Why performance culture?
How many pieces of information do I see each day that mention high performance cultures? Too many. No, that isn’t a joke….but pretetnding that your organisation can be or will be high performing is. And to add to that, why the hell do you want it to be?
When you think of high performance you think of elite sportsmen and women and the parallels have been drawn with business on numerous occasions. I ask you this, would you really want to live with one of them? Sleeping routines, exercise routines, nutritional plans. Everything driven by the next competition, the next performance. Every move analysed to within an inch of its life, data determining how you then live and breathe between now and the next.
Is that what you really want? Do you really want to be high performing?
I want my home life to have room for a bit of cheese and wine here, the odd meal out there. I want to skip the gym if I feel tired and not worry about it. I want to have a barbecue on a summer’s evening and over indulge, knowing that when I get into bed that night, later than I should, I’ll feel stuffed, but happy and alive. I want to go for a run because I enjoy it, not because it says so on my schedule. I want to know that I can do fairly much what I want, when I want as long as it isn’t going to hurt someone or cause distress.
And the same goes for work. Too often the drive for “high performance” means “kicking the living shit out of anything that was fun about this place”. I want my organisation not to care if people are having a chat and a drink together, if they go home early because they’re tired from working late the night before. I don’t want my organisation to always be striving for continuous improvement, to never settle for second best. I don’t want my organisation to be lean, I like a little lump here and a bump there.
You want to strive for high performance? Go for it, you won’t make it. Me? I’ll be sitting on the sofa relaxing, enjoying life, not seeing its inadequacies.