‘Not an act, it’s a habit’

Elkiem has a unique and in-depth understanding of human high performance.

This understanding is born out of over 20 years of research. Research that was initially driven by an interest in understanding what sets high achieving individuals apart from the rest and has evolved into a desire to pinpoint and understand the dynamics that exist within certain environments that result in very high performance amongst the individuals within those environments.


Our research encompasses one-on-one interviews with many of the world’s pre-eminent leaders, thinkers, scientists, business identities and sports people as well as Nobel Prize winners, Samurai Masters and military leaders. We have also interviewed the leaders of world renowned high performance environments including Harvard, MIT, Juilliard, The Royal College of Music, Military Special Forces and NASA.

High Performance Environmental Structure (HPES™)

The culmination of all our research is the HPES™. The HPES™ is our way of explaining the specific circumstances that trigger improved performance in human beings.

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The High Performance Environmental Structure (HPES™) is a way of explaining the circumstances that exist when high performance is stimulated in a population


Diagnostic Tool

Leadership decision making tool that clarifies the leader’s next moves in the quest for improvement in human high performance


Education Tool

On-line training resource to support the HPES™ philosophy


Two Moves

How to identify and implement the two most effective leadership moves to improve a team’s performance

The High Performance Environmental Structure (HPES™) is the cornerstone of Elkiem’s work, describing the 9 components that exist in all performance environments and the balance which stimulates the best possible performance from the individuals within them. Whether it’s Juilliard or NASA’s Phoenix Mission, the same 9 components are always in place. High performance is stimulated by both structured/formal systems (eg score cards systems) and unstructured/fluid systems (eg agile systems). The HPES™ utilizes both structured and fluid approaches to stimulate performance.

The Diagnostic Tool enables leaders to build a picture of their existing performance environment and compare it with a true high performance environment. Leaders can then accurately pinpoint which components are absent/lacking and what changes could be made to effect significant performance improvements. The tool has built-in versatility to allow diagnosis within a team, leadership layer or business unit – whatever breakdown suits the organizational structure. The HPES™ Diagnostic Tool measures the quality of both the formal/structured high performance systems and the informal/fluid high performance systems.

The Education Tool is an on-line training resource to learn key concepts regarding the HPES™ and to assist with education of the HPES™ concepts in an on-line environment.

The Next Two Moves: The key outputs of the Diagnostic Tool are 2 actions that will result in the most dramatic performance improvement across the organization. Why only two? Experience has taught us that the fewer the moves, the more likely they are to be fully implemented and so provide a greater likelihood of success.

Research is at the heart of everything we do.

We have been researching high achieving individuals and environments for over 20 years – resulting in one of the largest banks of data of this kind in the world – and we continue to add to this research all the time.

Our research into high performing individuals encompasses one-on-one interviews with many of the world’s pre-eminent thinkers, scientists, physicians, sports people, academics, religious leaders and artists. Many are famous, others are well known only to those within their own field – but all are highly accomplished.

Our research into high performing environments has taken us to the some of the world’s elite institutions – Harvard, MIT, NASA, Juilliard, The Royal College of Music to find out what it is that sets these environments apart.

Below are just a few examples of high performing individuals and environments that form part of our research:

  • Individuals
  • Environments




Level 2, 63 William Street
Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

Phone: +61 2 9356 8344


Level 2, 63 William Street
Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

Phone: +61 2 9356 8344