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Top Performer Perspective: Observations

top-performer-perspective-observationsFor several weeks we’ve been discussing common perspectives we’ve observed in top performers. These top performers have come from around the globe and from multiple roles across different industries. While we want to share several more top performer perspectives, we thought it would be appropriate to take just a brief pause and note a couple of observations about the perspectives we’ve discussed.

Here’s the list so far:

  • dreaming
  • humble
  • patient
  • resolute
  • dealing with bureaucracy
  • storytelling
  • team oriented
  • team alignment
  • trusting
  • technically competent
  • willingness to share

Eleven perspectives, shared by almost all top performers. The important question as we reflect on this list is whether these perspectives are predictive or descriptive. In other words, does having these traits make one a top performer? Or do top performers develop these perspectives?

Actually, it’s probably a bit of both. We’ve generally found that people who share these perspectives tend to outperform others. However, we’ve also seen ample evidence that people who desire to become top performers are intentional about cultivating these perspectives. So, yes, it’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg discussion, but one worth pondering.

Next week we’ll share some specific commonalities between top performer perspectives that will create thought and introspection.


Questions to ponder:

  • What observations do you have about these top performer perspectives? What, if anything, do they have in common?
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