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Performance is about fostering the right
It’s also about aligning your business to a performance
The Achieve System™ was developed over a decade of intensive work with world-class athletes and trainers around a single goal:
To translate the proven mental practices that fuel Olympic-level athletic performance into a systematic, scalable methodology for high performance in organizations.
“Any anecdotal advice works when it’s the right advice at the right time, but that’s not scalable. Our methodology is a system, it’s totally scalable and it meets organizations where they are.”
– Mark Cunningham, CEO, The Achieve Institute
The Achieve System™ is industry and role agnostic
The system works wherever human beings are at work or working to maximize performance. It can be easily and precisely customized to meet almost any type of performance challenge.
Our methodology is designed to meet individuals wherever they are on the ladders of leadership, organization structure, and role maturity from the entry-level new hire to the seasoned executive.
Once internalized, the Achieve System™ becomes a durable performance asset that people can take with them as they migrate across projects.
Kris Macchiarola, Director of Client Services
Our methodology revolves around three guiding principles:
We don't fix what you have. We help you create what you need.
Most performance methodologies are unconsciously oriented backward, anchored in past performance, and addressing past problems. Our decades of experience have proven that shifting your focus from fixing problems to creating opportunities yields tremendous bottom-line results.
If you don't know where you are going, you can't get there.
All too often, what “success” looks like has never been clearly defined. Yet real performance gains and transformational change require quantifying a future state of optimal business performance and working to realize that. We call this future state your “Point B” or North Star.
A performance culture orients people toward creating their future.
Building a performance culture isn’t the same as meeting a near-term goal, fixing a problem, or crossing a finish line. Once you understand the operating framework of your people and teams, you can align your business approach, connecting to possibility rather than being stuck in the past.
We bridge the gap between high quality and high performance.
Traditional consulting companies focus on what. We focus on the how.
Six Sigma. Agile. Kaizen and Zero Defects. Lean Manufacturing and Theory of Constraints. Each of these laudable and useful programs has brought hybrids (Lean Six Sigma), derivatives, and spin-offs (Kanban, Scrum). And each, in turn, has contributed greatly to the science of continuous improvement and quality management.
While some of these methodologies acknowledge the role of human beings in performance improvement, none of them engage people – individuals, teams, and entire workforces – at the level of default emotional states and resultant mindsets.
Yet, these dynamics – such as beliefs, identity, attitudes, and worldview – are the keys to transforming culture and driving innovation. Rather than an arduous process of immersion in the problem, the Achieve System™ re-orients your teams to imagine a desired future state of performance and then helps them create the path to get there.
This shift in approach breaks the hold of accepted constraints, unlocks creativity, and drives efficient, practical innovation, all the while significantly improving the traction of your existing methodologies.
The Achieve System™ helps you align, prioritize, and clarify strategic intent to define future high-performance states, what we call your “Point Bs.“
Then the Achieve System™ helps you bridge the gap between what you know and what’s possible to expand the true capacity of your people.
The Achieve Institute maintains a roster of talented senior performance experts exclusively trained and certified to lead and guide clients in the customized application and delivery of the Achieve System™.
Our certified performance experts include strategic and management consultants, leadership, organizational and learning development professionals, sales and customer service training specialists, operations and process automation developers, and online learning developers and instructors.
The Achieve Institute supports these certified experts with a performance knowledge base, customizable online learning platform, and a digital library of tools and assets.
Geoff Goetz, SVP Client Delivery
There are multiple ways to apply the Achieve System™
End-to-End Enterprise Programs
Our customized business unit and enterprise performance engagements pinpoint performance opportunities and provide detailed action steps to help teams, divisions, organizations, and companies achieve performance improvement, innovation, and transformation with the Achieve System™.
Our performance consulting helps organizations and team leaders discover and address a wide range of tough performance challenges. Relevant applications include sales training, service delivery, strategy execution, organizational, leadership and executive development, management of diversity and inclusion programs, and more.
High Performance Workshops
Designed to foster and reinforce a high-performance business or team culture, our high-impact workshops will help every team members further hone the skills they need to perform and succeed together.
Individual & Group Sessions
Clients often use our monthly one-on-one and group training sessions to help leaders and teams upgrade their cognitive operating frameworks and continue optimizing their business approach so that high performance and results become a “default setting.”
Online Learning Platform
Clients can license access to our proprietary e-learning platform and performance curriculum, giving individuals a 24/7 opportunity to explore and apply practices with just-in-time learning and online experts’ support in the application of the Achieve System™ methodology.
The more you scale the system, the more effective it becomes.
From individuals to teams to entire organizations, the Achieve System™ gives you a systematic way to model and create high performance that ensures your gains are repeatable and scalable, and that your culture achieves a lasting transformation.
What about “the new normal?”
The Achieve System™ is a powerful resource for high performance in the face of instability, uncertainty and disruption such as that caused by M&A, pandemics and trade politicization. Why? Because our methodology leverages universal human mindsets, traits and behaviors independent of circumstances.
Descriptions of experiences always fall far short of the experience itself and the Achieve System™ is first and foremost an experiential methodology.
We encourage you to read our client testimonials and case studies that speak to the lasting power of transformation made possible by the Achieve System™, and we invite you to experience this for yourself through a walkthrough or pilot program.
“We were interested in the science that drives human behavior and had done copious research. We were amazed at the Achieve Institute’s program, and incorporated this approach into all of our diversity and inclusion work. The results were huge.”
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Fortune 100 Healthcare Insurance Company
"If you want your best possible performance and you are willing to listen to and work with the folks at Achieve, you will get it and so much more!”
SVP HR Operations, Fortune 50 Technology Company
“Aligning the concepts of the Achieve Approach with the Operating Framework is the key for leading my teams to greater success. The Achieve concepts of Connect to the Possibility and Create, Don’t Fix stood out the most to me – they are both forward looking.”
Senior Director, Commercial Training & Leadership Development, Biopharmaceutical
“I am already having my team think in terms of infinite possibilities. I also want my team to help come up with Destination Point B rather than me just telling them. That way they will feel more committed and want to achieve it."
IT Director, Fortune 50 Technology Company
“Excellent program. Very supportive and in line with our intentions and objectives as leaders. I would like to see it expand more throughout the company."
Director, Project Management, Top 10 Global Defense Company
“This workshop has caused me to think outside of the box around some of the challenges we are facing. I’ve started communicating the Achieve concepts that I learned from the workshop with my team, and I saw the lightbulbs going off! I really like this approach. I'll be using more of this with my team.”
Director of Market Sales, Fortune 50 Technology Company
"I will focus on progress over perfection. I LOVE the air, water, food concept in prioritizing not only my goals but those of my team, management, customers. A greater awareness of my “capacity circle” will be an important part of my process of self-evaluation."
Senior Director, Payor Accounts, Biopharmaceutical Company
“My group was very engaged throughout the entire event. They told me that the workshop was extremely relevant, and the timing of this workshop was perfect. All elements of the program seemed relevant, the Point B Process, Best Actual, Connect to Possibility, and more. My team is already working on a plan to apply the concepts we learned.”
Senior VP and Network CIO, Fortune 50 Technology Company
“It was meaningful, it was relevant, and I believe it will help the team achieve the cohesiveness we want to for high performance!”
Vice President, Global Medical, Fortune 100 Biotechnology Company
"Working with the Achieve team was great! They were energetic, kept it fun, and had a great way to tie in real examples and reflections to what we presented and talked through."
Manager, Top 100 Global Information Technology Company
“The Achieve System helped me mobilize my team to move faster towards what I saw as achievable. The tools and common language help sustain momentum.”
Regional Director of Operations, International Peace and Security Organization
“The Achieve Institute was helpful as I executed a $1B growth plan. We used Achieve to be more effective and better communicators. My leaders learned to leverage change as a growth opportunity rather than becoming stuck.”
CEO, Top 100 Data Management Company
“The value of The Achieve System™ increases the more you use it. It makes everything else you do move faster. Keep focused on the disciplines of The Achieve System and it works.“
Executive Vice President, GPS Navigation Device Company