Resonance, Leadership, and the Purpose of Life

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James G. Clawson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Doug Newburg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Date Written: April 8, 2013

Abstract

This note describes the world-class-performance model developed by Doug Newburg at the U.Va. Medical Center. Newburg's sample includes Olympic athletes, successful CEOs, world-famous musicians, and leading heart surgeons. The model also relates to the concept of "flow" and suggests an answer to the question, "What is the meaning of life?" The note is useful in courses on leadership, career management, and organizational behavior.

Excerpt

UVA-OB-0626

Rev. Apr. 8, 2013

RESONANCE, LEADERSHIP, AND THE PURPOSE OF LIFE

I've always been interested in the mountains. The first time I went to Switzerland, I saw the mountains, and I said, “This is where I've got to be.” I dropped everything and found a mountain-climbing school and spent a couple of weeks in Switzerland and learned some basics of climbing, how to cut ice steps in glaciers and basic mountaineering. I really liked that. Clearly, in technical climbing you get in situations where, if you slip, you are dead. You don't consciously seek those situations, but you reach dicey points where you basically can only go forward rather than back. And the level of concentration and thrill of operating at that level is just…you are alive then, and it's almost like your sense of…your visual acuity and sensual acuity dial up tenfold, and you can see things and you are aware of things that you are not aware of in everyday life. That is the part of rock climbing that I really enjoy.

—Tom Curren, former senior VP of strategic planning, Marriott Corporation

· A world renowned musician performs in concerts all over the globe.

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Keywords: career management, leadership, organizational design

Suggested Citation

Clawson, James G. and Newburg, Doug, Resonance, Leadership, and the Purpose of Life (April 8, 2013). Darden Case No. UVA-OB-0626, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=910731

James G. Clawson (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/clawson.htm

Doug Newburg

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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