Full Contact Performance is about transforming our capacity for collaborating effectively—even with those “non-collaborative” folks you may struggle to work with. It rests on five pillars: 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞, and 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.
These principles invite us to dig deeper into ourselves, going beyond conventional approaches to teamwork. They help us expand our 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 of our own actions and their impact on others. They remind us that we are hardwired for 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲, constantly influencing and being influenced by those around us. They highlight that we are always at the center of the 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, active participants in our collaborative challenges.
But understanding these principles is only the start. As with any skill, truly transforming our collaborative performance takes 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞. And clear 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Making 𝐅𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 with your colleagues isn’t about maximizing your immediate gain at the expense of theirs. It’s not about bulldozing over or bypassing tough conversations. It’s about setting your own clear intention—specifically the intention to practice curiosity, to learn with your colleagues, and to make and manage meaningful promises regardless of what other people are doing (or not doing). Because it turns out that ensuring you are being collaborative is the most powerful way to encourage others are too.
This is more than just a nice idea—it’s a way of being and engaging with others that puts you in the driver’s seat of your own performance, transforming both your professional relationships and your personal ones as well. Rather than being pollyannish, this is actually much more rigorous—and more challenging—than remaining the victim of other people’s actions or ignorance. And it’s definitely much more rewarding.
In my next few posts, we’ll look more closely at each of these five 𝐅𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 principles and how to begin embodying them in your everyday collaborations. Please hit the subscribe bell in my profile to follow along.