Peak Performance Under Pressure: How to Achieve Extraordinary Results Under Difficult Circumstances
Former TOPGUN instructor, Navy Ace, and award-winning commercial real estate salesman Bill Driscoll offers business leaders results-proven principles ... Show synopsis Former TOPGUN instructor, Navy Ace, and award-winning commercial real estate salesman Bill Driscoll offers business leaders results-proven principles to compete in the fast-paced, global enterprise that is today's business world. For Peak Performance Under Pressure: How to Achieve Extraordinary Results Under the Most Difficult Circumstances, he interviewed more than 200 senior executives and 26 Aces to show readers how to make critical decisions under intense pressure; build strong, dedicated teams; maintain steadfast focus on their mission; and model the integrity and constancy they expect from their staffs while facing rapidly changing problems. In Peak Performance Under Pressure, Driscoll uses the following six-element formula to keep leaders winning while tackling the most high-pressure conditions: Planning + Preparation + Focus + Assessment + Improvement + Self-Discipline = Peak Performance These six tools helped Driscoll keep his head and make split-second decisions through 170 combat missions, 5,200 jet dogfights, and 510 aircraft carrier landings as an Ace fighter pilot. Chapter 1 outlines each of the six elements in the Peak Performance Formula, how that formula enables Ace fighter pilots to win no matter what and how their methods can work for business leaders. This chapter's assessment enables the reader to quickly identify his or her own peak performance challenges. In chapter 2, the reader learns essential techniques for creating winning plans, including a targeted overview of the three must-have elements in any successful business plan, and a logical four-step approach to using a daily action plan to accomplish strategic, operational, and tactical goals. Chapter 3 outlines some concrete steps for mastering the five levels of essential preparation for both team and personal success and for building the kind of physical, emotional, and psychological readiness that will help the reader overcome his or her biggest challenges and toughest competition in any arena. Chapter 4 takes a close look at the Aces' techniques for developing and maintaining laser-beam focus and attention to detail, and it offers a simple, three-step process for adopting those techniques to boost personal and team performance. In chapter 5, the reader learns why ongoing assessment is essential to attaining peak performance, some easy-to-follow methods for assessing performance and that of a team, and how to infuse an organization with the kind of essential accountability necessary to establish standards of excellence, gain customer trust, and improve outcomes in every aspect of the operation. Chapter 6 offers specific tools and techniques for making ongoing improvements in the reader's personal, team, and organizational performance. From improving self-discipline to acing key leadership skills, building confidence, and expanding one's sphere of influence, the skills learned in this chapter help the reader become a more effective decision maker, in any environment and under any level of pressure. Chapter 7 pulls together the "training program," as it outlines how the reader's ability to consistently adhere to the Peak Performance Formula enables him or her to face down some of the most common workplace ambushes and respond expertly to any rapidly evolving challenge. Here, the reader learns some simple principles for integrating the ideas and practices gained in the book into a never-fail plan for surviving and thriving both personally and professionally.