MENTAL TOUGHNESS IN LEADERSHIP
In these fast-paced, competitive times, leaders in every arena face adversity and setbacks that will test their commitment to their vision.
At the same time, there are tremendous opportunities for growth and innovation.
To take advantage of them, what you need more than anything — more than ability, intelligence or knowledge — is mental toughness.
Good question. Though it defies easy description, I see it as a broad umbrella of traits that you need to perform at your best in challenging circumstances. Mental toughness for today’s leaders goes beyond the image of our forefathers, meeting adversity with stoic determination and perseverance.
It includes characteristics like:
Whatever challenge you’re facing – making decisions under pressure, burnout, feeling unequipped – these experts translate cutting-edge science into practical steps you can take immediately to achieve breakthroughs in your life and in your business.
No exaggeration: A few hours of listening to these experts could have a disproportionate impact on your mindset and how you lead your team or company. Really, it only takes learning one key technique or practice for you to turn around your greatest mental challenge and:
Host: Renita Kalhorn
RENITA KALHORN has been a student of peak performance since beginning piano lessons at the age of five. By the age of 10, she was winning prizes in national competitions and performing with orchestra.
Today, Renita is a performance and business coach, and founder of Step Up Your Game Now. A Juilliard-trained pianist and martial arts black belt with an MBA from INSEAD, Renita helps entrepreneurs, executives and their teams excel in fast-paced, complex environments. Fluent in Japanese, Renita has delivered leadership and development programs in the U.S. and Asia for Fortune 500 clients such as Deutsche BAnk, Pfizer and Time Warner, as well as mental toughness training to executive teams and Navy SEAL candidates.
About the Speakers
STEVEN SNYDER, Ph.D., founder of Twin Cities-based Snyder Leadership Group, established his organizational consulting firm to provide a resource for organizations and their executives to advance their leadership capabilities and achieve greater success. An innovator in thought leadership, Snyder has developed the breakthrough concepts introduced in Leadership and the Art of Struggle, based on years of leadership studies, intensive research, and data derived from extensive interviews with real-world executives from major corporations. His advancements in the practice of leadership also derive from his own leadership experiences as an early leader at Microsoft where he worked closely with Bill Gates, as well as his experience as a CEO of a publicly held company.
LES MCKEOWN is the President & CEO of Predictable Success, a leading adviser on accelerated business growth. He has started more than 40 companies and was the founding partner of an incubation consulting company. Les is the author of the bestseller Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization On the Growth Track – and Keeping It There. His latest book is The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success.
WHITNEY JOHNSON is the co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors (Disruptive Innovation Fund), and author of “Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream” (Bibliomotion, 2012). A former Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side analyst on Wall Street, Johnson is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review, was recognized as a top ten business blogger by Marcus Buckingham, and is one of Inc Magazine‘s “12 People to Follow on Twitter in 2012.” She also serves as a senior advisor to the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, and is a TEDx speaker. When Johnson isn’t picking stocks, she’s taking stock in her dreams and encouraging others to invest in theirs, whether sitting on boards, keynoting industry conferences, or lecturing at Harvard Business School. Johnson likes investing in undervalued companies, but taking stock in people and their dreams is a thrill like no other.
DIANNE COLLINS is an original thinker and one of the foremost thought-leaders of our time. She is a master of translating ancient knowledge into “quantum” modern wisdom that provides a transformative platform for the way we conduct our business and personal affairs. Dianne is the creator and author of QuantumThink®, a new system of thinking that has us leap from the outdated “old world view” limits of the Industrial Age to begin thinking from the more accurate and up-to-date “new world view” of our current Quantum Age. Along with her husband and business partner, she consults visionary leaders and executives in the world’s leading corporations including Accenture, AT&T, CNN and Dupont as well as presenting QuantumThink® to entrepreneurs and students, homemakers and professionals, celebrities and evolutionaries worldwide.
“Where’s Your Focus: Small Shifts That Make a Big Difference”
Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of motivation. She is currently the Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia Business School. Heidi is also an expert blogger for 99u, Fast Company, WSJ.com, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today.
“How to Develop the Mental Toughness of a Super-Achiever”
Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield are a husband and wife team and co-authors of “The Art of Doing: How Super-Achievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well.”
Camille has known she wanted to be a writer since she was five years old. She’s written for The New York Times and other publications. She is a MacDowell Arts Colony Fellow and writes fiction in her spare time.
Josh has worked on farms and as a carpenter and cartoonist. He was the Art Director of New York Magazine. His illustrations and photos for major magazines, record companies and book publishers have won numerous awards. He has had several one-man shows of paintings in New York and Los Angeles and has art directed music videos and written and directed short films. For his latest fine art project, GIGI, The Black Flower, Josh was both author and creator of a critically acclaimed, multi-media archive of a fictional celebrity.
“Curiosity: The Secret Sauce in Mental Toughness”
Dr. Todd Kashdan is a clinical psychologist, professor of psychology at George Mason University, and author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life. He has been active in the positive psychology movement since 2000, when he taught one of the first college courses on the science of happiness. His research has been featured in several popular media outlets including a feature article in the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, PBS, National Public Radio, Oprah Magazine, and The Tavis Smiley Show, among others. Discover more about his book and writing and his research program.
“Mental Toughness: From the Battlefield to the Boardroom”
Navy SEAL combat veteran Brent Gleeson is the co-founder and CMO at Internet Marketing Inc., No. 185 on the 2012 Inc. 500. Like 40 percent of all SEALS, Gleeson is a Texan. He graduated from SMU and worked as a financial analyst for a year before entering the SEAL program. His SEAL class started with 250 men and ended with only 23, including Gleeson who was assigned to SEAL Team 5. He served five years as a SEAL with deployments to Iraq and Africa. Gleeson’s leadership approach is inspired by the unrivaled SEAL training and The Navy SEAL Creed.
“How To Create A Bulletproof Brain”
DAVE ASPREY is a Silicon Valley investor, computer security expert, and entrepreneur who spent 15 years and $250,000 to hack his own biology. He upgraded his brain by >20 IQ points, lowered his biological age and lost 100 pounds without exercise or counting calories.
“How One Start-Up Entrepreneur Stays Agile and Grounded When Moving at Hyper-Speed”
AMOS WINBUSH III is the CEO and founder of CyberSynchs, the world’s leading universal data transfer and synchronization company. Frustrated when his iPhone crashed, he turned a problem and a $250 investment into a universal synchronization company with global reach. Under 30, he is one of the youngest and brightest CEOs in the tech industry. Winbush directs his passion, energy and intellect into everything he does, including his dedication to education and improving the social condition. Understanding and devoted to providing technical tools and education in both rural and urban areas, he donates resources and technology to schools nationwide and speaks frequently to organizations that promote social change like the New York Urban League, Project Enterprise and others. He leads the CyberSynchs’ executive team on the path of high growth, revolutionizing the world of data synchronization for virtually any digital device.