Peter Haberl: Attention is the Currency of Performance

Achievement Orientation with Peter Heberl

S3E5 Peter Haberl: Attention is the Currency of Performance

May 10, 2022

This is the second conversation in our three part series on achievement, one of four self-management competencies in Dan Goleman’s framework of emotional intelligence.

In this episode, Peter Haberl joins Liz Solomon to discuss how US Olympic athletes, coaches and staff unlock achievement within the system of their teams.

Our Guests

Peter Haberl

Peter Haberl joined the United States Olympic Committee in 1998. In his current position as senior sport psychologist, he provides individual and team consultations and mental training sessions to various national team athletes with a specific specialization in team sports. Haberl has enjoyed the privilege of having worked at nine Olympic Games, four Pan American Games, and one Paralympic Games with U.S. athletes. Prior to joining the Olympic Movement in the U.S., Haberl played professional ice hockey in Austria. Born in Austria, Haberl received his bachelor’s degree in sports science from the University of Vienna, Austria. He later earned his master’s degree in counseling and his Ed. D. in counseling psychology at Boston University. A licensed psychologist, Haberl focuses on mindfulness and ACT-based interventions. He enjoys using his daughter’s art work in his presentations.



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Episode Credits:

This show is brought to you by our co-hosts Daniel Goleman, Hanuman Goleman, and Elizabeth Solomon and is sponsored by Key Step Media, your source for personal and professional development materials focused on mindfulness leadership and emotional intelligence.

  • Special thanks to Isabella who you heard at the top of the show in our “Small People, Big Voices,” segment.
  • This episode was written and produced by Elizabeth Solomon and Kerry Seed
  • Audio Production by Michele Zipkin.
  • Episode art and production support by Bryant Johnson.
  • Music includes Tiny Footsteps in the Snow by Bio Unit, Norma by Monplaisir and theme music by Amber Ojeda.


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