This understanding is born out of over 20 years of research. Research that was initially driven by Andy’s 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.
The culmination of all Elkiem’s research is the HPES™. The HPES™ is our way of explaining the specific circumstances that trigger improved performance in human beings.
The Education Tool is a web-based training resource to learn key concepts regarding the HPESTM and to assist with education of the HPES™ philosophy in an on-line environment.
Identify The Next Two Moves to improve a team’s performance. The key outputs of the Diagnostic Tool are two actions that will result in the most dramatic performance improvement across the organisation. 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.
Andy Meikle’s professional career began in 1988 when he was one of only 12 contracted athletes in the original Uncle Toby’s Ironman Series. Whilst he enjoyed considerable success as an ironman, the podium proved mostly elusive, and so began a quest to fully understand the dynamics of human high performance and what sets the highest achievers apart.
Andy’s research began in the obvious place – amongst those within the Ironman world who were consistently placing in the top three – and now comprises research and interviews with thousands of high achievers. For over 20 years this research has continued and evolved to include not only individual high achievers but also ‘high performance environments’ – those places or events where the very best are stretched to their limits.
In 2016 Andy devoted six months exclusively to his research pursuits throughout both the East and West Coasts of USA, Switzerland, England, Hawaii and Scandinavia. In order to better understand performance in technology based organisations Andy interviewed top leaders from Facebook, Google, Tesla, LinkedIn and the CERN Particle Accelerator. He also focussed on the study of leadership in Nestle, Doctors without Borders, NASA’s Ames Research Centre, the United Nations and Red Cross.
The end result continues to be one of the largest banks of human high performance data in the world.
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.
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