As a coach, I work with many clients whose goal is improving their workplace performance. In the last five years, I’ve noticed a pattern emerge; here is what I discovered. As we discuss and dig deeper, peel the layers, and get at the core of what stands in the way of my clients, one thing is always true: it's never a matter of lacking cognitive or technical abilities. The clients I’ve worked with have all been highly trained and have cultivated high degrees of expertise in their respective fields. In every instance, the challenge they faced was more foundational. On a spectrum, they all lost—or never quite established—a connection to their body, heart, or spirit; sometimes, all three. They primarily performed cognitively, devoid of the rest.
Interesting comparison; I had not heard the term "corporate athlete" before. It's somewhat ironic that spending less (but more focused) time at work joined with developing routines around energy, family, etc lead to higher productivity in the end. Something for us to constantly keep in mind.