We’ve all heard the phrase "clutch hitter" — the player who seems always to get the crucial hit, or who sticks with the most trying tasks and always gets them done under the most trying circumstances — when victory or defeat hang in the balance.
Such individuals excel beyond most top achievers by relishing the pressure, welcoming the challenge, and never faltering...while others crumble.
Every organization wants clutch performers, and now, thanks to Paul Sullivan, finding them need no longer be left to chance.
Paul has studied and interviewed individuals who have achieved great things under great pressure — in financial crises, war, business, sports, the law, even the stage and he has discovered traits they exercise in their clutch performances include focus, discipline, adaptability, presence, and fear and desire.
Most importantly, he discovered that the secrets of peak performance in the clutch can be learned.
He has written a highly-acclaimed book that presents his findings along with the stories of the clutch performers themselves at their moment of most fierce challenges and greatest successes:
Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don't
One of the Best Books of 2010 in the Human Mind category
"Mr. Sullivan has sallied forth with notepad and pen in hand to tell individual stories... [He] takes his examples from sports, business, the military and the stage.He explains right away that there are five traits that help people pull off a clutch performance: focus; discipline, adaptability, presence (i.e., actual involvement in the task at hand), and fear and desire."
— The Wall Street Journal
"Clutch, by New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan, is a well-written examination of what makes a person perform despite stress. It's not luck, he emphasizes; it's "the ability to do what you can do normally under immense pressure."
"Is clutch performance just a fluke? Paul Sullivan, in this terrific book, says no. With the deft touch of a skilled storyteller, he brings us into the minds and souls of people who come through when the stakes are high. Clutch is the ultimate guide to understanding high achievement and to stepping up your own game."
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"Everyone knows that it’s difficult to work under intense pressure, but what Paul Sullivan explains so well in this book is that there is a certain art to it that anyone can master. Clutch is an engaging and insightful read that will help you overcome even the toughest challenges."
— Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame Football coach
Paul Sullivan writes the
column for The New York Times. His articles have appeared in Condé Nast's Portfolio, Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, Barron's, The Boston Globe, The New York Observer, and Food & Wine.
He has been interviewed on numerous radio and televisions programs, including CNN, ESPN as well as NPR, WCBS, and Fox News.
- Columnist, The New York Times
- Formerly, reporter, editor and columnist at the Financial Times
- University of Chicago
- Trinity College