Why I wrote FCP

You’re in the conference room with your executive team wrestling with a perplexing and costly problem. Despite the deep experience around the table, it feels more like a tug-of-war than a productive conversation. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. It was meetings like this with my own leadership team years ago that led to my interest and career helping other executives to collaborate better.

Early on, many of my clients sought help to solve a specific problem with this person or that team. Over time, their focus shifted to seeking skills to transform their collaborative performance for themselves and for their teams. They recognized that effective collaboration would help them solve their problems better, while also enabling them to define better problems in the first place.

So, in addition to coaching leaders and their teams, I designed a series of workshops that enabled my colleagues and me to bring our unorthodox approach to collaborative performance to people throughout the organization. We’ve led these workshops (called “Full Contact Collaboration”) for teams around the world, and in every workshop I’d hear the same question: “Do you have a book about this?” Until now, my answer has been “Sorry—no.”

But in a few months that answer will change with the publication of my new book, “Full Contact Performance: The Internal Art of Organizational Collaboration.” The book weaves together years of practice and insights from diverse fields like organizational leadership, psychology, martial arts, linguistics, and powerful mind-body practices. It’s organized around a powerful truth: You hold the key to effective collaboration. It’s not out there, it’s within you. This isn’t just a platitude—the book details why and how this is actually true—and how to harness this fact to transform your performance.

But honestly, I didn’t just write this book for others. I also wrote it for myself, to better understand what I’ve been doing over these 30+ years of working with executives and teams. And it’s been both an exciting and a humbling experience. After four years of effort, my initial manuscript was a hefty 1200 pages. Thankfully, my patient editor told me the manuscript actually contained three books, and I should just focus on one to start with.

“Full Contact Performance” is an invitation to discover the real source of your collaborative power—to turn the mirror on yourself instead of pointing fingers at your colleagues. We can’t always change others, but we can control our words, our body, and how we use our attention. We can learn to view problems from a very different perspective. All essential for stellar collaboration.

So, if you’re an executive or manager wrestling with alignment issues, navigating a culture of fear and distrust, or wondering how to foster real accountability in your team, this book is for you.

You can pre-order the book using the link in the comments and embark on your journey toward Full Contact Performance.


May 30, 2023 by Grayson James

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