We talk a lot on Belle Curve Podcast about developing inner qualities like resilience, authenticity, and growth mindsets. And for many of us, 2020 continues to be a year of uncertainty and challenges related to COVID-19. 

In this episode, we talk to two guests who draw upon backgrounds in psychology, counseling, military service, business, academia, and athletics to share secrets about high performance under mental and emotional pressure and help us understand:

  • The mental and emotional skills we most need right now to thrive as parents, as spouses, as co-workers, as leaders, and as human beings.
  • The easy-to-do high performance skills we already have but don’t always use.
  • Why sometimes the highest performers don’t seem that way at first.
  • How to find “a way forward” during exceptionally hard times.
  • The basic questions to ask if you want to grow your capacity.
  • What you can do as a parent to influence your children’s future mindsets.
  •  The greatest way to impact others and your environment.
  • The three ways organizations reacted to COVID-19 and why some thrived.
  • How gratitude, appreciation, and showing care impacts performance.
  • The ONE quality that separates the good from the great. 

Our guests:

Joe Ross, Ph.D is the founder and president of HigherEchelon, Inc. – an organizational performance consulting firm serving major government and commercial clients. He helps leaders and organizations understand & develop the mental and emotional skills that lead to high performance and developed the Resilient & Adaptable Leader methodology. He has consulted with Fortune 100 companies, college and professional sports teams, top tier universities, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense among many others. He’s a United States Military Academy at West Point graduate where he was co-captain of the Army football team and later served on the coaching staff. He served our country as an Infantry Officer, leading soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division and deploying to Kosovo in 2001. 

You can read more about Joe here

Steve Spaulding is the Director of Business Development at HigherEchelon and has 25 years of human behavior, leadership, coaching and development experience. He graduated in the top 20 percent of his class at West Point with a degree in Systems Engineering and Human Factors Engineering where he also played Varsity football. He holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Antioch University New England. As an Airborne Ranger qualified armor officer, he deployed with the 1st Cav to Iraq in an escalating security effort. He has served many years mentoring, coaching, and training college students in faith-based non-profit organizations in Texas and at Dartmouth College. He worked as the Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership at Dartmouth and built out what became Dartmouth Peak Performance. His leadership coaching made significant direct contributions to 7 Ivy League titles and a summer program known as DRIVE that was recognized as the leading experiential leadership program at the college and continues at Dartmouth. 

For more insights and secrets about human performance psychology and how that works in organizations and in life:

Read HigherEchelon recent articles 

— Connect with HEon LinkedIn and Facebook 

— Listen to HE’s podcast “Coaching Through Stories” hosted by HigherEchelon Executive Coach Dr. Eric Bean. 

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