Lessons Learnt: Episode 6 – 3 Traits of High Performers
To run a successful business you need to have some key traits. This podcast gives an overview of the top 3 traits I have observed that some of the less known everyday high performers have.
Hey, thanks for listening to the “Lessons Learnt” podcast No 6 The top 3 traits of high performers
I’m Robyn Simpson, founder of Consult Me Group, where it’s all about sharing what I’ve learned from almost 20 years in consulting so others can grow their businesses quickly and easily.
Toady’s podcast is more an observation I’ve made over the past 20+ years of my career, than a question. And I feel its appropriate to share with other business owners, even if its just a reminder of what you already know. Take a moment to consider if you are applying these things fully in your life and business.
As business developers and entrepreneurs we all know of the absolute top performers such as Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Jim Collins and the like.
But there are 100’000s of high performers in business, and lets face it to run a successful business you need to be performing at a high level consistently to grow and sustain success over a long period of time.
These three traits are what I have observed of less prominent high achievers in business and they apply to every business owner, no matter what stage of business you are at.
The first trait is:
High performers surround themselves with people who are at a higher level than themselves. That is, their peer group or team are better at certain skills or are more proficient or experienced in their core area of expertise. A really smart business person will have exceptional advisors and a highly skilled team. The two things they need to be exceptional at themselves is leadership and delegation.
High performers generally don’t suffer fools easily. They don’t waste time on gossip or general chit chat, which can sometimes come across as arrogant. It’s not that they are meaning to be rude, they are simply busy people with other priorities who choose to spend their time on productive activities and conversations.
The second trait is:
High performers are not afraid to ask. If they don’t know something, they ask people until they ascertain the right answer for them. That’s not to say they rely on others answering all their questions. The distinction is that they ask people for their opinion or experiences in relation to a specific problem or challenge. Then they consider what they have learnt as a whole, and deduce their own answer. The highest performers are great at observing challenges from all angles and deciding the most appropriate course of action.
They also have the confidence to ask for help when they need it, which is a slight distinction from asking a question. Asking for help is harder and can feel uncomfortable, so it takes a bit of courage to be able to ask for assistance. But High performers understand they can progress faster with the help of others than trying to persevere on their own.
As an extension to the ability to ask questions, they also do so respectfully and are more often than not willing to give back to those they call on when the time is right. They work on an unwritten mutual exchange policy rather than to simply take.
The third trait
of high performers I have observed is their propensity to take calculated risks. They seem to have a higher risk thresh hold than other people. That’s not to say every risk they take works out – quite often that’s not the case. However they learn from their experiences (good or bad) and add that learning to their tool box for future reference.
High performers aren’t one time learners. One time learners are people who try something once, and if it doesn’t work, they claim “that didn’t work!” and they never try it again. High performers take stock of what happened and what could be done differently to get a better result, then try again.
And as a finishing note, high performers take absolute responsibility for themselves. They understand their part in every decision and every result. Blaming others or situations is not in their nature.
I know you’ve probably heard all of these things before. But I encourage you, as a high performance mentor, to really think about each point honestly and objectively assess whether you apply these traits in your life and business.
High performers listen at a different depth. They don’t just hear the surface message, they listen and look for ways to apply the lessons in their every day lives. It’s called active learning.
Thanks for listening. We hope you found it useful.
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Thanks again… here’s to your success.