Recently, I gave a lecture at the IMD business school in Lausanne, discussing Tignum and our work on sustainable high performance. At the end of the lecture, one student raised his hand and asked the question, “I really like what you do and totally believe in it, but how come YOU look so tired?”
I smiled because I was actually grateful that this question was asked. I answered, “The problem with sustainable high performance is that most people think it is a result, when in all actuality, sustainable high performance is a process.”
It’s always work in progress – even for us at Tignum. There are high performance days and also days where we slip back. Luckily those days are extremely rare. The key is to have the awareness for it and to continuously work at it. My mistake was with travel preparation. I arrived late to the hotel, was in a smoking room and was next to a noisey street. The quality of my sleep along with the recovery from my long trip was almost zero. I know now to be more precise with my travel plans and it was a clear demonstration to my lecture attendees that sustainable high performance really is a work in progress – But the great thing about that is, we are always just one step away from making a better choice!
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder