Author Archives: Paul Sullivan

Being Present for the Holidays

The holiday season has given me two of the purest examples of clutch performance and its opposite, choking. They both come from college sports and illustrate the fourth trait of clutch performers: being present. The first was the 89th consecutive victory of the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team. Clutch is an individual trait so […]

Can A Loss Be Clutch?

David Price looked completely prepared for the pressure of  tonight’s do-or-die game of the American League Division Series. The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher has a starring role in Clutch, but what I describe in my book was a different situation: relief pitching in a tight game when he was still a rookie. Tonight, Price, who […]

Textbook Clutch

Roy Halladay’s no-hitter tonight was a quintessential clutch performance – but not in the way many sports fans think about. Most fans use the term too broadly. In Clutch, I set the bar higher and define clutch more precisely: it’s the ability to do what you can do normally but under pressure. The player who […]

Radio Days

I shed my American League allegiances on Saturday for a great chat with Marty Lurie, on the San Francisco Giants pre-game show. While we naturally talked about baseball – and why Aubrey Huff is having a great year under pressure – Marty also broadened the conversation to how people can learn to be clutch in […]

Personal Branding

Dan Schawbel interviewed me today about Clutch for his Personal Branding blog. The questions were great – read it here – but the photos that went with his interview were fantastic. I particularly like the ones of Jamie Dimon with his fists up and David Boies looking like the person he was talking to is […]

Fulding Under Pressure

I don’t like to kick someone when he’s down and out, but never have I seen a chief executive who repeatedly cannot accept responsibility for what his actions wrought. In the case of Lehman Brothers, Dick Fuld oversaw the firm for 14 years before it collapsed. But instead of admitting that he may have made […]