Every once in a while I hear a CEO or team leader make a comment that sounds something like this: “My team is really burned out, they are pushing hard trying to do more with less. I really wish I could take them through the TIGNUM program so they could learn new strategies for sustainable high performance. I wish I could stop their speed train for the 2 days so they could recharge and see how important they are to me and the business. Unfortunately, I have to make my numbers this quarter or else, so I can’t take the time or spend the money on the team and their Sustainable High Performance right now. Maybe next quarter.”
I can totally appreciate the pressures of business, especially in these tough times. But I have to be brutally honest (a quality I’m not good at hiding). Does it make sense to drive your car and then put oil in it? Does it make sense to play all your soccer games and then go back and have preseason practice? Does it make sense to race a top Formula One race car on old bald warn out tires? Can you imagine if Tiger Woods would not have invested in reinventing his swing 5 times over his career? We wouldn’t have been blessed with his 14th Masters at the US Open – a win that will forever live in the record books as one of the best. In fact, he may have never won a second masters. In Good to Great, Jim Collins, talked about getting the right people on the bus (a morphism for team). I think that’s only half the battle. You have to get the right people on the bus and then you need to make sure they have the energy, vitality, capacity, and health to get you to where you need to go.
At TIGNUM we say over and over again that our client’s performance (and their company’s performance) is built on the foundation of personal energy and performance. And this is held together by each member’s mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery habits. Can you imagine building a house on soft dirt and then saying you will come back later and put in the foundation when you have more time and maybe more money? In my opinion you can wait till next quarter, or next year, or in your next job, to get your team the necessary mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery strategies they need – but you would have paid many times over for waiting.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer