For the Leader in You

Amp Up YOUR Performance!

Have you noticed how some people—some leaders—are always high performers? They never break a sweat and nothing seems to faze them. They handle stressful situations with equanimity and never seem out-of-control. They are more resilient and less reactive. The question is: how do you amp up your performance?

Step It Up

Believe it or not, it’s simpler than you think to amp up your performance. Imagine being an even higher performer, being perceived as not just a hard worker, but as someone who gets it done with aplomb. Imagine inspiring loyalty and dedication from your colleagues because of your commitment to excellence and ability to deliver. And high performance is an essential attribute of those who are more “self-actualized,” meaning that you are more satisfied by your work while you are doing better work. You are also less reactive and more resilient. Sound good?

Three Steps to Stepping It Up

To improve your workplace performance, you must focus on what’s called the Performance Sequence in the Actualized Leader framework. The Performance Sequence consists of three attributes, one at the Cognition Level, Emotion Level, and Behavior Level. Considering the attributes in sequence is important because what you think leads to how you feel, which leads to how you behave.

Thus, to improve performance, you generally need to start with the degree to which you are able to Hyperfocus; then consider the degree to which you Trust others; and finally, reflect on the degree to which you are in the Flow. The attributes are further described below:

 

Performance Sequence

Cognition Emotion

Behavior

Hyperfocus

You engage in an intense form of mental concentration or visualization focused on a subject or activity, allowing you to be more immersed in the task-at-hand.

Trust

You are trusting and are thus willing to develop and maintain a confident expectation in the reliability, integrity, and capability of others.

Flow

You consistently engage in peak performance working on challenging tasks where you become so engaged that you lose track of time. You are “in the zone.”

 

Remember, you have the freedom to choose your response, attitude, and approach to anyone or any situation. While it may be difficult to simply choose to improve performance, if you unpack what it takes, it can be quite simple.  All you need to do is improve your Hyperfocus, Trust, and Flow. I’ve provided a few suggestions in the table below:

 

Performance Sequence

Cognition Emotion

Behavior

Hyperfocus

Stop kidding yourself. You aren’t multi-tasking; you’re multi-switching. Work for 15 minutes on a project without distraction, then decide if you’ll work another 15 minutes on it.

Trust

Ensure that expectations are clear, set milestones based on the person’s experience, and use coaching skills to ensure that your colleague has identified and addressed obstacles to success.

Flow

Turn off email, your phone, your computer’s volume and work on a project until you’re out of ideas; switch to the next project and repeat.

Interested in your confirming your leadership style, shadow, and the degree to which you are self-actualized? Take the Actualized Leader Profile short form at http://alpfree.com. For more information about the unabridged version of the Actualized Leadership Profile, which provides your score on the Nine Attributes of Actualized Leaders—including the Confidence Sequence, Performance Sequence, and Renewal Sequence—contact me. I’d be delighted to share it with you!

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