EDGE3 Book Club – High Performing Habits

Got a High Performing Team? Here’s a great book to elevate their game.

As part of the leadership development package that we offer our clients we design workshops using the best personal development books on the market. It gives teams great new skills and it serves as a bonding experience to create greater team cohesion.

A team that learns together, grows together

The latest book that we have shared with our clients is High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard, who has been coaching high performers for over 20 years. He explores questions such as: “Why do some people accelerate their success more quickly and are able to sustain it over time? Why are some happier during the journey towards mastery? And what motivates them in the first place?

His findings? High Performance is not linked to a typical type of person, but rather to a specific group of habits—6 as a matter of fact. These are: Clarity, Energy, Necessity, Productivity, Influence, & Courage. Ongoing commitment to each of these habits drives performance and puts us in the right frame of mind to get there.

“Live. Love. Matter.” – Brendan Burchard

If you are asking yourself, “Where do I land in on the scale of High Performers?” go online and take the quiz @ HighPerformanceIndicator.com

Here are the HP6 and some context from the author:

  • Seek Clarity: “It’s about how you think about tomorrow and what you do to stayed connected with what matters today.”
  • Generate Energy: “To stay on your A game, you’ll need to actively care for your mental stamina, physical energy, and positive emotions in very specific ways.”
  • Raise Necessity: “It’s about always knowing your why and stoking that fire all the time so you feel the needed drive or pressure to get at it.”
  • Increase Productivity: “High performers are more productive and yet also happier, less stressed, and more rewarded over the long term.”
  • Develop Influence: “Influence is not about feeling like you are giving more than others; it’s about feeling like your efforts are making an impact.”
  • Demonstrate Courage: “Express your ideas, take bold actions, and stand up for yourself and others, even in the face of fear, uncertainty, threat or changing conditions.”

Reading these, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed. Our coaches can facilitate a workshop or provide you with a learning guide to help you and your team to focus on one habit a time and break it down into an action plan.

Here’s one final word of advice to high performers. Avoid falling into the “never enough” trap. Burchard reminds us to shift our focus from “How do I achieve more?” to “How would I like to live?”

Strive towards a bigger, bolder version of yourself, but let the joy of the journey
be part of the goal.



David Graham works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams. What skill would you like to develop with your team?


Journaling: How to Create Your Own Map for Success

Typically, when we meet with new clients, we provide journals and some thought provokers to help encourage the first step in the self-discovery process. In our EDGE3 blogs, I’ve talked about the journaling I do. I’ve found that not only does journaling help me get my thoughts out and to reflect on things, I also refer back to it for a variety of reasons: for inspiration, when goal setting, and to gain clarity or a shift in perspective. This makes my journal a helpful tool—a map of my thoughts, if you will.

So, how do you get started using a journal as a support tool for your success?

The first step is to pick a time during the day when you won’t feel rushed. It could be before bed or perhaps in the morning – whatever works for YOU.

Next, choose a comfortable location and surround yourself with some of your favourite things; a soft blanket, feel good music, maybe a great cup of coffee, tea or a glass of wine.

And now it’s time to dive in. If success is your focus, take a break from your “To Do” list, and take a look at your “What I’ve Done” list! Examine your what’s worked well in the past, and build on the momentum.

Here are some thought provokers to start your journey:

• What’s my version of success?
• Who are my heroes & role models?
• What are the traits that I admire in the people I respect the most?

• What personal traits make me proud?
• What was my proudest moment?
• What have my big achievements been to date?

• What skills have contributed to my success?
• Where have I been most successful?

• If failing weren’t a possibility, what would I do?
• Where do I want to be in 6 months? 1 year? 5 years?

• What’s holding me back?
• What do I need to let go of to move forward?

• What is one small step that I can take today?

Committing time to check in with yourself and to record your thoughts will help you to fine tune and focus toward the goals you set for yourself.

Need a hand with the process? We have a complimentary EDGE3 journal and a ½ hour coaching session for the first 10 people who contact us.

Happy Journaling!


David Graham works with good leaders who want to become spectacular leaders. He also works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams.


Celebrate the Team

Celebration is a building block for great teams. But many of the groups that I coach consistently tell me that they wish they took the opportunity to celebrate more often. High performing teams seem to be on to the next challenge before they’ve even had a chance to come up for air.

As leaders, it’s our job to hit the pause button…and crack the champagne!

Before you pop the cork, take the time to consider the specifics. Feedback lands best when you are able to call out who did what, identify how they did it, and speak to how it contributed to the overall success of the program.

Want even more bang for your bubbly? Ask the team what they are most proud of. Give them a chance to reflect on their individual accomplishments and to shout out praise for others. Most importantly, make sure that every voice is heard.

And here’s where the money is…without judgement or pointing a finger, ask the question, “If we could do it all over again, what would we do differently?”. When a team self-identifies where they can improve, it packs a greater punch and you don’t have to be the bad guy.

Now that you’ve pinpointed areas for growth and explored potential solutions, it’s a great time to bring in a coach for an action planning session. Did that sound like a shameless plug? Well, yes it totally was. I love teams; big teams, small teams, high performing teams, teams that are struggling to figure it out…

I believe that all teams have the capacity to be great, but let’s face it, stuff gets in the way. Let’s figure it out together and light the path for an amazing 2018.


David Graham works with good leaders who want to become spectacular leaders. He also works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams.


The Power of a Pause

I am often reminded of the power of taking a few moments to simply stop and breathe.

Recently, I completed a 21-day meditation challenge. Every day for 3 weeks, I woke up, fed the cats, put the coffee on and then sat in silence for 20 minutes. I was amazed at what it did for my patience, my creativity and the level of intention that I brought to my work. It also gave me a keen awareness of when I am not showing as my best self. I started noticing that the last few minutes before heading out to work, my mindfulness flew out the window in a flurry of activity of looking for my keys, packing my briefcase, all while balancing an extra-large coffee in hand.

And then I remembered a habit that one of my clients had adopted. Before he leaves in the morning, he sits on his couch quietly for just 5 minutes, drawing his attention to who he wants to be in the world. Not what he has to “do,” but who he wants to “be.”

Along that same line of thought, my partner, Justin, has developed an effective practice of meditating before he puts his car into drive. He starts the engine and as it warms up, he closes his eyes and takes 10 deep breaths, yep, about 60 seconds. As the car idles down and falls into a steady hum – so does he. I’ve noticed how this has affected his patience on the road and how much safer I feel in the passenger seat!

So, I thought that I would give it a try. I was surprised how often I’d say to myself, I don’t have time for that! I don’t have 60 seconds; I have to get to work! And then I would catch myself. What, I don’t have 60 secs? I don’t have 60 secs to centre myself to ensure that I bring my full awareness to driving?

The one thing that we share is the same 24 hours in a day. Time feels like it’s racing by, but we need to remind ourselves that time is passing at the same rate. It always has, and it always will. The only thing that changes is our perception of it. In every single moment, of every single day, we have a choice.

The greater awareness we bring to a moment, the more intentional we can be about how we are showing up in the world and how much presence we bring to our team, our friends and our loved ones.

What would a 60 second pause do for you?

If you were to take a pause, what time of day would be most valuable?

daveGrowing your business and juggling the countless demands on your time and energy? The EDGE3 Team can help. David Graham works with entrepreneurs to help them find that perfect balance.


Courage is leaning in

This past month I had a chance to revisit my acting days…

I was quickly reminded of the anxiety of the audition process; the nail-biting experience of call backs, the pressure of being in front of the camera, and getting the shot right. What I wasn’t expecting was sinking feeling of self-doubt, and the concern for what other’s may think when it hit the airwaves.

The negative self-talk was overwhelming, but a good reminder of what my clients must go through when I am coaching them: to embrace their fear and step out.

If you want to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, check out our blog below. Also, we’ve shared a great blog from Calm & Courageous that helps us understand more about the weight of negative thoughts and choosing to let go.

Courage is leaning in and accepting life’s challenges head on. Courage is letting go of what other people may think. So here we go, a 30 second commercial spot dedicated to each and every one of you who is living bravely, owning the moment, whatever it happens to be.

daveGrowing your business and juggling the countless demands on your time and energy? The EDGE3 Team can help. David Graham works with entrepreneurs to help them find that perfect balance.