For a keynote we researched and analyzed some performance data from former recessions, like the one in the 80s. We came across data showing how mental and physical fatigue increased and how the number of people resorting to drug and alcohol abuse also escalated significantly. Even now, talking to HR professionals we hear more and more stories on increasing burnout statistics, sick days and people who are fed up with all the changes, unrealistic targets, reduced resources etc.
What resonated the most with us was the fact, that one of the key reasons some companies outperform their competitors, even in down cycles is that they continually innovate. The interesting thing is that innovation must come from somewhere, or more accurately, from somebody. So what does your company do for “somebody” to make sure they can perform at their best in a sustainable way while also being able to innovate? What do you do to continually perform at your best? What do you do to remind yourself that high performance does happen by design? What about your team? It all comes back to having a clear understanding of what YOU at your “best” would actually look and feel like. It’s the constant reflection of high performance habits in the areas of performance mindset, performance nutrition, performance movement and performance recovery.
And especially in tough times where these things might drop on the priority list, they need to be on top. It’s your core asset - your brain, your body - that navigates you through the daily challenges. As Tom Peters mentioned in an article a couple of weeks ago: “Take care of yourself more than ever.”
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder