Principles

Principles are things that prove true and useful across different situations. Those situations can be in different domains or in different times.

Our mission is not to be the best project management tool or the best goal tracking tool. It's not to be the best personal planner or executive dashboard. Each of these elements must come in to play to serve our mission of helping people be their best at work and in life.

The principles below guide and focus ResultMaps’ evolution.

Life is part sport, part performing art.
Jazz music, team sports like basketball, and martial arts offer mental models that can help people excel in any domain. These domains emphasize the interplay between individual and team development. They feature a focus on results that simplifies the process of finding more efficient ways to improve.

In these domains, individuals (and teams) actively experiment to learn and improve. Skills are methodically developed. Habits are intentionally cultivated. Styles are broken down and combined in new ways to innovateDiverse groups of people come together and work hard in service of a common vision of the future.

Teams are always involved for people to become their best.
We connect with others from the moment we enter the world. It starts with family units as we organize into ever-larger teams. We are social animals; happiest and most successful through connection to others - even when focused on self-development.

Performance follows meaning.
We perform at a level that follows the strength of our answer to the question “why?” This is as true working behind a counter as it is when inventing a new way to get to space. The "why" provides a sense of context and meaning that our brains need in order to function at peak state. When that sense is strong, energy, creativity, resilience, growth, and performance follow.

Performance follows belief and mindset
Skills are developed incrementally over time and through conscious effort. Behaviors are learned and/or trained. Habits are formed and can be replaced. The human brain’s ability to adapt in response change has been observed and documented in scientific research. Beliefs and mindset have been shown to impact performance.

Focus on results to decide on the right tools at the right time
The mechanics of getting results include processes, methodologies and practices. Knowing the desired result improves decisions about tools and mechanics. However, using a tool without knowledge of the desired result will waste effort, time and money.

A “big hairy audacious goal” is a useful tool for inspiring improvement and engagement. Setting an “every day” habit creation goal is a different tool. Both may work. Sometimes they may work together. Other times only one may be appropriate.