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8 Steps To High Performance
You can only achieve high performance when you have a high performer’s mindset. That mindset is one of competitive edge and self-sacrifice and prioritizing performances at work above your other options
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Focus on what you can change (Ignore the rest) - Marc Effron
‘Do not try to change yourself. You are unlikely to succeed. But work hard to improve the way you perform’ – Peter Drucker
3. Grow yourself faster
5. Maximize your fit
6. Fake it
7. Commit your body
8. Avoid distractions
These combined items predict up to 50 % of anyone’s individual performance. You can call them the fixed 50 %.
You control every other factor that drives your performance from your capabilities and behavior to the size of your network.
What’s the benefit of being a high performer? High performance will get you more of what you value, whether that’s flexibility, power, opportunity, pay, or recognition.
Science says that high-performance employees deliver anything between 100 % to 500 % more output than the average employee.
IQ is inherited about 50 % of the time and makes for a 25% impact of your performance. Blame your parents.
The average college students IQ is 115. Higher IQ matters if you have a complex job, however, a high IQ can make you less of an effective manager.
Another gift from your parents is personality, which like intelligence is about 50 % inherited. Women tend to get better ratings than men, but lower salary increases. Race bias occurs globally, is pervasive and not disappearing fast enough.
You can only achieve high performance when you have a high performer’s mindset. That mindset is one of competitive edge and self-sacrifice and prioritizing performance at work above your other options.
You will be evaluated not just for what you deliver but also relative to how others perform. That's going to be true throughout your life, and its best to recognize that.
When are you, your worst enemy?
1. When you externalize failure
2. We assign intent to other’s actions
3. We ignore information that can help us perform.
1. Set Big Goals
Bigger goals focused on the right things, allow you to demonstrate higher performance. The bigger goal also test your capabilities and build self-confidence in your ability to deliver great results in the future. since bigger goals are more challenging to achieve, you’re forced to build new skills and capabilities to achieve them.
Science about goals
1. Goals matter
2. Bigger goals increase what we deliver
3. Fewer goals means higher achievement ( this is against conventional company MBOs)
4. Coach toward the future
2. Behave to perform
Behaviors help you differentiate yourself as a high performer because they prove that you can do more than just get things done. High performers work hard to identify the most productive behaviors, learn new behaviors where needed and stop showing the less helpful ones.
The science of high-performance behaviors
1. Understand yourself
2. Choose the right behaviors
3. Adapt quickly
Your personality strongly influences your behaviors but does not control them.
There are some basic behaviors that you need to have, else you cannot be a high performer-ethical, honest, fair, not screaming at employees etc.
4 things Transformational leaders do well
Study on behaviors of CEOS
What they show
• High standards
What they don't show
• Open to criticism
• Team work
Everyone around us sees us more accurately than we see ourselves. That is because we are wonderfully delusional about our own capabilities and behaviors and the less capable we are, the more delusional we are.
The 11 Hogan derailers
1. Excitable –seems to lack persistence
2. Skeptical-seems to lack trust
3. Cautious-resistant to change and reluctant to take chances
4. Reserved-seems to be a poor communicator
5. Leisurely-seems stubborn an uncooperative
6. Bold-seems unable to admit mistakes or learn from them
7. Mischievous-seems to have trouble maintaining commitments
8. Colorful-seems preoccupied with being noticed
9. Imaginative-seems creative but lacking in judgement
10. Diligent-tends to disempower staff
11. Dutiful-tends to be pleasant but does not support subordinates
3. Grow yourself faster
You compete everyday against every individual in your company or industry who
wants to be a high performer. If you grow more capabilities quickly, you ill earn more opportunities to perform better in the future.
The great news about growing is that you have a lot of control on how fast you grow and how much you grow. When you grow, you build crystallized intelligence – giving you more facts, insights, and observations that you can use for better results.
There are two types of experiences –
functional experiences X management experiences = faster growth
Differences between experiences, behaviors and skills
|Drive car from home to work without an accident||Obeyed all traffic rules and was polite to other drivers||Can operate a car, is able to read and understand road signs|
|Built and opened a new widget factory in a developing country||Understood and operated within a local culture push them to meet deadlines||Managed large-scale project, union relations, production scheduling|
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