While playing sports as a kid, one of my least favorite drills was the dreaded wind sprint. I know coaches made us do these to improve our ability to perform during games, but that was little solace to me when I was out of breath, hurting, then hearing, “let’s do five more.” As the season wore on, wind sprints became easier; still not easy, but easier.
I was never mistaken for a real athlete, but that didn’t stop me from doing all the things coaches suggested I do to improve my performance. That included exercising, practicing, getting plenty of sleep, and eating the right foods. All of this to prepare me to perform as best as I could.
As leaders, how are we “coaching” our organizations for peak performance? What about organization wind sprints? What do exercise and practice look like? How about getting the right amount of rest and eating the right foods?
Answers to those questions will vary by organization, but this week we will explore some fundamentals, starting with eating the right foods:
- Culture eats strategy for breakfast (Drucker Said 'Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast' And Enterprise Rent-A-Car Proves It) – Tuesday, we will take a look at culture and its transformative power. Is your organization getting a steady diet of healthy culture?
- Business models eat technology for lunch (Business Models, Information Technology, and the Company of the Future; Disrupting beliefs: A new approach to business-model innovation) – Is your organization continually looking at business model innovation or are you waiting for that next big technology break-through to leverage? If you’re not feasting on leveraging today’s technology to create new business models, organizational performance will suffer.
- Execution eats planning for dinner (“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” General George Patton; Good Plans vs. Good Execution—Which Needs the Most Attention?) – When I discuss my previous experiences with others, I often make the statement, “we weren’t always brilliant strategists, but we were always great at execution – and that made all the difference.”
Join us the rest of this week as we explore the three-square-meals diet every organization needs for peak performance.