What could have helped Malcolm Turnbull?

In Australia we have just had our national election, but a clear winner is yet to be announced. With the microscopic attention on our potential leaders, I wonder if the physiological and psychological performance of the candidates has been monitored as closely as the potential political outcome? I would suggest not.

 

The election campaign is just like training for match day. How you prepare along the way affects your overall performance. The immense stress on our political leaders by their parties and long hours on the campaign trail have a major effect on their sleep, diet and physical activity.  

 

Like any fatigued athlete, a fatigued politician will make mistakes. Just take a look at the commentary on Malcolm Turnbull’s election night speech.  If only his party realised how much fatigue can impact performance.

 

How was the Liberal leader sleeping throughout the 8 week campaign? Reduction of quantity and quality of sleep has been shown to have a negative relationship to cognitive performance and is even more reason why sleep should be monitored if you want to perform at your best.

 

Stress is also known to have a negative impact on cognition. Did anyone take the time to gauge the stress levels of Malcolm Turnbull and develop strategies to manage this?

 

Physical activity on the other hand, has a positive effect on how our mind operates and while Turnbull may have been on his feet all day, how much time did he actually devote to exercise? However, pushing yourself to exercise when you are already fatigued may have the opposite effect.

 

Having knowledge of the real time physiological and cognitive fatigue status of people can be used to predict potential issues and inform adjustments that can be made to ensure that the individual remains in their optimal performance zone.There is no doubt that the same analysis could have been used for Malcolm Turnbull to ensure his ability to perform was maximised.

 

As we await a final result, one thing is for certain, the new Prime Minister has a long road ahead of them, with constant high expectations on their performance. There is no doubt that an individual needs to be aware of their fatigue levels,and adjust their approach, if their full potential is to be maximised.

 

People and Performance

I spend the majority of my time helping people to maximise their potential to perform and have been doing this for many years. In this time, I have found “monitoring” to play a major role in respect to enabling positive performance.

However, often people get confused as to what “monitoring” actually is. I think one way of  explaining this is to use the analogy of the flight deck of an aeroplane where the pilot can view data to ensure the plane is functioning to its optimal level. This data is generated by technology that “monitors” the performance of the engine etc and the data is illustrated in the dashboard.

My job is to know what data needs to be generated and monitored so we can be sure HUMANS  are  performing to their optimal level. The issue is that we “monitor” so many non-living objects very effectively but we do not monitor the living human on a regular daily basis.  

 Check ups at the doctor can be a “monitoring” experience with blood pressure and other variables measured but how is this optimising day to day performance? The regular daily analysis of important data is vital in maximising the performance of people.

What data is illustrated on your dashboard?

Do you have a dashboard for those that are working for you? 

Are you or your staff performing to their optimal level?

If we have regular data for things that we use why not have it on ourselves? It’s crazy that we have more up to date information on our cars than we have on the people driving them.

The most important asset we have is people,  however,  too often we put far greater emphasis on other assets than the Human. By the implementation of a monitoring system that collects, analyses and presents regular information we can help maximse the potential of people  to perform.