Team Performance: What makes some teams gel and others crumble?

July 24, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Kristy Wanner

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Episode Description

Whether you're a leader or a team member, you're going to want to tune in to this week's show…. as we explore group dynamics/psychology to uncover the elements needed to create a high performance work team. Is it all about talent? Is competition a useful motivator? Are emotions contagious? These are just a couple questions we'll tackle on the show this week. Be sure to listen live, so you call in and share your experience/strategies on building a great team! Also, if you have a question or comment about the show, please email me at thementalgameoflife@gmail.com.

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Performance is not just for Olympic athletes, NBA stars and Oscar nominees. It's a phenomena we all engage in every single day to some capacity or another, whether it is a parent demonstrating a skill to a child, an employee giving a critical presentation to key stakeholders, an amateur golfer out for a round or a musician playing in a café. There are underlying commonalities related to producing great results in all areas of our lives which are linked to how we think, how we feel and how we interact with our environment.

This show will provide insight, inspiration and guidance to help move you to take conscious action in creating new behaviors and outcomes in your life. Along with guest experts, Dr. Kristy offers a unique perspective, bringing knowledge from the field of sport, business and psychology together and applies them to our performances in everyday life.

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Dr. Kristy Wanner

Dr. Kristy Wanner

Dr. Kristy Wanner brings extensive knowledge in health and psychology to organizations. She is an expert in human motivation and performance whose specialty is applying sport psychology and neuroscience principles to enhance workplace performance, facilitate sustainable change and drive business excellence. She is passionate about helping people create positive work environments and manage stress and energy levels for optimal productivity, decision-making and creativity. She has experience as a coach and consultant in a variety of industries including Hospitality, Pharmaceuticals, Non-profits, Healthcare, Advocacy and Education.

Prior to jumping into the business world, Kristy worked as a professional counselor and sport psychology consultant for over five years and is a known thought leader in the field of addiction. She has been an invited speaker and consultant for the NCAA, where her work focused primarily on well-being and leadership development. As an elite athlete for over 15 years and an athletic coach for over eight, she brings elements of her experience in coaching, counseling and consulting to every project and excels at helping organizations solve business challenges so they can grow, innovate and thrive in today’s global market. Kristy holds a PhD. in Health with an emphasis in Organizational Analysis and Change and a master’s degree in counseling psychology; specializing in sport.

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Episode Directory

July 2017

  • 7/31/2017: Extraordinary Leadership and Extraordinary Performance: What Does it Take? Listen Now
  • 7/24/2017: Team Performance: What makes some teams gel and others crumble? Listen Now
  • 7/3/2017: Corporate Athlete - Part 2: Using rhythm, consistency and accountability for high performance! Listen Now

June 2017

May 2017

Dr. David Botsford, PsyD, MS, CC-AASP


Dr. David C. Botsford is a clinical and sport psychologist at University of California Santa Barbara. Working in the athletic department as well as the counseling center, he provides clinical and performance psychology services to UCSB student athletes. Dr. Botsford is also a member of Clinical and Sport Consulting Services, a group practice specializing in performance psychology. Dr.Botsford works with numerous athletes and coaches from youth to elite levels, helping to make competitive performance more consistent, efficient, and successful. Dr. Botsford’s approach to understanding and developing effective strategies to manage common psychological challenges in sport has proven essential for the competitive success of many athletes. Dr. Dave is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. His specialty areas include: Performance Psychology, Leadership, Mental Toughness, Building Confidence,Coping with Injury, Performance Anxiety View Guest page

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Richard A. Cross


Richard A. Cross is currently a professor, an empowerment speaker, coach and author as well as the founder of Energize Your Thoughts. As a young boy, Richard had very little; he slept on old clothes instead of a mattress and was often told he wouldn’t amount to much in life. He proved those critics wrong and as a young man became a successful athlete and police officer. Amidst the challenges he faced early on, his desire was and is, to help and teach people how to overcome adversity in order to achieve what they once deemed impossible. Richard now works with individuals and groups to recapture their focus on how to achieve their life and/or career goals in easily doable steps with the right perspective and strong desire to succeed. Through inspirational, motivational mentoring, speaking engagements and one-on-one coaching, Richard provides services to help people realize their greatest potential. View Guest page

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Travis Dommert


Travis is a Performance Specialist and the co-founder of Irunurun.com; a habit transformation app. For over 6 years he studied and analyzed habits of great athletes and military and as well as thousands of corporate professionals. Using basic psychology principles and technology he has helped the world's top employers and their people elevate their focus, consistency and accountability so they can live a high performance life. Two years ago he took this knowledge internal and became the president of a division of Jackson Healthcare which was rated Atlanta's #1 best place to work for the 3rd consecutive year. Travis is passionate about helping people achieve more joy, fulfillment and success in their lives. View Guest page

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Sally McGhee


In 2003, Sally McGhee founded McGhee Productivity Solutions, Inc. (MPS) to help individuals, teams and organizations become more productive. She is an international speaker, author, consultant and a pioneer in productivity. As a recognized thought leader and innovator in the field of productivity management, Sally brings 37+ years of expertise to her clients' challenges including insights toward building stronger teams, increased profits, and ways to implement (and maintain) strategic culture change. The programs she has developed for Fortune 500 companies which include - Take Back Your Life! Strategic Team Planning and Team Productivity Program - have resulted in quantifiable results in long-term sustainable productivity, employee retention, and increased profitability. Sally prides herself in giving Fortune 500 company employees an average of 10 hours back to their schedule each week - all while being more productive than ever. View Guest page

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Laurie Oswald


Laurie Oswald brings her passion for helping people and businesses reach their potential to her role as CEO for Best Year Yet®. She has extensive experience in international sales and marketing, including work with numerous Fortune 500 clients, developing high-performing individuals and teams, creating and cascading strategic plans and accountability programs, and launching new programs and products.
A true believer in the power of Why to power successful and meaningful strategies, Laurie is our visionary – seeing both the possibilities and the courses to proceed as she leads Best Year Yet® into its new incarnation. Her leadership style is one of empowerment, partnership and professional development, a style she takes directly into her work with clients and partners out in the world. View Guest page

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Steven Terry


Steven facilitates one-on-one, keynote and full-day sessions, as well as strategic consulting engagements with a focus on process, technology and behavior. Individuals, teams and organizations leverage the values of Clarity, Energy, Productivity, Innovation and Service through his Hero Acts Company offerings. This creates better working environments, extraordinary results and more fulfilling lives. He has refined the ability to inspire, influence and create practical solutions. Steven has facilitated over 1600 in-person and remote programs in over 50 countries around the world for many Fortune 500 companies and is also a facilitator for Thrive Global.
Thrive Global’s mission is to end the epidemic of stress and burnout by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Thrive Global is committed to accelerating the culture shift that allows people to reclaim their lives and move from surviving to thriving. View Guest page

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Jack Zenger


John H. “Jack” Zenger is the Co-founder and CEO of Zenger Folkman, a professional services firm providing consulting and leadership development programs for organizational effectiveness initiatives. With more than five decades of experience, Jack is considered a world expert in the field of leadership development and organizational behavior. He is a highly esteemed and influential speaker, consultant, and executive coach with the ability to connect with audiences through compelling research and inspiring stories.
Jack has authored or co-authored 50 articles on leadership, productivity, e-learning, training, and measurement and is a national columnist for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. He is the co-author of seven books on leadership: the best-seller 'Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders' and 'Results-Based Leadership' which was voted best business book in 2000. Jack was also named 'Top Leader of the Year' by Hr.com in 2014. View Guest page

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