If you’re a tennis geek like me you know who she is. 21. Rising US tennis star, in spite of a spate of injuries. Had a great 2015 and is having an equally fine 2016. Made it to the final in Rome, the round of 16 at the Paris Open, heading for Wimbledon.
Madison Keys has worked with 4 coaches within the span of a year. That’s a lot of coach-switching. She is thriving with her current coach, Thomas Hogstedt. What insight, you wonder, is Keys gaining from Hogstedt?
The biggest thing isn’t the confidence so much as just being calm on the court, Keys states in the Wall Street Journal (5/27/2016), and knowing that if things aren’t going perfectly I can figure it out. I don’t have to hit 70 winners in order to figure out how to win a match.
The C-Suite Coach in me grins from ear to ear. There are moments when a day at work can feel like a string of hard-hitting volleys, and a win doesn’t look like the sort of win we envisioned.
How DO we win when things aren’t going perfectly? Here’s the wisdom I gleam from Madison Keys.
A generation ago Kenneth Blanchard called this Situational Leadership. Let’s keep it simple. Be present. To circumstances. To your thoughts, your emotional response. Wanna win? Notice. Have the courage and skill to mix it up.
It works for Madison Keys. I have a hunch it will work for you and me.