Think back to last week. What didn’t go well for you? Think of something you said or how you said it that it was taken wrong. Think about something you did or didn’t do that didn’t help the cause. Think of a result that didn’t measure up to expectations—yours or anyone else’s. Then ask yourself, “If I could have done something differently that would have helped, what could I have done?”
By asking the question this way, you assume responsibility for the outcome and it forces you to do something that high performers do routinely: they use their failures to learn how to be more effective. They know they can’t continue to do the same thing again and expect a different result. Instead, they are determined to do something else to get the results they want.
• How about that condescending tone?
• Or that delay in communicating to your team?
• Or minimizing someone’s concern because you think it isn’t important?
• Or assuming the worst from someone and taking it personally?
• Or insinuating it’s someone else’s fault?
These are all little things that you can easily put on others as their problem. That’s EXACTLY what high performers DON’T do. Instead, they pay attention to the little things that make the big difference and make changes in themselves.
From last week’s underperformance, what can you learn? What should you do differently next time? Don’t be like average professionals. Assume the responsibility for results and make the personal changes that not only get results, but make you better as well. Welcome to the tribe of high performers.
Read Related Blogs:
Appreciation is Nice From last week’s Message, I received a nice comment from a reader who indicated that he appreciated the Monday Messages and gets a lot out of them. It was nice because I usually don’t hear from very many readers (you?) about whether these Messages...
Your Health Needs YOU For the last five months, the globe has been under extreme pressure caused by the pandemic. It has redefined work, tanked the economy, destroyed education and dampened social relationships. Interestingly, all the stress and anxiety people felt is...
Remember Those Days? Remember when you would hold off communicating with staff until you were both in the office at the same time? Remember when you could walk down the hall and quickly ascertain how your jobs were going and how your people were doing? Remember how...