Six Practices of High Performance
These six practices form the foundation of high performance in individuals, teams and organizations. Mastery of these practices is a lifelong effort requiring ongoing commitment and practice. If you haven't already started on this journey, there's never been a better time!
Awareness refers to being conscious of, and accurately perceiving, what is happening in yourself and in the world, and in the interaction between the two. Awareness begins with the self - if you are not aware of yourself, and able to perceive accurately how you are interpreting the world, your ability to be aware of the world outside of yourself will be limited.
Choice is centered in Awareness. You can only make choices about things you are aware of. If you are not aware of your own mood and beliefs - e.g., that you are angry or believe that someone has a hidden agenda - then your anger or belief will dictate your behavior and you will have no choice in the matter. Likewise if you are not aware of another person’s mood and beliefs you cannot make wise choices about how to interact with that person.
Accountability is a personal choice you make, to make a difference in some area of your life, your work, or the world at large. Accountability is more personal and involves a much deeper level of commitment than responsibility. Accountability is inherently an emotional choice - it involves caring about something and being committed to having a positive impact on it.
Honesty is more than “telling the truth” because “truth” has many layers. The degree of your honesty is proportional to the degree to which you reveal yourself. Telling someone your surface opinion, but not revealing your deeper beliefs or emotions, is a shallow level of honesty. Real honesty requires courage and commitment, and a willingness to be vulnerable and to trust others to respect what is true for you.
Integrity is a measure of how fully your inner truth lines up with your words and actions. If you are fully in Integrity then what you care about and how you intend to influence the world around you are in complete alignment with what you say and do. Your actions are fully transparent to others in your life. To the extent that you are holding something back or saying one thing but intending something else, you are out of Integrity. Integrity is deeply rooted in Awareness, since you can only ensure that your actions align with your inner state to the extent that you are aware of that state.
Trust arises out of beliefs you form about other people. One of the key beliefs that must be present in order to have trust is that the person you are interacting with is operating from a state of integrity - that what they say and do is aligned with what they feel and believe. If you do not believe someone is operating from a state of integrity, trust with that person is impossible. Other beliefs that are necessary for trust are that the person is capable of doing what they say, and that they are reliable in their follow through.
To learn more about the Six Practices of High Performance and how they can be used to develop a Leadership Culture, download our paper Building a Leadership Culture by clicking here: Building a Leadership Culture.