PerformanceFest Lounge 2018

An acclaimed actor, a bomb disposal expert, a globally successful musician and a world leading surgeon all walk into a cinema…
This, is going to be a unique event.

All brought to you by Make it Cheaper, the money saving experts.

For one balmy afternoon only, there’s an exclusive opportunity to hear from four amazing performers.

They’ll talk about how they do what they do, in conversation with a world class performance psychologist.

Then, the audience will get the chance to ask them whatever they want.

The line-up:

Danny Sapani
Actor – Star Wars, Black Panther, The Crown

Dan Rothman
Musician – guitarist and co-founder, London Grammar

Lloyd Davies
Army bomb disposal – defusing situations

Dr. Tom Evens
Emergency medicine consultant – keeping people alive

Dr. Chris Shambrook
Psychologist – asking the questions

A unique opportunity

Audience members will:

  • Gain a unique set of insights into how amazing performers get themselves ready to do what they do.
  • Inspiration for bringing that to life in your world and your organisation.
  • Have the chance to ask questions to get under the skin of great performance in different arenas, up close and personal.
  • Get to have Ice cream, pick’n’mix & beer. In separate containers.

Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more, or are interested in coming along!

Supporting Children on the Edge

All net proceeds from the PerformanceFest Lounge 2018 will go to our charity partner for the event, Children on the Edge.
We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support this incredible charity – thanks to Make it Cheaper and our up-coming event audience, for making it all possible.

Children on the Edge makes a difference for thousands of marginalised children, who are living on the edge of their societies around the world. Many are without parental care, neglected or persecuted by their own governments, ignored by the international media and missed by large overseas agencies.

Working in partnership with local communities, they help create safe, child friendly environments. They support over 10,000 children to realise their rights, and they restore the ingredients of a full childhood through the generation of hope, life, colour and fun. 

Their work today includes delivering education to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, working inside Kachin state in the midst of a civil war, helping ‘untouchable’ Dalit communities in India and working in Ugandan slums tackling child sacrifice.


www.childrenontheedge.org

Working with Make it Cheaper, to make it happen

We’ve been working with the great people at Make it Cheaper to bring the PerformanceFest Lounge 2018 to life. They are making it possible for the event to take place, have nominated Children on the Edge as charity partner and we’re delighted to be working with them.

Team LifeReady – Aids Lifecycle 2018

In our quest to share our human performance expertise and do some good in the world where we can, this year we’re supporting Team LifeReady, sponsoring and coaching the team as they prepare for Aids LifeCycle 2018 – our very own Keith Hatter is even off to be their roadie for the event!

A complete human performance challenge

Aaron, Dan, David and Dock, the PlanetK2 Team LifeReady, are based in San Francisco. They are fundraising, training and preparing right now, for the AIDS Lifecycle event in June 2018.

The team will be cycling 545 miles, from San Francisco to LA, through some of California’s beautiful countryside, fundraising for AIDS/HIV related services, research and awareness, still critical to many parts of our society.

The event is a complete human performance challenge, for each individual as well as the team as a whole. At PlanetK2, we love these.

Here’s a snapshot of 2017 Aids LifeCycle event, to see what’ll be coming up for the team.

A life less ordinary

At PlanetK2, we love supporting great businesses and great people get even better at what they do.

We’re proud to support and work with the LifeReady team – long term friends of our business, doing an extraordinary event, stepping out of their personal comfort zones and raising funds for a great cause. Find out more about Team LifeReady in the start of their vlog series on The Performance Room.

We have been given the unique opportunity to support the whole team, as well as each member individually. We’ll be helping them get superbly performance ready for the event. To think, prepare and perform like elite athletes.

Follow the journey

We get to follow and support the teams’ journey before, during and after the AIDS Lifecycle 2018 event.

This is too good for us and our customers, friends and colleagues to miss – so stay tuned over the coming months, we’ll be sharing the teams’ individual and collective purpose, their motivations, their training highs and lows.

You’ll get to follow their human performance journey and we’ll share our collective learning.

If you’re inspired to start following the journey and support the fundraising efforts of the LifeReady team:

The sideways route to success!

Chris-VollerChris Voller, formerly AXA Insurance UK Claims Director and a PlanetK2 Hall of Famer. He’s always been committed to helping his people grow.

People don’t normally associate ‘sideways moves’ with success. It’s usually seen more as an interruption on the pathway to greater things. Sometimes a sideways move might even be a negative, indicating that you’ve peaked and upwards is no longer an option. But sideways moves can involve growth and development, and be an opportunity to fuel your motivation and performance readiness. So it’s worth rethinking about how we see “sideways moves” – as individuals, as leaders and as organisations.

Development happens in many ways!

In an ideal world, everyone would keep raising their performance levels and the way organisations invest in talent programmes and development opportunities reinforces that there’s a pretty fixed view of how promotions happen.

If we think about a lot of people who have thrived and gone on to great things, in many instances it’s been the experiences they’ve been thrown into, outside of formal talent programmes that have significantly helped them to grow, as well as demonstrate greater potential than has previously been seen. So, if we want learning and development, maybe it’s time to think more flexibly about how to stimulate it!

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All present? Presenteeism in the workplace

We were reading about presenteeism in the workplace this week. Presenteeism, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, is showing up for work without being productive, usually because you’re poorly or unfit to work in some way. Apparently it’s now viewed as more widespread and problematic by businesses than absenteeism.

It’s an issue for several reasons – it’s linked to more sick leave in the long term, lower productivity levels, and it’s an indication of a culture where employees feel like they can’t be absent from work because of overwhelming workloads, or worse, how it’s judged if they take an illness day.

Performance geeks that we are, we started thinking about presenteeism from a high performance angle. Here are some thoughts that we wanted to share with you…

Being performance ‘unready’

If presenteeism is about being unproductive at work, that infers, to us at least, that you’re not feeling ready to perform – you’re not feeling physically, mentally or emotionally ready. Or perhaps you’ve not done the things you need to do to be ready to perform. You’re performance ‘unready’ – and often (not always, but often) that’s because you’ve not chosen to do some things that you could have done to prepare and be ready.

It’s like to an Olympic athlete turning up to training without having prepared right – without the right kit, without the right mindset, or having been out the night before so they’re not fully rested. Actions and avoidable choices with a clear performance impact.

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Making high performance part of your business culture

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 09.32.04Jo Webb is an independent HR consultant who specialises in supporting businesses through culture change. Jo was formerly European HR Director at The Marketing Store where she led their high performance culture change programme. We had the privilege of working with Jo on this project, and for us, she’s someone who truly understands high performance and how to embed it in the culture of a business.

There’s a lot of aspirational talk about high performing cultures right now but even when organisations do decide to go down that road, all too often it’s rolled out as a stand-alone initiative rather than being integrated into the entire business strategy.

A true high performance culture provides a company with its single greatest source of competitive advantage but fewer than 10 percent of companies actually succeed in creating such a culture.

One of the biggest mistakes companies make is to set up a ‘high performance’ programme as a separate initiative – lead by HR and perhaps one or two performance focused people in the business, but crucially not embraced by all leaders and certainly not united with overall business strategy and performance.

So, how should it be done?

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Festive survival

Sing along with me please… “I wish it could be Christmas Everyday…”

Blimey.

Really?

Every day?

Imagine it… We’d all be enormous! Excessive food, too much to drink, not enough sleep… all a bit tough for people who are keen to keep performing well through December and into the new year.

Just stop for a moment and think… if everyone in the UK gains an average of just one pound over the next month, then our small island will have to handle over 4 million stones more weight in the early part of 2013 – surely we’ll sink!

Perhaps it’s not global warming that’s causing the floods?

Fear not though, I’ve got three helpful festive survival tips that will accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives at this wonderful, but slightly challenging, time of year…

Tip One – Choose fun!
Relax, let your hair down and have fun (you’ve been told!!).

Elite performers find time for relaxation and for celebrating successes. Enjoyment is a part of any well-rounded health plan. If your efforts to be healthy are all painful, uninteresting and erode the joy in your life, then I don’t really see the point!

If it’s a choice between being either happy and unhealthy, or being unhappy and healthy, then please pick happiness – EVERY TIME – life’s too short to live healthy then die miserable! However, if feeling unhealthy also makes you unhappy, then surely that’s got to be an especially poor choice?!

Here at K2, we’d rather you were both happy AND healthy – that’s our goal… to help you feel great, have fun and be at your best!

What’s your choice for the next few weeks? Will you choose to be happy AND to be healthy?

Please make a choice – but bear in mind that if being unhealthy is going to make you unhappy, then start taking some steps now that will stop this from happening. What can you do to give yourself the best chance of being happy over the next few weeks? Where and how does being healthy fit into this?

Tip Two – Earn it!
What do I mean? Well, if you can do a couple of the things that feel righteous, virtuous and healthy, then you’ve perhaps earned the right to take the pressure off the healthy eating and exercise plan for a while. If nothing else, by balancing out a few of the less healthy behaviours with a couple of slightly more healthy things then you’ll slip back less than if everything starts to slide. You might not perform at your best over Christmas, but at least if you minimise the damage, you’ll be in a better place to start 2013! Here’s a couple of practical ideas…

1. Eat the tangerine from your Christmas stocking first rather than the chocolate! Surely you can manage that? Even if you don’t get a stocking… think about the principle!

2. Super-size on the vegetables and/or salad at every meal. Yes, we really are giving you permission to eat more of some things.

3. Remember, turkey sandwiches are actually quite good for you, especially on wholegrain bread, with salad and without the dressings!

4. Take a post lunch walk every day – even if it’s to the pub and back!! Staying active, even just a little more active, will help you stave off the worst consequences of the seasonal excess (it also keeps your conscience and driving licence clean!). This will also get you out in the small amount of daylight we see at this time of year and will help to lift your mood.

5. Go nuts! Nuts are a packed full with good nutrition. They’re a good source of protein, fibre, monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, copper, and antioxidants. And they help reduce the risks of heart disease and diabetes and some studies have shown that they can help control weight. Population studies have also shown that eating about one ounce of nuts every day reduces the risk of heart disease in the long run by 30% (Harvard School of Public Health, 2003).

6. Remember, slim-line mixers and diet soft drinks are calorie free! Choose them over the “full fat” options.

7. Dance like you mean it! Put those dodgy Christmas records on, take advantage of your reduced inhibitions from one or two glasses of wine and hold your own “Strictly Come Dancing” Christmas competition! If dancing isn’t your bag, then running around playing with kids at Christmas is a fine substitute and terrific fun! So, don’t be scrooge-like, grumpy and lazy when things get lively, get up, join in and have a laugh.

8. Speaking of which… It was reported at the European Congress on Obesity in 2005 that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter increases energy expenditure by 10 to 40 calories per day. So, laugh for an hour a day and it’s the equivalent of a one mile run!

Perhaps happy people are actually healthier people? Discuss…

What things can you do to choose happiness AND health over the next few weeks?

Tip Three – Collect your thoughts
Also, at this time of year it’s often possible to take a little time to relax and put your feet up, to take stock of your current situation and consider your future.

Think forward 12 months from now. Imagine yourself being both healthy and happy.

  • How would you like to be feeling?
  • How would you like to look?
  • How would you like to be performing at work?

Think about it. Imagine that everything over the next 12 months goes well for you… what will a happy, healthy and peak performing you look like, feel like and be doing? Whatever this looks and feels like, at PlanetK2 we’d like to be there to help you on the journey.

All the best to you for a happy and healthy Christmas and a peak performing 2018

Matt

What’s your purpose?

69_2100978619We’ve recently started some exciting team performance programmes in Australia. Performance coach Katherine Bond shares a key performance take away from her time there.

The power of a purpose

It’s funny how there are times when the same issue or topic seems to come up repeatedly. Maybe it’s coincidence or perhaps you’re just more aware of something so you end up having conversations about it or notice when others are writing or talking about it.

Anyway, I’ve just come back from working with our customers in Australia, and the topic of purpose kept coming up. More specifically, the importance and power of having meaningful purpose for motivation, performance and team alignment. It came up time and time again in work and personal conversations and even reared it’s head when indulging in a bit of Australian sporting culture at the weekend. I thought I’d share three stories in the hope that there’ll be some insight and take-aways for you.

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Thinking about yourself or others too?

The UK has just had a potentially life changing referendum about exiting the European Union. Voting decisions were about single issues or multiple factors. If you voted did you think about yourself, your family, the UK, Europe, the world or some combination?

The choices are similar when it comes to performance in organisations. Do you think about yourself, your team, your department or your organisation?

Organisations encourage individual thinking and often create silos

Most people in organisations pay lip service to team (and company) goals and performance, compared to their personal ones. The balance is skewed (and screwed!). How often do you focus on team performance? How often, as a team member, do you take an active interest in how other teams are doing (apart from how their poor performance is affecting you).

Thinking about others performance and interests is necessary for the collective good. It builds connectedness and collective confidence.

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Water?!?

Last week we asked a team what sprang to mind when they thought about team building. Do you know what they said? “Water!” Water!! How have we got to a place where team building in business prompts thoughts of building rafts?? We think we can do better than that.

There has to be a better way

Raft building. It’s like taking a rowing team and, to prepare for the Olympics, putting them through a business simulation exercise. Maybe, just maybe, if there was a very specific reason.

But before that, in the first place, there are some very straightforward team performance principles that are worth establishing. These are simple and in most cases pretty easy to apply. They’re all about performance. And we mean performance, not results.

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Dealing with Change

In this week’s blog, Sophie Radcliffe, a K2 ambassador, athlete and adventurer shared her thoughts on change.

We think we aren’t great at dealing with change and we don’t welcome it in our lives. Yet, not dissimilar to the eruption of a volcano, the initial mess can cause frantic behaviour and be hard to deal with, but once the dust settles, leads to a new order, a new mindset and ultimately, a new way of doing things that creates personal and professional growth.

The Initial Eruption

Change can blindside us as we go about our daily lives. For me they were the day my Mum told me she had cancer, when my Grandfather died, the day I walked into work and my Director called a company meeting, announced they were closing down an entire division of the business and sent everyone home.

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