WHAT IS HIGH PERFORMANCE

What Is High Performance?

At Performance Lab, we constantly talk about High Performance. We don’t just talk about High Performance in a work context, but in all aspects of work and life. 

But High Performance as a concept scares a lot of people. So we want to make sure you know what we’re talking about. 

There are some general principles that underscore high performance in any situation. We need to be able to do our best thinking, avoid old unproductive habits, and we need to be able to control our emotions and behaviours so we can be most effective - especially under pressure. 

In it’s most simple terms, high performance can be defined as doing the harder thing, when the harder thing will get you a better result in the future.

When you get working on long term projects instead of getting stuck in ‘busy work’, or you get started on that difficult task instead of procrastinating, then this represents the Harder Thing. 

If you’re a manager, it could mean having difficult conversations instead avoiding them. Even on a personal level, when you get up in the morning and exercise instead of staying comfortable in your bed, this is an example of doing the Harder Thing.

Tony talks about this in all his Keynote Speaking Engagements and Workshops:

Performance Science

When we perform at our best, and are able to do the Harder Thing, performance science tells us that there is some specific physiology that accompanies this:

Thinking Brain

We switch on the part of our brain that makes us really effective. It’s called the pre-frontal cortex.

Dopamine

We get a little shot of dopamine which makes us feel motivated.

Adrenalin

We get a small release of adrenalin which helps focus our attention.

By contrast..

when we’re not performing at our best, we switch on our Auto Pilot and become reactive instead of proactive. We keep responding to the small things that seem urgent right now instead of doing things that will make a bigger difference in the future. 

With High Performance Skills, here’s how Leaders, Teams and Staff change their behaviour:

Leaders


From..

Getting stuck in detail

Leaders


To..

Focus on the Big Picture

Teams


From..

Focus on themselves

Teams


To..

Focus on the team

Staff


From..

Getting stuck in busy work

Staff


To..

Focus on high value tasks

See Our Key Philosophies