We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Lowell Wightman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Lowell, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Discovering truth amongst a cascade of uncertainty has distinguished my brand. So, being a diligent and patient observer is a primary driver of my success. When individuals or teams are striving to consistently deliver excellence their scope is limited because they are so close to the behavior that delivers their results. I am called upon to not only provide perspective from my observations but also isolate methods and strategies that will sustain their success while providing methods to opitmize excellence. I utilize many tools to deliver perscribed outcomes, but without a comprehensive list of observation and data to guide my path we have a recipe for failure.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I started my practice terms such as “life coach” and “career coach” defined many of the competitors I would encounter. The executive training world was growing as it attracted authors like Stephen Covey, Mark Victor Hansen, and Tony Robbins to share their insights on any number of topics. In these early years I worked with each of these authors as they delivered training curriculums to large audiences all over the world. As I watched this business model grow I saw the curriculum was not differentiating the curriculum for varying participant profiles. I pivoted and started to develop mental conditioning training programs for sports and entertainment professionals. Making this change has defined my practice and given me the opportunity that today combines business and sports mental performance coaching into one complimentary list of services. Mental Performance Coaching is easily understood by athletes but our executive clients are challenged to understand how this service intersects with their performance development needs. This is easily handled when we meet any executive who enjoys cheering on their favorite sports team and player. We share stories with them about championship behavior, handling adversity, and measuring resiliency and they quickly begin to share where those performance issues are present in their culture. When given the opportunity to evaluate a sport or business culture we use a proprietary assessment that scientifically measures human desire. Quantifying human desires provides insights about clients that goes beyond a superficial introduction. Our assessment provides statistical validation for 16 human desire constructs, when considered collectively behavior trends are perdicted with a high degree of probability. Adding statistically valid measuring tools to our process provides leadership with targeted strategies for optimizing performance outcomes. I am proud of the support we given to athletes, executives, and the numerous team culturals we assisted in their journey to optimize mental performance.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Over sixteen years ago we arrived in the Denver metro area. Everyday since arriving has been filled with picturesque landscapes and smiling faces. So if you want to have the best time ever in Colorado you should attempt to do the following. Start with a tour of downtown Golden, CO just west of downtown Denver. Check out the vendors along main street for local crafts and perhaps even a tour of the Coors brewery. From there head north to Boulder, CO and pretend you are from Australia as you go on a walk-about down Pearl St. from 15th to 9th and experience one of the best pedestrain malls I have ever experienced. If you are craving more CO head to Denver park at the Denver Convention Center head east on Champa to 14th and turn left. When you get to Larimer St turn left again and be prepared to get your food on. Do you sense a theme here. I enjoy a good meal almost as the journey to find it. After taking in Larimer Street walk east on Larimer until you get to 16th Street, turn right and keep walking until 16th turns into a pedestrain mall atmoshphere until you get to the Denver Pavilon at Glenarm. Here is where you can see a movie, go bowling, and if you are hungry try American, Mexican, or Italian cuisine. This is a great place to people watch. I love Denver it is like being on vacation right at home.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
After 30 years of meeting people, observing how they behave and then making plans to train them, I discovered so many wonderful people that deserve my gratitude and appreciation. My wife Diane is the first on my list because she has ecncouraged and endured 40 years of wonderful experiences. Then there are mentors such as Stephen Covey, best selling author and friend or Professor Carole Makela, Colorado State University, who guided me through my PhD research. I share a special recognition to every athletic director and college ahtlete I have had the honor to work with. There influence is with me everyday as they enegize my resolve,
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