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Breaking point: Creating high performance culture without cracking

Jeremy Snape considers the lessons we can learn from the world of sport in creating a high performance culture while preventing your team from cracking

4 February 2016

Everyone has a psychological breaking point. I met mine as an England Cricketer in front of 120,000 screaming fans at Eden Gardens, Calcutta. England were calling out for a hero as the high pressure run chase reached its climax. Amid the noise, I ran out Freddie Flintoff and my brain suddenly switched to panic mode which ended with me playing a high risk shot and us losing the game.

This moment changed my life in a number of ways. Thankfully, I did play for England again and it fueled my motivation to study an MSc in sport psychology to help leaders and teams in business and sport to perform at their best under pressure.

Whether you are an athlete or a lawyer, every single one of us is subject to pressures, and understanding how we and our teams respond to those pressures can often make the difference between success and failure.

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