Peak Performance

May 17, 2011

Sunshine Foundation Board President Patrick de Meester has coffee and team in hand.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the peak of Mount Everest first. Their success was the culmination of 20 years of failed attempts and hundreds of people asking, “What could we do better next time?”

Last weekend, I spoke at The Sunshine Foundation’s Summit. Volunteers, staff, sponsors, advisors and board members gathered to take their organization to new heights. The foundation makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses and severe physical challenges. Their bold goal is ‘A dream a day.’ If you don’t want to hug them right now, run to a RCMP officer. Someone stole your Canadian heart.

In the opening keynote Making The Summit, Good Ropes & Great Partnerships, I suggested that if you want to reach the peak, you need to scale the dream. After every interaction, call or project ask: “On a scale of 1 to 5, how did I do? What could I do better next time.” For Hillary it was the cultivation of a legacy. His foundation continues to provide health care, education and environmental initiatives in Nepal. For The Sunshine Foundation it will be ‘A dream a day.’

What will you make better?

PS  *Resources to help you:

1. The 1 to 5 concept comes from Dr. Marshall Goldsmith stellar leadership book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

2. To maximize your media coverage and add fireworks to your marketing read Marketing Buzz by Mark Huges.

3. To quickly build team engagement and insights, buy colourful climbing webbing and Dr. Jim Cain and Dr. Tom Smith’s The Book On Raccoon Circles.




One Response to “Peak Performance”

  1. Nancy on May 18th, 2011 10:29 am

    Great post Louise! Under your guidance we now have new tools to fulfill our dream–A Dream A Day!!!

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