Aug 8 / Amanda Slinger

Disruptive Excellence: redefining organisational performance

In the unyielding quest for organisational excellence, the pivotal roles of C-Suite executives and managers overseeing people and safety can't be overstated. However, the familiar methods and strategies used for so long won't 'cut the mustard' in confronting the challenges posed by our ever-evolving work environments.

To truly excel in the present and future landscape, key decision-makers will need to consider innovative and unconventional approaches to performance improvement. It’s this willingness to explore uncharted territories that’s going to set apart the truly visionary leaders.

In this article, we’ll explore the top three dynamic strategies that will propel organisational success in the workplace today and illuminate the hidden powerhouse of personal and organisational performance—the formidable impact of sleep.

Before delving into the future of organisational excellence, it's crucial to acknowledge the enduring significance of traditional approaches to performance improvement, which form the bedrock of organisational excellence.

These include:
• Defining clear, specific, and inspiring goals
• Building and nurturing a strong leadership team
• Streamlining processes to enhance efficiency
• Promoting a customer-centric approach
• Monitoring key performance indicators
• Leading by example and communicating effectively

Now, let's embark on exploring the future landscape of revolutionising our approach to excellence. 

Embracing a Culture of Learning, Adaptability, and Inclusion

A hallmark of companies that thrive over the next decade will be their commitment to a culture of learning, adaptability, and inclusion. This powerful combination creates a forward-thinking environment where employees, teams and the organisation can flourish.
  • A culture of learning promotes continuous learning, skill expansion, and knowledge-sharing among employees, fostering an environment where curiosity and innovation thrive. This mindset empowers employees to safely explore new ideas, adapt to emerging trends, embrace new technologies and experiment with different approaches. 
  • Embracing adaptability encourages leaders and employees to remain flexible, resilient, and open to change. Adaptable teams can swiftly adjust their strategies and find creative solutions when faced with challenges or unexpected shifts, turning challenges into opportunities for growth.
  • A culture of inclusion nurtures humility and understanding, ensuring that every individual, regardless of their background or identity, feels valued and appreciated. Diverse perspectives and ideas help drive creativity, innovation, and problem-solving.
The characteristics organisations will need to be magnets for attracting and retaining top talent includes a commitment to leveraging the synergistic mix of learning, adaptability, and inclusion.

Integrating Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are the dynamic duo of cutting-edge technologies and are emerging as driving forces behind organisational performance optimisation. Integrating AI and ML into organisational workflows offers several avenues to drive performance optimisation.
  • AI-powered data analytics enables organisations to extract valuable insights from vast datasets, empowering decision-makers to make informed choices based on real-time information. Predictive analytics allows for proactive planning and risk assessment, leading to better resource allocation and cost management.
  • ML facilitates process automation, streamlining repetitive tasks and freeing up human resources for more strategic and creative endeavours. Automating routine operations reduces errors, improves efficiency and safety, and accelerates response times.
Perhaps the most significant impact of AI and ML integration lies in unlocking innovation and providing a competitive advantage. By harnessing these technologies, businesses can explore new possibilities in product development, customer experience, and market expansion. 

Prioritising Healthy Habits and Employee Wellbeing

Amid the hustle and bustle of achieving tangible business outcomes, it may feel overwhelming to carve out the time and resources for employee wellness initiatives and how do we know they’ll work?

Embracing a holistic approach to wellbeing is not just a trendy buzzword, it can be the key to unlocking a thriving and resilient workforce. However, when developing a wellbeing program, there are several crucial factors that must be considered to ensure its effectiveness and positive impact on employees and the organisation.
  • Start with small, tangible steps that have a positive impact on employees' lives, gradually building a culture that supports wellbeing one step at a time and measuring results along the way.
  • Leverage data-driven insights through employee surveys and analysing metrics such as absenteeism, productivity, accidents rates, employee turnover to gauge the effectiveness of wellbeing initiatives.
  • Foster an inclusive approach that considers diversity and inclusivity aspects when designing initiatives, addressing the diverse needs and perspectives of the workforce, ensuring the most vulnerable are well supported rather than just the healthy and engaged.
  • Integrate wellbeing into the fabric of the company's core values and mission, demonstrating that employee wellbeing is more than a series of benefits, it’s a part of companies’ overall decision-making and instilled into corporate culture. 
By taking small, data-driven steps, fostering an inclusive approach, and aligning wellbeing with organisational values, businesses can expect to see sustainable improvements in organisational performance.

Wellbeing Case-Study: The Overlooked Power of Sleep on Organisational Performance

In the pursuit of performance optimisation, one crucial aspect often overlooked is the profound impact of sleep (or lack of it) on employee and leadership performance.

The daytime consequences of poor sleep can be devastating to organisational performance:
  • Safety performance - fatigue, increase in errors, accidents, and risk-taking behaviour. 
  • Physical health – immunity, ill-health and illness, absenteeism.
  • Mental health - emotional instability/irritability, anxiety, depression, and burnout.
  • Cognitive performance - communication, decision-making, creativity, problem-solving, strategic thinking.
  • Employee engagement – motivation, communication, presenteeism, talent retention.
Only a handful of leaders genuinely grasp the impact of sleep on both employee and organisational performance, and rarer still are those who are acquainted with the types and prevalence of sleep issues within their workforce or the strategies to positively enhance the quality of employee sleep.

An employee sleep education program is an example of a wellbeing program that can deliver significant, sustainable benefits to performance.

By recognising the critical role of sleep and prioritising employee wellbeing, organisations can unlock the hidden powerhouse of personal and organisational performance.


In the relentless pursuit of disruptive excellence, embracing a culture of learning, harnessing cutting-edge technologies, and prioritising employee wellbeing, including the overlooked power of sleep, will undoubtedly redefine organisational performance and set visionary leaders apart.

So, what are you doing to ensure your efforts will in fact 'cut the mustard'? And, what could you be doing?

Share this article with your colleagues and explore these questions as a team.