughts, emotions and bodily reactions. Because present day experiences can trigger these neural pathways, powerful experiences from the past continue to color our perceptions of and reactions to current situations. The impact is often limiting and negative. For some it can even be overwhelming and debilitating at times.

While Peak Performance does not change the memory of the event it allows you to reprocess that memory. As a result, negative thoughts are diminished and you begin to develop neutral or even positive thoughts about your role in the event. Likewise emotions begin to shift, becoming less intense, neutral or even pleasant. New neural pathways are established so that current situations trigger more positive thoughts and emotions.

One client’s story:

Dave was a successful mid-level manager. He got things done. His strong tendency to micromanage, however, limited his career. He was not seen as a leader who could inspire people to achieve. His micromanagement also caused the following problems.

  • Direct reports held back information because they knew that bad news would bring increased tension and micromanagement. As a result Dave did not have a well-rounded picture of the health of the business or of critical situations. He was putting out fires constantly.
  • The general atmosphere around Dave was very tense and people did not like being in the office with him. People did what he told them to do and no more than that.
  • Dave worked more than 12 hours per day, and his direct reports constantly complained about 3:00 A.M. emails they received from him. They felt compelled to respond by working similar hours and resented it.
  • Direct reports relied on Dave to manage them and their projects by sending reminders. They were not developing their own capabilities.
  • Dave became ill from exhaustion and was out of work for several months.

These problems were identified during the assessment phase of coaching. Dave stated that he was very driven. While the drive to achieve is a positive attribute, Dave felt that he was driven to avoid the negative. All his life he had felt that there was a “monster” lurking over his shoulder waiting for him to do something wrong. This was the source of his micromanagement.

During Peak Performance Dave identified critical incidents from his past where the “monster” (someone real in his life) had a very strong presence. By addressing these specific memories, Dave shifted his relationship to the monster. The monster became tiny in his revised visual image. Dave’s thoughts about himself shifted from the young child who was terrified by the monster to his adult self who had the strength and courage to tell the monster to go away.

Within three months Dave’s direct reports reported a 70% improvement in Dave’s ability to manage them as individuals versus micromanaging their tasks and projects. Dave’s coaching work shifted to develop the qualities and tools of an inspirational leader. A Senior Vice President also engaged Dave to lead the company’s senior staff to develop a compelling vision for the company. Dave is currently being groomed for a key senior leadership role in the company and is developing his international experience.