Principles

Principles are things that prove true 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.

There is a kind of dialog between individual and team development that is visible in these areas.

They all focus on mastery and results in way that wins out over dogma.

In these domains, individuals (and teams) actively experiment. This drives learning and improvement.

As a result, people methodically develop their skills. They cultivate powerful habits. They create new pathways in their brains. They unlock hidden potential in their genetic code.

We think that’s amazing.

Styles are broken down and combined in new ways to innovate.

Diverse groups of people come together and work hard in service of a common vision of the future.

We think that’s all amazing too.

These are great metaphors - great models for life.

We are at our best in teams
As people, we connect with others from the moment we come into life.

It starts with family units. We organize upward from there.

We are social animals; happiest and most successful through connection to others - even when focused on self-development.

Meaning drives performance.
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.