Zone of Peak Performance™ 

Are your business units, strategies & teams in the zone of peak performance?

In Formula 1™ performing at a high level is not enough. What’s required is peak performance.   The driver’s job is to push the car to the limit.   In an increasingly fast-paced business environment, the leader’s job is the same.  But how close to peak performance is your business unit or team and its key projects or priorities? 

What is Peak Performance?

A team is at Peak Performance when it is exploiting at least 75% of its full potential¹.  This 75%+ level is the zenith of performance – the equivalent of Formula One™ in motor racing.  We call it the Zone of Peak Performance™.

Operating at 90% of full potential that would be a considerable achievement.  To sustain that level of performance 80% of the time would be equally significant.  If you do the math, 90% by 80% would equate to an overall performance level of 72%.  Hence, the P2P Metric™ of 75%+ is a realistic and yet challenging threshold for the Zone of Peak Performance™.  Below that level, well that is not Peak Performance.

Introducing Performance Losses

Peak Performance is the exception, rather than the norm. It is realized by fewer than 1 in 20 teams².  In the day to day reality of organisations a myriad of factors can get in the way. The technical term for these factors is performance losses.

The factors that keep most business units, leader and teams out of the Zone of Peak Performance™ are called ‘Performance Losses’. These can be situational and structural, including factors, such as culture, leadership, environment and strategy.  They also include issues of skills, attitudes and behaviors.  Indeed, there are almost 200 factors in total³.

The Path to Peak Performance

The good news is that if you can identify the Performance Losses for an org./team then you can covert them into gains, typically of 7-25%.  This is the means of spending more time in the Zone of Peak Performance™.

Growth Pitstop® has created an inventory of almost 200 of the most important Performance Losses based on research with leaders and teams in some of the world’s best organizations across 12 industries and 47 markets. Pitstop Analytics™ scan your business unit or team for these losses, measuring and prioritizing them.  Pitstop workshops then energize your team in transforming them into gains.

Pitstop Analytics™ will show if your business unit / team is in the Zone of Peak Performance™.

If it is not, the data will show how far from the zone your unit/team actually is and what can be done to bring it closer.  Specifically that means identifying performance losses (i.e. the barriers to peak performance) that can be converted into gains (typically 7-25%).

In the image leaders explore the Pitstop Analytics™ mapping their team to the various Zones of Performances.

Take a pitstop to energize & engage your team in the pursuit of peak performance.

Using their analytics data your leaders will work like a pit team. The idea is just like in racing – to come together as a team to review key projects & priorities, identify quantifiable performance opportunities & exploit them fast.

In the image leaders build the Pitstop Meta-model™ – a F1™ inspired model of the 200+ factors that shape the performance potential of an individual or team.

Is your business unit or team in the Zone of Peak Performance™?

Let’s find out.

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¹ The Zone of Peak Performance™ is not a crowed space… it is not for everybody, just the elite – those who are most passionate, disciplined and determined.  For an overview of the research behind Zones of Performance see Pitstop to Perform™, ISBN: 978-1-907725-08-1

² Data presented in the pitstop research series book called ‘Teams Don’t Work (unless you do)’, ISBN: 978-1-907725-07-4 (pre-release).

³ Performance losses and, more importantly, how they can be converted into gains is revealed via Pitstop Analytics™ and visualized via the Pitstop Meta Model™ –  a map or inventory of almost 200 of the most important Performance Losses based on research with leaders and teams in some of the world’s best organizations across 12 industries and 47 markets.