You just know when something is right

You can probably think of a number of outstanding and high performing organisations. They are widely recognised in their marketplace as organisations that lead their sector, organisations with in-build customer trust and loyalty and as organisations that everyone wants to work for.

Their people are committed to all things performance related and are fully aware of what it takes to succeed at the highest level, and this is manifested in their results and achievements.

They are part of a great business, because they are driving the growth in that organisation. They understand the roles they play as individuals and as a group and welcome that responsibility and trust. They appreciate that high performance equates to high levels of success and they are determined to play their part. With high performing individuals being recognised by their peer group and the management team alike.

As a whole, they set themselves apart from other employees in competitive organisations, in terms of their overall attitude, general demeanour and the behaviours they manifest in their day-to-day activity.

Their results are exceptional and are reflected in the recognition and reward they enjoy as a result of this success. In short, they are top achievers.

The secret that these organisations unlocked a long time ago is a simple one. High performance links to high levels of success. With the more high-performing individuals a business has, the more successful that organisation will be on the growth journey

However high performance is difficult to sustain for one particularly important reason. Internal and external events will conspire to change the conditions experienced on the growth journey. In any growing business, although the end goal may stay the same, the conditions experienced on the journey will be different in six months, and different again within a year. It’s how you respond to these changes and challenges that will make or break your culture of high performance.

Guiding your business on its unique growth journey is one of the largest and most personally rewarding challenges facing any leader. Making sense of the productivity and performance landscape and producing a route map that everyone understands, buys into and follows is vital to succeeding on your growth journey.

Success on the growth journey will require a route map

Every journey needs a map, or it’s just an exercise in ambling around. Not only does producing a map for your growth journey focus your ambition, but it also highlights ten important productivity and performance outcomes that are achieved.

1. Hope for the best and plan for the worst

Your route map will highlight the internal and external events that could potentially hinder your progress on the growth journey. However this advanced planning through the creation of your map will help address them, should they occur.

2. Every proper journey needs a real map

You would never set off to conquer a mountain, sail an ocean, or even drive across the country without a map. It’s exactly the same for your growth journey, especially as journeys that are visible are best understood and achieved, especially by the people you’re taking along with you. The visual interpretation of the journey enables you to energise and engage your colleagues, obtain their input and check your progress along the way.

3. Stop to smell the roses – and hand a few out

Periodically and appropriately acknowledging and recording an individual’s contribution to the success of the growth journey, encourages them to work as a team and achieve productivity and performance milestones and targets.

4. Don’t be put off by STOP signs

Barriers to high-performance and fast growth can be identified, discussed and addressed throughout the company. Ideas linked to best practice can be shared with others, in order to drive growth and success.

5. Let people get their fingerprints all over it

Involve your team in the creation of the route map. Being involved in its creation encourages ownership and increases buy-in to individual responsibilities. Culminating in driving the overall success of the growth journey.

6. Are we there yet?

Having a route map makes it easier to focus employees on the destination and how far along your organisation is to realising your vision. It also acts as a reference point for ‘at-a-glance progress updates’ at any given time.

7. Greater understanding

Having your growth journey mapped out means that it can be easily communicated to others, particularly new members of the team, external suppliers and financial institutions.

8. Surround yourself with like-minded people

Your growth map will form an important part of your company’s recruitment process. Feedback linked to the challenges facing your organisation will offer an insight into the candidates’ motivation, as well as provide them with an opportunity to explain how they will add to and support your organisation’s growth journey.

9. Pictures paint a thousand words

Manifesting the growth journey into a visual map really helps focus everyone on important themes such as momentum, progress, empowerment, accountability, agility and personal contribution.

10. Actually, it’s way more than just a map

High-performance working is critical to delivering success on the business growth journey. The route map actually goes above and beyond the previous points, as it helps to develop the culture needed to deliver productivity and performance.