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What are the odds that a 3rd, 4th, 8th and 11th seed would all make to the Final Four?  It was a long shot for sure!  Congratulations to Butler, UConn, VCU and Kentucky as 2011’s NCAA Final Four! Over 5.2 Million people submitted their brackets online and not a single person got it right.

Here’s a sure bet.  Invest in your people.  According to ASTD,  The chance for ongoing development, is one of the top five factors employees want to experience at work. In fact, the inability of an employee to see progress in this area is an often cited reason for leaving an employer.

Working with the Coaching Authority is a sure-fire way of getting your employees world class leadership training and development.  A performance coach can help you develop your leadership bench strength – and raising the leadership quotient in your organization leads to improved results.  Patrick Frazier, CBC, is the performance coach that can help you get results and build a long-term competitive advantage.  Don’t delay. Call Patrick Frazier at the Coaching Authority today!

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The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a study on deferred gratification. The experiment was conducted in 1972 by psychologist Walter Mischel of Stanford University. In the study, a marshmallow was offered to each child. If the child could resist eating the marshmallow, he was promised two instead of one. The scientists analyzed how long each child resisted the temptation of eating the marshmallow, and whether or not doing so had an effect on their future success.

The purpose of the original study was to understand when the control of deferred gratification, the ability to wait in order to obtain something that one wants, develops in children. The experiment took place using children around the age of four to six as subjects. The children were led into a room, empty of distractions, where a treat of their choice (Oreo cookie, marshmallow, or pretzel stick) was placed on a table, by a chair. The children could eat the marshmallow, the researchers said, but if they waited for fifteen minutes without giving in to the temptation, they would be rewarded with a second marshmallow.

While a few children would eat the marshmallow immediately, only one third of the children could defer gratification long enough to get the second marshmallow.  Deferred gratification, self control and self-discipline are essential attributes for success.    

What are the marshmallows in your life?  What are your dreams and goals? What are the things in your life that are worth waiting for?

What things seem to tempt you most? What things have derailed you from achieving your goal? What things have you wished you would have waited for?

I wonder what the results of the test might have been if the subjects had a coach in their corner. Someone to encourage…Someone to hold them accountable….Someone to keep them focused on task…..Come on, you can do it!  Only a couple more minutes…It will be worth it…you can do it….Stay away from the temptation….Remember, the ROI!  Stay the course…hold it steady…

Got a coach?  Get one!  A performance coach can help you bring people and process into alignment with strategy and help you develop the leadership potential within your organization.  Raising the leadership quotient in your organization leads to improved results.  Patrick Frazier, CBC, is the performance coach that can help you raise the bar and lift your team to greater heights.  The Coaching Authority is the place to go for help….which by the way, in the last 5 years, we have helped over 25 different companies in our community get quick results and build a long-term competitive advantage.  Don’t delay. Call Patrick Frazier at the Coaching Authority today!

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