SA 037: Tim Kight, on the Secret Behind Urban Meyer’s Coaching Success

Tim Kight

Tim Kight, CEO of Focus 3 Consulting, talks about what he learned at UCLA with his mentor John Wooden, and the performance driver model and its importance in changing your mindset to change your behaviors in the right manner so that you can approach difficult obstacles and use them to your advantage.

Guest Bio:

Companies across the United States are recognizing speaker Tim Kight as a powerful voice on the performance of people and organizations. With a contagious energy, Tim provides insight into the “physics of performance.”

Tim’s ability to connect with and inspire individuals, teams, and leaders has yielded exceptional reviews from organizations throughout the country.  A dynamic speaker, Tim combines a unique background of research and practical experience to bring compelling insights to the real-world challenges of leading, managing, and winning in today’s competitive marketplace.

After briefly attending Ohio State University, Tim Kight received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and graduate degree from Princeton.  He has 25+ years of experience consulting in healthcare, banking, professional services, manufacturing, and athletics. He now lives in Columbus, OH.


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Some Questions We Ask:

  • Regarding his engagement with the Ohio State Buckeyes, as a case study for the audience to know about the process, how does he engage and get the ball rolling with skill development?
  • What’s the most important thing for a successful implementation of his systems when he works with companies? Are there consistent threads in effective implementations and returns on his work?  
  • Books that have been really impactful for him and his work that might be great for the audience to have?
  • If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • The R Factor: E + R = O : Event + Response = Outcome

You can either respond with a discipline-driven R or a default-driven R. A discipline-driven R is intentional, on purpose and skillful, and a default-driven R is impulsive, on auto-pilot and resistant.

You should be at your best when things are at their worst.

  • What high performers do to develop the R Factor
  • The 6 R factor disciplines that empower or equip a person to respond consistently with intention, purpose and skill

The most successful people are very good at not being limited by their talent.

Average people avoid discomfort, elite performers embrace it.




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