If I had to plot the expectations I had of my teams in regards to performance it would follow a linear growth pattern.
Where input of effort, equalled the output of productivity. And as such if we increased our efforts, we’d have more productivity. As we learned more and grew, so should our performance. Additionally, if we added skills, and technology to that, we could increase productivity by such factors.
But my thinking had fundamentally changed after reading the book, Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loeher, and Tony Schwartz.
Schwartz and Loeher show that our energy flows which are tied to our ability to perform follow a natural, sine and cosine pattern. That means it ebbs and flows, up and down. Naturally creating highs, and lows. Biological rhythms guide our everyday lives.
The most obvious of rhythms that we all adhere to is the circadian rhythm. We’re awake for 16-18 hours – spending energy. Then we’re off and asleep for 7-9 hours (renewing energy).
Many of us think about managing time. But energy is the fundamental currency of high performance. Thus we should look at the skillful management of energy.
For everything we do as peak performance leaders are dependent on the energy, we bring forward.
As a leader, if you run, your people will jog. If you jog, your people will walk. And if you walk, your people will crawl.
You and your energy set the pace.
So how are you managing your energy?