We are honoured to welcome the St. Louis Cardinals’ Director of Mental Training, Dr. Jason Selk to PEO’s Innovation retreat. He is justifiably famous for helping the Cardinals reach the World Series in 2011 and again in 2013. In 2013, the series went to six games against the Boston Red Sox who had some strong historic motivation on their side to win.
Dr. Selk, a regular contributor to Forbes, ABC, CBS, ESPN, and NBC radio and television, has been featured in USA Today, CNBC, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, Shape, and Self magazines. Dr Selk’s second book, Executive Toughness, is a runaway best seller and his first, 10-Minute Toughness, is on pace to be one of the best-selling sport psychology books of all time.
As he tells his Cardinals superstars, part of leading differently is “through mental toughness — what needs to be done to overcome obstacles.” He describes this concept as, “The mind’s ability to stay focused on and execute solutions, especially in the face of adversity.”
As described in his books, a “Relentless Solution Focus (RSF) allows individuals to overcome all obstacles of achievement“ and is a “concrete and proven method of increasing individual health, happiness and success. Your organization will once and for all develop the collective positive mindset needed to outperform the competition.” He will show us how to use this tool at the conference.
He firmly believes innovation begins with the leader. “It has to be positioned at the beginning. If your leader is not driving winning aspiration, or is not a believer in setting up this kind of culture, it doesn’t matter what stories you hear.”
Leaders in the hot seat, he says, “drive change — drive to get it done.”
“There are four concepts I am seeing or hearing,” he told us in an exclusive interview:
- Vision and self image
- Relentless solution focus
- No excuse mentality
Dr. Selk says: “Relentless focus is the no excuse mentality. Stop thinking about innovation and winning. Rethink objectives and get one thing right.”
“Normally people focus on problems, that’s how are brains are wired. But minds can be trained to focus on solutions – relentlessly. That’s how winning happens.”
Dr. Selk has made a special journey to attend our conference, giving up part of his American Thanksgiving to share his ideas with us. After such a spectacular World Series, it promises to be something truly special.