Education in
High Performance

Teaching leaders to create a high performance culture

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Elkiem, led by Andy Meikle, 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 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.

High Performance Environmental StructureTM

The High Performance Environmental Structure

The High Performance Environmental Structure

The High Performance Environmental Structure is the cornerstone of Elkiem’s work, describing the nine 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 Ames Research Centre, the same nine components are always in place as either formalised systems (e.g. score card systems) or unstructured/fluid systems (e.g. agile methods). The HPES™ utilises both structured and fluid approaches to stimulate performance.

The Diagnostic Tool

The Diagnostic Tool

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 HPES™ Diagnostic Tool measures the quality of both the formal/structured and the informal/fluid high performance systems.

The Education Tool

The Education Tool

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.

The Next Two Moves

The Next Two Moves

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.

About Andy Meikle

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.

Andy Meikle

Research is at the
heart of everything we do

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

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
Nobel Peace Laureate
Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary
Shirin Ebadi
Shirin Ebadi
Nobel Peace Laureate
John Kotter
John Kotter
Harvard Business School
Mandy Rae Cruickshank
Mandy Rae Cruickshank
World Champion Free Diver
Nathalie Cabrol
Nathalie Cabrol
Leader Scientist, SETI
David Gonski
David Gonski
Businessman and Philanthropist
James Lovell
James Lovell
Apollo 13 Commander
Sonja Lyubomirsky
Sonja Lyubomirsky
Happiness Researcher
Nishioka Sensei
Nishioka Sensei
Samurai Master
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Juilliard School
Australian Institute of Sport
Harvard University
Royal College of Music
Royal Opera House
Special Forces
Yupik Eskimos
English National Ballet

Our clients

News Corp
BT Financial
Coca cola

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