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This blog is about having a high performance compass. An internal compass that helps you and your teams to

  • Navigate the changing and challenging waters of business (and the things that might sink you)
  • Orientate and re-orientate yourself back to thriving
  • Rescue; when you become ’stuck’, or ‘lost’ (Because everyone and every team does)

Read time approximately 4.30 minutes

The importance of an internal compass

The magnetic compass – What a fine Chinese invention (200BC)

It transformed human contact, collaboration, trade and shared innovation.

Especially so during what’s called the Age of Discovery: a time of worldwide exploration on the part of Europeans that occurred roughly between the 15th and 18th centuries.

Trade routes opened up because of the compass, new markets, goods and relationships were established that hadn’t been explored before.

The little compass can take a lot of credit.

But what of the internal compass that we need today to navigate successfully through our current (post COVID) age of discovery?

Trade is different now to the days of ancient mariners.  Silk and spices have been replaced by, technology, data and crypto.

However, just like ancient mariners, in today’s business world we humans still lose our way.

We wander off track, distracted or blown-off course by unexpected circumstances, challenge and change.

Like the ancient mariners we can’t control the weather conditions but we can control our internal reactions to the business weather and mounting storms. To help us successfully navigate all the testing conditions, that we will inevitably encounter.

That’s if we have our own internal compass; one that enables us and our team to quickly get back on course to the success we are capable.

Here are a few examples currently effecting businesses, in which leaders, teams and talent have been blown off course.

  • 2/3 people at work feel overwhelmed and not able to cope with the demands
  • 83% of employees commonly experience and suffer work stress
  • 38% of employees (UK & Ireland) are planning to change roles in the next 6-12 months
  • 70% of people change role because of the dysfunctional relationship with their manager

A major antidote to prevent the above is to ensure your people have their own internal compass so they can steer themselves back to success and quickly.

The performance impact of this can be massive especially when organisations match this effort with a dedication to provide an optimum performance environment.

One that is psychologically safe for their people to show up and be positively acknowledged for both their gifts and challenges.

A compass in business and sports performance

We work in the worlds of performance both in sport and business.

A denominator occurs when we ask both athletes and business people – what do you do to bring yourself back to your best?

Typical answers tend to be

  • Silence or a shrug
  • “work harder”/“get my head down”/“Soldier on”
  • “Take a break”

As you’ve guessed, asking this question determines either the quality of the inner compass being used or even if there’s a compass at all.

Often many people don’ have one.

“It’s the ingredients of a HPM that make up a reliable inner compass”

 

In performance terms, knowing and using your own internal compass is a must for anyone interested in peak performance.

So why do more performers than less, tend to utilise one?

There are many contributing factors but one is the over focus on the targets (goals, KPI’s) and the processes facilitating them.

In the belief these pathways will guarantee success.  They don’t guarantee success, they measure effort.

In peak performance, effort isn’t enough.

Owning an inner compass means knowing how to get the very best from our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Because these are what drive the quality of our outputs.

Elite and peak performers know that when they consciously optimise their mind, emotion and communication skills the quality of their outputs automatically increase.

We call this, a HPM. Having a high performance mindset.

We know that a professional footballer that optimises his or her HPM, is consistently more effective, compared to teammates.

A leader who utilises the specific skills in their HPM, likewise, increases their chances of thriving through challenge and change.

It’s the ingredients of a HPM that make up a reliable inner compass.

Typically there can be around 6 essential ingredients of a HPM. Specifically tailored to individuals and teams.

That produce the best from our motivation, confidence, resilience, flexibility and focus and therefore our final results.

When peak performers are blown off course their HPM/Compass not only points them ‘back home’ but gets them back to their best and quickly.

Every performer needs a compass.

They are easy and fascinating to create.

Especially if you are a company with talent, teams and leaders that value having an edge.

Example ingredients of a HPM/Compass

  • Mastering a limiting internal mind chatter
  • Composure through stress, uncertainty and change
  • Clarity of performance strengths
  • Embodying values and purpose
  • Mastering difficult emotions
  • Communicating through difficulty

Future Vision have 20 years experience working in the business and sports sectors.

Helping individuals, teams and leaders implement the strategies that create peak performance, consistently.

If you value some of the things we’ve mentioned here, let’s talk 🙂