As a leader, you want to stay cool in a crisis, but overthinking is still the classic way to choke—a way known all too well by professional athletes. You can go from being hamstrung by fear to being impelled by it, but it takes work.
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In 2008, Jason Bosch launched a business called Origin Fruit Direct. A native of South Africa, Bosch wanted to import fruit into China. Today, his company is thriving and has expanded its China operations. That’s partly because Bosch has adjusted his leadership and negotiating style to fit the Chinese culture.
When Doug Conant joined Campbell Soup Co. in 2001 as CEO, cheaper brands threatened the company’s future. Conant’s predecessor had raised prices, alienating many Campbell fans. Almost immediately, Conant detected a serious problem: morale.
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant believes you can count on “three fingers, maybe” the number of NBA players in the game now who burn with the same intensity he does. Identifying kindred spirits is a pastime of his.
Bruce Lee died in 1973 at age 32. In his short life, he thrived as an action film star, martial artist, screenwriter, movie director and philosopher. To operate at peak efficiency, Lee liked to “hack away at the unessential.”