Power is an interesting concept. On one hand it is often spoken about as something that comes with position, from having an unfair influence like with politics, or even as something that can be so inebriating that it destroys even the most morally strong. On the other hand power can be seen as the application of effort and force to drive results. It is the absolute thing that athletes train for so they can get results.Read More
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For many teams and companies, Q4 means the final stretch to deliver the needed results for 2014. Failure is never an option. How can you make sure you and your team are ready for it? How can you get the best from your team and yourself so you can drive the success you want? In our experience, it isn’t by pushing harder. It will require some better thinking and some Sustainable High Performance strategies.Read More
One lesson we have learned from working with our clients is that the path to developing high performance habits (or any change for that matter) is never linear. There will definitely be setbacks. At first glance, these setbacks can appear to be moments of failure. They can appear to be proof to yourself that you don't have the discipline or the commitment to really change, but nothing could be further from the truth.Read More
Sometimes it seems the only way to really overcome inertia and lead to real change is to declare a revolution. Over the past ten years we have been working with some great leaders who have not only forecasted the need for Sustainable High Performing teams but also the need to align their culture to support these teams. Of course, as is often the case when you bring new thinking and challenge the status quo, these big thinkers have the scars to show for trying to lead a new way of thinking.Read More
One of the great privileges we get with Tignum is that we get to work with high performing executives and business professionals. These people are highly passionate and committed to their jobs, their families, and often to many other high impact things in their life. When we start our work, we usually have some type of conversation where almost every client describes their “Extreme Job”.Read More
Recently, after the suicides of a prominent global CEO and CFO, many of our clients have reached out to us in concern. Their concern ranges from the lessons that can be learned, to their fear that the feelings of depression and helplessness are more prevalent than even reported. Often they share personal stories of colleagues they have known who have rusted out, burned out, and sadly some who have even made the final tragic choice of suicide.Read More
A key Mindset concept that we teach at Tignum is purposefulness. Of course this is tied first to awareness of your behaviors and then purposefully choosing your behaviors to get the end results you want. Last week, while leading a workshop with a client, I was surprised at how often the participants had their smartphones in their hand and were checking their email, surfing the internet, or the reading the latest news.Read More
As you may have guessed by now, we have a real passion for helping people become Sustainable High Performers. You may assume that’s because it’s our business, but it goes much deeper than that. Every day, through our work with clients, we get to hear the benefits that clients experience as they shift the needle from where they were to becoming Sustainable High Performers.Read More
Recently, we read a fantastic executive report from the IBM Institute for Business Value (New Rules for a New Decade), written by Karen Butner. The very well-written report is titled: New rules for a new decade - A vision for smarter supply chain management. Although this report focuses on the best practices in supply management, many of the themes that Karen presents are applicable to Sustainable High Performance of critical leaders and teams.
For some reason, as we travel around the world working with our executive clients, one common theme we keep hearing is, “this is one of the toughest first quarters I ever remember”. They usually preface this statement with how Q4 of last year was also insanely challenging and busy. This doesn’t surprise us because we have seen this trend building. The size of teams has gotten smaller, the need for agility has grown significantly, the pressure from shareholders to grow and improve the P&L is rough, and most leaders are suffering from the acceleration trap. The current intensity is the new norm.Read More
At times you wake up and swear you’ve lived this day before. Everything feels like a memory of an experience you have already had - similar to the movie Groundhog Day. Here we sit, at the end of 2012, and I realize that 2013 will start almost exactly how 2012 started. The US is dealing with a fiscal cliff, Europe is in the midst of an economic crisis, there is unrest in the Middle East, and the business world is poised to approach their challenges with the same response they have habitually used in the past. In fact, the business world is the only place where tough challenges are met with franticness and knee-jerk reactivity.
I couldn’t let the Olympic Games come and go without making some really important observations and wondering how they translate to business performance. To me, this was one of the coolest games. Not just because the Queen parachuted into the stadium with agent 007, but more because of the amazing performances and stories that we got to witness, and the emotions that only sports can produce.Read More
Last week I had an interesting lunch discussion with one of our clients who just got a new job as Head of Innovation for a Fortune 500 company. His new role is linked to less office time and more virtual work. Interestingly, what sounds like a fantastic new way of working actually created some anxiety for him. One part of not having to commute is that it allows him to have quality time and breakfast with his wife each morning. However, he told me, “I rush through the breakfasts because I feel somehow guilty to have a nice relaxed breakfast in the middle of the week. Maybe it’s a generation question, but I struggle in general to build in recovery time during my days. I know it will enhance my performance, but I also feel guilty recovering while the work load is high and other team members are working.”Read More
After working with top executives from all over the world, we have learned that Sustainable High Performance does not occur by chance. It requires conscious choice, applied in a strategic manner, followed by purposeful actions. When highly talented leaders and their teams strategically apply high performance behaviors, they energize their teams and projects, they increase their effectiveness, they have more impact, and they create better business results.Read More
So often in sports you hear athletes talking about trying to gain a competitive edge. It may be a training secret, some special equipment, a new supplement, or even a superstitious ritual but they all have the same purpose - to provide what they think will help them be more competitive. Occasionally, you see an athlete who won’t settle for just a competitive edge; they want a winning edge. Last year we saw this in tennis player Novak Djokovic as he became more physically fit, adopted a new performance nutrition regimen, improved his recovery between matches, and most important - developed a high performance mindset. The result was clear in that he was no longer just competitive, he was a winner. In fact, he became the #1 player in the world, dominating two of the greatest players in modern men’s tennis (Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer).Read More
Recently, while watching a fantastic documentary about Formula One three-time world champion Ayrton Senna, I was struck by the eerie similarity of “The Black Weekend” at the race in Imola and the tragedies happening in today’s business environment. On the weekend of May 1, in 1994, Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger died in a crash during a practice run and one day later during the race, Williams driver Ayrton Senna crashed and died. Up to this point, everyone had become complacent about the hazards of racing but suddenly there were two deaths in one weekend. Just two weeks later in Monaco, Karl Wendlinger had a horrific accident at the first chicane after the tunnel, leaving him in a coma for several weeks.Read More
Using data to make decisions is critical in business and many companies have become very sophisticated about it. They use real time dashboards about supply chain data, sales data, financial data. They look at key ratios and many even use special algorithms that combine superficially unlinked data to review past performance and predict future performance. A performance analysis can be done anytime and anywhere. Surprisingly though, there is one area where so few companies use data to make strategic decisions - the area of human performance. Sure there are engagement surveys and 360 analysis, but what is the real added value? The data is never real time, it’s often completed with cynicism, and it’s not directly linked to business performance today, tomorrow, next week, and over the next months. Where is the innovation in this area?Read More
Recently, I was cleaning up some files and I found an essay from entrepreneur and writer Seth Godin that he wrote 9 years ago about the power of opportunity. At the time I originally read the article, we were in the development of Tignum so it really resonated with me. Interestingly enough, as so many people around the world are gazing at their 2012 planners and what they want to achieve, I think it resonates even more now.
Here is a short excerpt: “...stop thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand. There has never been a worse time for business as usual. Business as usual is sure to fail, sure to disappoint, sure to numb our dreams. That’s why there has never been a better time for the new. Your competitors are too afraid to spend money on new productivity tools. Your bankers have no idea where they can safely invest. Your potential employees are desperately looking for something exciting, something they feel passionate about, something they can genuinely engage in and engage with. You get to make a choice. You can remake that choice every day, in fact. It’s never too late to choose optimism, to choose action, to choose excellence. The best thing is that it only takes a moment—just one second—to decide.”
As always, we understand that there is a huge gap between knowing and doing, so we asked several leaders to give us the behaviors they want to implement in 2012 to “create excellence”. We combined their thoughts with some of our own and created a top 10 To-Do list:
.01 Inject energy and fun.
.02 Care about what works.
.03 Say no to boring (meetings, people, and initiatives).
.04 Focus on what’s productive.
.05 Innovate yourself as you go (your resilience, stamina, brain agility)
.06 Don’t be afraid to fail - forget about perfection.
.07 Cut the crap (emails, meetings, projects, processes)
.08 Be prepared - always (travel, meetings, coming home).
.09 Create meaning
.10 Make your personal sustainable high human performance your default.
After working with over 8,000 high performing executives all over the world, one thing we have learned - the true Sustainable High Performers (Swimmers) don’t count on luck. They design every single day to make it happen. We hope this list provides you some inspiration. Print it. Copy/paste it. Share it. Live it. And let us know what you would add.
A happy and successful 2012 to you.
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder
One of the great things about our job is that we get to travel around the world and work with some of the highest performing executives in the business world. Because of the demands of our personal travel, as well as the demands of having to be our best in front of our clients, we also get to experience the demands of today’s business world. This has made every day a lab experiment where we are constantly interviewing our clients to discover their latest challenges and trying new Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, Recovery, and Preparation for Key Event strategies to see what works, when it works, and how it works. With that said, we wanted to share an observation that we’ve made at Tignum.Read More
When you hear the word engineering you probably think of a mechanical engineer who designs tools and machines, or a chemical engineer who designs polymers, or a nuclear engineer who looks at the fusion and fission of atomic particles. What you probably wouldn’t think of is a human performance engineer.Read More