Original Publication: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Original Publication Date: April 12, 2015

Ever formed a snowball, thrown it across the street and hit a telephone pole dead on?

If you did, you probably turned to a companion who missed the whole thing and tried to re-create the throw. That second throw, odds are, missed the pole by a yard.

That second throw is an example of how pressure, even at a minuscule level, diminishes performance.

It turns out there is a lot of research on performance under pressure, but that research has not trickled out to most employers, coaches or parents. Particularly those who yell at their kids from the sidelines.

One of the central ideas of how to handle pressure is trust.

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