Practice May NOT Make Perfect But You Will Improve

Allen Iverson Mentions Practice 22 Times in a Press Conference

Two things I’ve learned over the years that will allow you to be in the top 80% of whatever it is you choose to do. They are VERY simple to do. It comes down to showing up and practice (i.e. see Allen Iverson’s Practice Rant above)

First, it’s showing up. Today, most people don’t do something because they perceive it’s hard or “they don’t feel like it.” No one wants to show up all the time. You have to act in spite of how you feel. Sounds simple? It’s hard in practice.

Second, practice may not make perfect, but you will improve. I started running in 2017 after Thanksgiving. I never ran more than five miles ever. It’s not fun waking up at 4am several days of the week and early every single Saturday, while other people are sleeping and you could be too. Well I ran my first marathon, Chicago, in 3:40 minutes. It was much faster than I thought because my training was consistent and tough. I put in the miles and results paid off. The same thing happened in the my next marathons. In February I ran a 3:20 marathon, five months after my first one.

The same thing is when I first started coaching and doing workshops (like team building). You get better more you do. Sure, there are other factors that can significantly increase your growth, effectiveness, and success.

You learn more with every engagement and every time you do additional research.

You improve (even a tiny bit) each time you do something. Improvement is about very small changes over time (you think of that as a formula: Improvement = frequency x tiny changes

Marathon runner who’s been running for 10 years is probably better than someone running their first marathon. A seasoned business professional (CEO, CFO, CHRO) is probably better than someone in their first year working.

Great performers many times make it look easy. But they do because of endless, consistent practice.

Practice will make you much better than you were before. You may never be a master, a professional runner or New York Times Best Selling Author.

Practice and showing up really works. It will get you 80% of the way there.


In this episode, Tony Richards interviews Jason Treu, Executive Coach and Author of Social Wealth, on the importance of understanding your team members to create a high performing culture in your organization.

Segment 1: Tony Richards discusses the fear of being wrong with producer Bill Foster.

01:00 – Welcome to Better Than Before

03:30 – Fear of Being Wrong

Segment 2: Jason Treu, Executive Coach and Author, joins us as this week’s featured guest.

09:30 – Social Wealth

13:00 – Cards Against Mundanity

20:00 – Creating High-Performance Culture

23:30 – Leadership Blind spots

31:00 – Tony’s Lightning Leadership Questions

Segment 3: Leadership Lesson: How to Get Promoted

35:30 – Manager Response

40:00 – Path to Promotion In any organization, whatever we are doing is about the relationships that we have both internally and externally. The challenge is, people just don’t know how to build these relationships. – @jasontreu…  Click To Tweet

About the Guest

Jason Treu is an executive coach who helps executives, managers, and employees to maximize their leadership and management potential. He provides coaching, workshops, and speaking services. He is the best-selling author of Social Wealth, the how-to-guide on building extraordinary business relationships.

He was a featured speaker at 2017 TEDxWilmington for his talk on, “How to Get CoWorkers to Like Each Other.” His employee engagement and team building game, Cards Against Mundanity, has been played by more than 12000+ employees to increase performance and teamwork.

The Massive Yearly “Trust Tax” Companies Are Blindly Paying

cost of trust in organizations
cost of trust in organizations

We need to stop using traditional ways of looking at business value (efficiency, productivity) in order to understand the massive trust crisis. It’s a giant double-digit tax that keeps increasing and companies blindly keep paying. 

The “Trust Tax” costs anywhere from $4000-$10,000 per employee every single year. This is a conservative figure. How much per year is that costing your company?

Lack of trust in business is something we now take for granted, as a normal cost of doing business. It’s why the exceptions are so remarkable. They are the ones creating the biggest competitive advantage and having unparalleled success. 

“In Trust Across America’s most recent 2018 study of the trustworthiness of America’s largest public companies only 103 companies in the Russell 1000 scored a 70% or above (score 80% or more is highly unusual). The rest failed our test.” That’s really poor.

Any company can use trust to rocket their success with a few simple steps. But like in life, the simplest things are often the most overlooked. 

How big a check are cutting this year to pay for your “trust tax?” Think of what your company could use that money for?

Keynote Speaking at ASHRM on Building Great Teams & Maximizing Employee Engagement

Looking forward to being the keynote speaker at the Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management SHRM event in Lafayette, LA next week!

Quickly Maximize Performance, Engagement, Teamwork, and Problem-Solving

Think about the best team you’ve ever been on. The team that was the most collaborative, connected, and productive. How did it feel to be connected to something bigger and feel like you could accomplish anything? What if you could recreate that feeling, teamwork, and success on every team you were on? What if you could create it across your entire organization? 

What you just thought of is the most powerful business asset. It’s the foundation for a highly successful “people strategy.”

Teamwork is the number one “soft skill” every employee must master. It’s also the least understood skill.

In this interactive session, attendees will learn how to “dial in” to the right behaviors to maximize employee engagement, teamwork, and performance to make a significant impact in their organizations. They’ll also play the Cards Against Mundanity game (in small groups) so they’ll experience how these strategies will work for them along with building relationships with other attendees.

More than 20,000 employees have played Cards Against Mundanity in organizations such as Amazon, Southwest Airlines, Ernst & Young, Google, Gillette, Microsoft, Oracle, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Worldwide Express, CareHere, Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA team), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Novartis, Merck, Intel, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and many others. It’s been used in every size organization and every industry. 

Attendees will:

  • Learn the “secret” strategies to quickly maximize performance, engagement, teamwork, and problem-solving.
  • Discover how to build high levels of trust both internally and externally with third-parties to instantly create great working relationships and maximize productivity.
  • Receive the team building game, Cards Against Mundanity, that they can use in their organization, along with follow-up activities.
  • Walk away with 11 best practices on how to manage, interact and engage (up, down and across) much more effectively to maximize teamwork and reduce conflicts.

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