Performance is an observable set of behaviours.
Imagine you are watching a tennis match, a hockey game or a ballet. The performance is experienced in the behaviours. When we watch those performances we create a video tape in our mind that we can play back as we recall our experience.
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking performance in the workplace or on the race track, playing the piano or writing a novel. The better you perform, the more success and enjoyment you get from the activity.
Obviously, high performance in the workplace – in your job, or of your business – can have huge financial implications. Performing well may not be the only thing that leads to a promotion, but it may make the difference whether you have a job or not. And a business’s performance is what makes or breaks it.
Performance is the result and leads to results. Ironically, when we focus on the results, we often don’t perform as well as we could; therefore, we don’t achieve the results we’re after. But when we focus on our performance, we perform better, achieving the results we’re after. That’s why performance leads to results, and why we need to focus on our performance.
Performance improvement must be customized to the individual. While there are common factors that impact – both positively and negatively – our performance and the performance of the teams, organizations, and businesses we’re in, this is not a one-size-fits-all situation. What improves your performance may not work for a co-worker or teammate. What works for me may not work for you.
High Performance is a choice. People that consistently perform at a high level are proactive – they don’t wait for a problem to crop up and then look for ways to fix it. No, they constantly look for ways to enhance their performance, no matter how well they’re performing today. Their goal is to perform better tomorrow than they did today, and to perform better the day after that. They make a choice to be proactive about improving their performance. Performance leads to The Zone.
You know, that state that you sometimes get into during an activity, where you get totally absorbed, lose track of time, are completely focused, it seems almost effortless, you feel confident, and you perform at your peak? That’s being in The Zone. With the right approach you can trigger zone-performance on a more consistent basis.
Dr. Jim Sellner, PhD., DipC.
Author: Leadership for Einsteins: How Smart Leaders Bring Out the Genius in People
Account-Ability: The Science of Human Performance — The Skill &Will of Getting Things Done
“For any manager who sees room for improvement at work, Leadership for Einsteins is the best place to start. Dr. Sellner shows how you can elevate your emotional intelligence in order to lead your team and organization to new heights of success!”
~Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times and global bestseller, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and dozens of other books. Also a Thinkers 50 Top Ten Global Business Thinker and top-ranked executive coach.