5 Statements You Never Hear From the Mouth of a Superstar Employee

Every company and organization has its superstars. That top 10 to 15 percent of the organization that are the workhorses, the engines of growth. The best. These are the people leaders love to have on their teams.  These superstars are the secret to the success of any company. They disproportionately drive results and deliver the famous “80 for 20” — 80 percent of the output coming from 20 percent of the people.

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Do You Have a ‘Sense for the Historic’?

Why did elite athletes like Michael Jordan and Manchester United keep winning over and over again? A study showed they had a ‘sense for the historic.’ Perhaps the greatest separator between the best, and the rest, is an individual’s grasp of the concept of “sense for the historic.” The concept originated in a 30-year-old study of the dynasty sports teams and sports individuals. Think of Michael Jordan. Bayern Munich. Manchester United. The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s. Why did they keep winning over and over again?

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How the Philippines Can Win Olympic Gold for the Bargain Price of P223,189

The Philippines sure loves sports, and enjoys a rich sporting legacy. From Paeng Nepumuceno becoming the first athlete to win world titles across four decades, to Manny Pacquiao becoming the first boxer to win world titles in eight weight classes, indeed the Philippines has left an indelible mark on the sports world. There is, however, one title that eludes the country — a global “badge of honor” among nations — and that is the ever-elusive Olympic gold medal. The Philippines shares this uncomfortable crown with Bangladesh as the two largest countries in the world (in terms of population) to not have won an Olympic gold. It’s a crown we eagerly wait to toss into the trash bin!

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Thank you, Charlie Fredrick

I really feel a certain kinship with sports lovers — people who love a given sport or particular team. I get it. I have loved track and field my whole life. I loved to run. I loved to go to a track meet and follow all the varied events going on at once. To watch a shot-putter one moment, a pole vaulter the next, followed by a race on the track! For me, a perfect weekend was going to a track meet! I ran competitively all the way through high school. I was an average runner who became good by being the hardest worker. Nobody ever accused me of having much talent. No, the genes were not on my side!

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Departing with Dignity and Grace

There is a famous line in the film Invincible, when the wife of one of the main characters reminds her husband of a time-tested principle: “Character is tested when you’re up against it.” In other words, true character is exposed when a person is in the toughest of situations. And one of the toughest situations anyone can go through in their career is departing an organization, in particular when the departure is forced upon us, either by downsizing, restructuring, or outright termination. These are the situations when true character is brought to light. These are also situations in which one’s legacy is cemented in the eyes of everyone they ever worked with. How do they go out, with dignity? Or classless and vengeful and looking like petty and immature individuals?

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