What makes champions perform better than others?

Champions like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Michele Jordon, Usian Bolt, Stefi Graph, Michel Jordan, Serena Williams. Pele, Muhammad Ali, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna and many more accomplished people in other fields have some things in common. One of them is it is not just they become champions once they achieve results, they are much before, it is a function of who they are being.

It is not just their skills (doing) and experience (knowing) that determine how they perform but it is also a function of how the situation 'occurs' to them and who they are 'being 'at that moment. This workshop is based on the Ontological/phenomenological models. Ontology is a branch of philosophy interested in studying the nature of 'being' itself. It is also underpinned by the works of  Tim Galloway's - Inner Game of Tennis and Steve Zafforon's Three Laws of Performance. 

In this workshop, we will explore the mechanism to access the being and experience how we can significantly elevate the performance by shifting our ways of being. 

The inner game is based on our two selves, the first one (teller), which instructs, directs,  and judges continuously and the other 'self' obeys the first self, which is part of the un/subconscious mind. 

The Three Laws of Performance are:  

The First Law states: “How people perform correlates to how situations occur to them”. 

The Second Law states: “How a situation occurs, arises in language.”

The Third Law states: “Future-based language transforms how situations occur to people.”

Through language, we can influence our being.


Though these concepts might look theoretical they are backed by extensive research and application of these practices (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1681682) 

The Handbook for Teaching Leadership. Knowing, Doing, and Being. First Edition. Edited by: Scott Snook - Harvard Business School, USA

Snook, Scott, Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana, eds. The Handbook for Teaching Leadership: Knowing, Doing, and Being. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2012

In this workshop, using ontological and phenomenological models the participants can first-hand experience the concepts and figure out actions for breakthrough results inside their current situation.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Session Plan 

00-10  -- Welcome, check-in, permission, confidentiality and social contract. 

11- 25. -- Activity 1 Discussion around a real challenge. Participants will take a performance challenge that they are facing. It will be discussed with an ontological lens. Sharing by participants.

26-40. -- brief overview of Ontological/phenomenological models, soundness of the theoretical model and the current research (including at Harvard Business School).

41-60 -- deconstructing the initial challenge from an ontological perspective and observing the shifts in being as an experience. 

60- 85 Questions and Way- forward and practices (might include an optional mindfulness activity depending on the audience and "space" created) 

85-90 closing




Learning Outcome

1. Ability to distinguish the impediments that are causing performance challenges.

2. Creative ability to overcome the impediments using the power of context

3. Increased self-awareness and empathy for self and others 

Target Audience

Any professionals interested in understanding and improving performance. Leaders at all levels.

Prerequisites for Attendees

None but works well if you come with your growth mindset, by being open to trying out new ideas and concepts without judgements and bias. 

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