Trick 2: Draw energy from your past successes

graphic of a worried-looking person trapped between two spiked walls closing in
graphic of a worried-looking person trapped between two spiked walls closing in
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Formula 1 is a great example of performing under pressure. With millions of people watching and the clock ticking, every tenth of a second counts. When drivers pit, the pressure is on for their crew to get them back on the track as quickly as possible. The entire team must work together to deliver performance under extreme pressure.

The actors who perform on stage or the athletes who participate in competitive sports also need to perform in high-pressure situations. How are they able to deal with the pressure of performing in front of thousands of people who might judge them?


Because you get out what you put in

A graphic showing a series of questions to ask when managing a high performer, and a quotation “Talent is the multiplier.”
A graphic showing a series of questions to ask when managing a high performer, and a quotation “Talent is the multiplier.”
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High performers in any organisation aren’t easy to manage. With their uncanny ability to produce outstanding work and an appetite to solve tough problems, they demand even greater attention and engagement from their managers.

And these managers are so busy putting out fires, attending meetings, convincing stakeholders, and solving poor performance that they fail to prioritise the one thing that deserves their time and energy: their top performers.

With an excuse of a busy schedule, they fool themselves into believing that their high performers are already doing great and are invested to excel in their role, which is sufficient to…


And what to do instead

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Do you feel exhausted, even frustrated, from working hard, putting in extra hours, sometimes even on weekends and late nights trying to catch up on work, but not being able to make progress on your own goals?

Is it the demands of the workplace that’s eating up into your time, or the fact that you don’t have control over your own schedule? Do you create value or are you simply working to satisfy the expectations of others?

Jumping in to solve every crisis at work, saying “yes” to new projects even when your plate is full, staying late to help…


How to make better decisions

graphic showing four symptoms of decision fatigue
graphic showing four symptoms of decision fatigue
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As we get down to work, our mind is flooded with thoughts — should I respond to that email I got last night or a message from my boss, how about a cup of coffee, why not start the project I have been avoiding this entire week or maybe just a quick catch up on the meeting I missed yesterday…

A series of these small decisions scattered throughout our day may seem harmless in the moment as they seem to demand only a small fraction of our mental energy. …


Maintaining focus in a distracting world

graphic of boy with cloud of distractions over his head and a quote from book on maintaining focus
graphic of boy with cloud of distractions over his head and a quote from book on maintaining focus
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In a world that’s designed for interruptions, we are all vulnerable to distractions.

The sense of accomplishment that comes from producing great work rewards and energises us to strive for more, be better at our tasks, and generate higher quality output.

We have all the necessary information, the right tools, and resources at our disposal to achieve excellence, and yet we rarely see it in practice.

The feeling that most people describe at work is one of relief as opposed to accomplishment after finishing a task. …


Subtle culture problems that often go unnoticed

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When Peter Drucker said in 2006 that “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” he did not mean that strategy is not important. Rather an effective strategy is crucial to organizational success. A good strategy is key to successfully implementing the vision. But a strategy by itself cannot push any organization to achieve tremendous growth and success. What gives life to that strategy are its people.

Regardless of how solid your strategy is, it cannot stand out without the solid backing of its people. …


Discover the hidden element in the formula of every team’s success

the phrase “strategy times execution does not equal results”
the phrase “strategy times execution does not equal results”
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We have all had relationships that are built on trust and those that are not. If you look back to those experiences, you can clearly say that there’s a significant difference between them, not only in the quality of your experiences but also in the outcomes you achieved.

You may trust yourself and the confidence you have in your skills and abilities to set and achieve goals, to lead teams, and to drive organizational growth as a leader. But inspiring and earning the same level of trust from others is a very different skill.

Let’s start with understanding trust and…


Do it in six steps

Flowchart. Title: Deciding if a company is right for you.
Flowchart. Title: Deciding if a company is right for you.
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We spend a large part of our life at work, and yet when it comes to making a decision “Is this the right company for me,” most of us rely only on our expert intuition without any solid data to back it up.

Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist and economist notable for his work on the psychology of judgement and decision-making, says that our gut instinct alone can fail us when we make quick decisions based on our past experience, as it’s a key source of noise.

Instead, he asks us to resist premature intuition, stating:

“Intuition should not be banned…


2. Stay intentional yet flexible

Smiling face. Caption says “How can I truly stand out.”
Smiling face. Caption says “How can I truly stand out.”
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What’s our greatest concern about work? We may not think about it consciously, but it drives all our actions at work. How can I do great work to get noticed, rewarded, recognized, and appreciated? Not rewarded in a monetary sense, but knowing that your work makes a difference and adds value to others, that people count on you, respect and value your advice, or your actions move the organization forward. Knowing that your work is impactful is more rewarding than any material benefits or words of praise. In other words, we all think about “How can I truly stand out?”


Fight back against bad decisions

diagram of a decision cycle that includes failing to learn
diagram of a decision cycle that includes failing to learn
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We do irrational things all the time and make stupid choices that we regret later. It’s not like we consciously decide to act like a fool. Rather, in those moments when we are making a decision, we seem to be quite pleased and reasonable with our choice. It’s only later we realize how distorted our sense of reality was.

But we don’t stop there. We don’t learn from those mistakes. We live with the experience of a terrible decision and blame ourselves or others for not thinking it out correctly, only to repeat the same mistakes.

Most of us have…

Vinita

I write about ideas to sharpen your mind and keep you learning to be effective in your work and life. Writer. Techie. Thinker. More@ https://www.techtello.com/

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