The Principles of Performance Science with Dr. Carla Fowler

Nov 2, 2022

For all the high performers out there who want to really make the most of their potential, it’s time to come to grips with the principles of performance science. Joining us today to break down the three primary performance science categories is the awe-inspiring Dr. Carla Fowler. There is no doubt that Carla, herself, is a high performer, having earned both an MD and a Ph.D., all the while playing high-level sports! Taking the skills she acquired in medicine and science, Carla made a surprising pivot and is now the Managing Director and Founder of the executive coaching company, THAXA.

In this episode, we discuss the importance of work-life congruency, and Carla opens up about what drew her to the field of human performance and coaching. She also shares her unique coaching framework, explaining how and why she uses the principles of performance science. We investigate the purpose of working with a coach, what prevents people from seeking coaching, and the far-reaching benefits of investing in yourself.

Carla truly epitomizes what it means to be a high-level performer. Tune in to discover what she considers to be the most significant principles in performance science. If you want to learn more about what it means to achieve brutal focus and cultivate power and an abundance mindset, this episode is for you!

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The impetus behind Dr. Carla Fowlers MD and Ph.D. qualifications.
  • Why she chose to pivot from medicine to human performance.
  • The importance of work-life congruency.
  • How and why Carla uses the principles of performance science in her coaching.
  • The three most significant performance science categories: strategy, execution, and mindset.
  • Carla breaks down the principles of performance science.
  • The questions Carla asks clients to help them achieve brutal focus.
  • Her overall process of working with a client.
  • Why humans are driven to work.
  • How to cultivate power and produce results.
  • The value of visibility.
  • Why it’s important to relish uncertainty, and how to do so.
  • Advice for cultivating a mindset of abundance.
  • What prevents people from seeking coaching.
  • The far-reaching benefits of investing in yourself.
  • The concept of client-partnered versus client-driven.
  • The purpose of working with a coach.
  • The importance of scheduling real vacation time.
  • The etymology of THAXA.


Transcript: Here

Additional Resources:

Dr. Carla Fowler on LinkedIn:

THAXA Executive Coaching:

Links Mentioned:

The Formula by Albert-László Barabási:

Sharon Spano:








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