The key to success in ultrarunning lies in finding what it takes to keep going, adjusting effort and approach to situations as you find them, and holding a long-term perspective on the wider impact that each step of the way has on the race as a whole.
Using athletics as a metaphor for performance in the workplace is certainly not a new idea, but Ultra is unique in that it highlights the importance of heightened mind and body awareness in achieving Ultra levels of performance, and the moment by moment skills associated with excellence that are equally vital to success in business and in life.
An ‘ultra’ is a foot race that goes beyond the marathon… 30 miles, 50 miles, often more.
The ultra race is used throughout our programmes as a metaphor for ongoing and sustainable performance and the importance of physical awareness in achieving it.
We focus on key training points that are vital for success in ultrarunning, and apply these concepts to work and life situations to offer a variety of dynamic ways to approach the attainment of peak performance.
The keys to Ultra performance: Core, Stamina, Agility, Flexibility, Threshold, Speed, Strength, Release
The work will explore the capabilities of individuals, the culture of the organisation itself and the day-by-day interactional patterns within working practice.
We develop an awareness of how to increase and sustain performance by looking at the individual as a whole, and the organisation as a complete entity, impacting on and benefiting from the performance of the individuals within it.
The work is designed to be measurable, and diagnostics allow progress to be tracked.
Our aim is to align personal vision with corporate intentions and create sustainability, whatever the circumstances.
A physical programme can be designed to run alongside the development coaching, and we strongly encourage this.
Benefits to your organisation
Peak performance at an individual level across all aspects of life boosts organisational performance, reinforcing and sustaining unique and sustainable standards of excellence.
• become more aware and committed to living the values embedded in your practices
• make sense of the meaning and consequences of your actions and interactions with others
• notice contradictions in everyday practice and how you can work together to reduce these
• know when to take action to adjust goals and adapt practices to get and stay on track
Over time, Ultra leaves a legacy of best performing practices embedded in individual capability and the supporting organisation culture.
“There is a source of energy at the core of you that you can always draw upon, and there is a point inside you that is always still, calm and clear whatever is going on outside. Running has taught me this. But whether you run or not, this place is within you and now, more than ever, when the very foundations of our world seem to have been shaken, this is the time to know you have the power to sustain yourself and even to improve your performance further than you thought possible.”