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7 Principles For Exceptional Performance Summary

Seven Principles for Exceptional Performance focuses on developing people’s strengths and vital elements of effective leadership. Looking to the future, the Seven Principles provide a blueprint for effective action. The book draws on the latest insights from Neuroscience and Applied Psychology. It also highlights the limitations of the ‘clever thinking’ that dominates in Finance, Economics, Law and Technology (the ‘FELT’ Mindset). It’s referred to as FELT Thinking and the FELT Deficit, which affects business, politics and everyday life.



Seven Principles Book Summary:

The book starts by looking at the complexity of modern life, including the challenges presented by Artificial Intelligence. It then focuses on the Seven Principles that are linked to exceptional performance.


The First Principle focuses on the importance of maintaining consistent values and standards. This helps Direct the Compass. It involves looking at activities in terms of the ‘what’ and the ‘how’.


The Second Principle involves initiative and a positive, proactive approach. However, we also need to appreciate the context - and avoid the danger of hubris, excessive self-confidence and poor judgment.


The Third Principle relates to understanding motivation, overcoming the FELT Deficit and clarifying priorities. Gaining insight and purpose also contributes to ‘Flow’, when we get fully involved in what we are doing.


The Fourth Principle builds on the personal strengths and competencies of superior performance. Purposeful Conversations can help develop capability - and are linked to Intentional Change and Personal Development.


The Fifth Principle involves fixing negative attitudes and mindset issues. We need to overcome a lack of self-awareness and address the Dysfunctional Behaviour that hinders progress in ourselves and others.


The Sixth Principle looks at how we develop the resilience to handle pressure and everyday demands. The focus is on building the ‘Psychological Capital’ (PsyCap) that enables us to deal with adversity and setbacks.


The Seventh Principle focuses on Enabling Conditions contributing to well-being and high performance. These are contrasted with environments that damage motivation, commitment and creativity.


Following the review of the 7 Principles, the book looks at leadership - and issues relating to the UK Brexit Years. Part 4 focuses on coaching and the steps linked to exceptional performance. The 7 Principles are also explored in the Pario #onlineleadershipcourse and the Pario video on YouTube #leadershipcourse