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Brief Description - PSP Athlete Module


The foundations of being an Athlete are about being professional in how you come across and in everything you do, how well you plan and prepare, your time management and the way you build relationships which will affect your ability to influence people

The prime focus for professional services has always been the ability for an individual to be technically strong. The challenge is that the way you come across and the quality of what you do is equally important; so blending both skills is a real differentiator. People are hiring people that have the right attitude and fit in well, sometimes over ability, but the two together make for a well-rounded individual

The following sections from the reference books are discussed in detail during the course:

How to win friends and influence people

  • Essentials of engagement:
  • Six ways to make a lasting impression:
  • Ways to merit and maintain others’ trust:
  • Ways to Lead Change Without Resistance or Resentment


Seven habits of highly effective people

Introductory subjects on habits


  • Difference between Character and Personality Ethics
  • Impact of a paradigm on attitude and behaviour
  • Difference between principles, practices and values
  • Interaction of knowledge, skill and desire that creates habits
  • Maturity Continuum, from dependence to independence to interdependence, and how the habits move a person along the continuum


Specific subjects on the seven habits:


  • Purpose of Habit 1, Be Proactive, within the Seven Habits Paradigm:
  • Purpose of Habit 2, Begin with the end in mind, within the Seven Habits Paradigm:
  • Purpose of Habit 3, Put first things first, within the Seven Habits Paradigm:
    • Six major deposits within the Emotional Bank Account:
  • Purpose of Habit 4, Think win/win, within the Seven Habits Paradigm:
  • Purpose of Habit 5, Seek first to understand - then be understood, within the Seven Habits Paradigm:
  • Purpose of Habit 6, Synergize, within the Seven Habits Paradigm:
  • Purpose of Habit 7, Sharpen the saw, within the Seven Habits Paradigm:


Productivity Ninja

  • Key characteristics of a Productivity Ninja:
  • Symptoms of stress, stress triggers, and how to overcome them
  • Finite currency of ‘attention’, the three different types, and its impact on productivity:
  • Four ways to manage attention:
    Schedule work based on level of attention, Protect your attention from distractions, Improve your attention by increasing brain performance, Create new ‘pockets of attention’
  • Four stages of getting your email inbox to zero
  • Four key habits that make up the CORD productivity model: Capture and Collect, Organize, Review, Do
  • Four stages of competence required to develop and change productivity habits
  • Impact of
    # Pareto’s law
    # Parkinson’s law
    # Hofstadter’s law                     on productivity
  • Five-milestones model of projects
  • Attention tension between listening and doing
  • 40-20-40 continuum for meeting success
  • Positive momentum habits
  • Impact of perfection on positive momentum


Key Habits of the CORD Productivity Model






Recommended Reading


















Methods of presentation

For best and lasting impact, this course should be delivered in the classroom format because there are exercises and group dynamics that bring added value to the reference material.  The Workbook contains valuable insight into how best to interpret elements of the reference books.  Delegates also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers immediately.  Two standard methods of delivery are offered:

  1. For delegates with limited “prime time” availability

For this delivery method, the course syllabus will be split up into say 4-hour weekly time slots

  1. For delegates who can afford to be away from office for a full day

A course launch will require a 3-hour workshop to set the ground rules and make self-reading suggestions.

The following programme will then be followed:




Day 1


Days 2


Day 3



3-hour launch


First key area


Second key area


Third key area





  1. Delivery arrangements can be made for specific customer circumstances

Important observation

The three reference books used during the Athlete Foundation course are well known books and could possibly have been read casually by delegates considering attending this course.  Those considering the course could think that they should pass this course by because they have “heard” about the books.  This will be most unwise.

The reference books have become classics because of their positive change they bring to many people’s lives.  To achieve this positive change, the reference books need to be understood, digested and the positive changes in behaviour allowed to become OUTCOMES as the changes are put into practice.  The purpose of the one hour exam at the end of the course is to confirm that the delegates DO understand the key benefits that can be derived.  Ideally, there should be follow-up workshops where the content of this course is refreshed and higher levels of application planned and achieved.  The Athlete Practitioner course is the follow on course for this foundation course and should serve as a step-up course for the professional striving for an even higher level of excellence.

A third Athlete Professional course will bring the delegate into an even higher level of professionalism.