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3 Hallmarks of a Top Performer

Look across business, sports, entertainment, and the military, and identify the top performers. Next, take a step back at look at the characteristics of these individuals. What you will find is that there are at least three elements they all have.

  1. They know how to maximize through self-knowledge. Top performers have intimate self-knowledge. They know themselves — their strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and vices. They know how to use this knowledge to stretch and apply themselves. Furthermore, they know how to sustain themselves.
  2. They know how to work with the environment. Top performers know and understand their environment. This enables leaders to work with and within the environment effectively, shape it, and be in tune with it.
  3. They know (and use) the ingredients for a top performance. Top performers know what makes a top performance. They know that it requires planning, preparation, delivery, and evaluation. And they execute — each time.
  4. By focusing on this handful of goals, you can be a top performer and encourage your team to do the same. In the end, maximizing the performance of each individual will maximize the performance of the team and, eventually, the total supply chain.

5 comments on “3 Hallmarks of a Top Performer

  1. SP
    December 13, 2013

    Very much in agreement that these are the hallmarks of a top performer.

    Also a top performer has to keep emotions under control. In corporate culture, you have to be in good books of people to be termed top performer. 

  2. t.alex
    December 14, 2013

    Can we say that these are result-driven individuals?

  3. itguyphil
    December 14, 2013

    I'd say you have to keep emotions out of your decision making altogether to be successful.

  4. SP
    December 15, 2013

    Definitely the emotions needs to be controlled in decision making but also while performing and reporting tasks. Its true even engineers needs to be in full control of their emotions if they want tobe the top performers.

  5. itguyphil
    December 23, 2013

    Everyone does in all industries for the most part.

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