BRAIN FOOD: It just might work - Sporting chance

BRAIN FOOD: It just might work - Sporting chance - To improve your management performance, be a sport. It's not just ace athletes who should turn to sports psychologists for help - one shrink claims 'business people face greater demands than anything in s

To improve your management performance, be a sport. It's not just ace athletes who should turn to sports psychologists for help - one shrink claims 'business people face greater demands than anything in sports'.

Baseball specialist Harvey Dorfman advises managers not to be afraid of fear. What's wrong is 'fearful behaviour', so 'act out the right stuff when you're afraid or have doubts'. Golf guru Deborah Graham argues against 'worrying about the results'; concentrate on the 'shot-by-shot flow', let outcomes look after themselves. Another baseball shrink, Fran Pirozzolo, says keep your 'self-talk' or inner monologue 'positive and forward-looking', not 'stuck in the past, magnifying faults and replaying failures'. Sporting savants are right. Management really is all in the mind.

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