Introduction to the Five Principles of Full Contact Performance

Full Contact Performance is about transforming our capacity for collaborating effectivelyโ€”even with those โ€œnon-collaborativeโ€ folks you may struggle to work with. It rests on five pillars: ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ, ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐€๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, ๐๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž, and ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.
These principles invite us to dig deeper into ourselves, going beyond conventional approaches to teamwork. They help us expand our ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ of our own actions and their impact on others. They remind us that we are hardwired for ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, constantly influencing and being influenced by those around us. They highlight that we are always at the center of the ๐€๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง, active participants in our collaborative challenges.
But understanding these principles is only the start. As with any skill, truly transforming our collaborative performance takes ๐๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž. And clear ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. Making ๐…๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ with your colleagues isnโ€™t about maximizing your immediate gain at the expense of theirs. Itโ€™s not about bulldozing over or bypassing tough conversations. Itโ€™s about setting your own clear intentionโ€”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 ideaโ€”it’s a way of being and engaging with others that puts you in the driverโ€™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 rigorousโ€”and more challengingโ€”than remaining the victim of other peopleโ€™s actions or ignorance. And itโ€™s definitely much more rewarding.
In my next few posts, weโ€™ll look more closely at each of these five ๐…๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ principles and how to begin embodying them in your everyday collaborations. Please hit the subscribe bell in my profile to follow along.

June 1, 2023 by Grayson James

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