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The Dangers of Dabbling

Dabbling is one of those words we don’t use very often, but maybe we should. The definition of dabbling is having superficial or intermittent interest or, to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner. Either way, dabbling is not a good thing for an Outperformer. Two of the Primary Causes of Dabbling Disinterest. […]

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Pursue Excellence – Not Perfection

I recently developed a presentation/workshop titled “Rules For Successful People.” One of those rules for succeeding – in anything – is to abandon perfectionism. There are plenty of reasons for abandoning the pursuit of perfection. The primary reason however is that perfection is a myth. Nothing is perfect. As human beings, we’re not perfect, by […]

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Getting More By Doing Less

It almost sounds counter intuitive, doesn’t it? The thought of increasing productivity by doing less just doesn’t seem possible, but it is. We live in such complicated and chaotic times. Finding ways to break away from hectic schedules and busy lifestyles makes a lot of sense. Here are a few thoughts on how simplifying can […]

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7 Qualities of an Effective Team

If you were asked to put together a team to take on an important project, how would you go about choosing your team members? Assuming the available pool of employees or coworkers includes the technical skills you’re looking for, what other qualities or characteristics would you need to consider to put together a team that […]

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Setting Yourself Apart at Work

Last year Forbes Magazine cited the two primary qualities for getting promoted. One was the ability to set priorities and work on high value tasks. The second was the discipline to get the job done quickly and well. As an Outperformer both of these qualities will serve you well in your day-to-day work routine. Let’s […]

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Broken Windows – It’s the Little Things That Count

There’s a long-standing theory in law enforcement regarding how a police department can effectively deal with serious crime. The theory is called “Broken Windows”. Long story short, the theory posits that serious crime in a community such as rape, robbery and murder, are the final result of a lengthier chain of events. The theorist’s believed […]

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Stop Getting Ready to Get Ready

Here’s a question for you. What’s the single greatest detriment to you becoming an Outperformer? Is it lack of education? Poor parenting? You’re in the wrong job or career field? You don’t live in the right city? You don’t have enough money? Actually, none of the above (excuses) represents the greatest detriment you becoming an […]

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Ramp Up the Rituals – Increase Your Performance

Rituals Stimulate Action Rituals are the actions that embody our stories and express our values and beliefs. (Wikipedia) High performing individuals have a number of things in common. At the top of that list is a commitment to daily rituals. The Late Jim Rohn, America’s Foremost Business Philosopher, shared this little secret for failure and […]

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Last week I was made aware of a book by Amy Morin titled “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” I was intrigued by the title so I decided to find out what those thirteen things were. In doing so, I couldn’t help but draw the analogy between Amy’s list and what I consider the […]

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Characteristics of an Outperformer

Characteristics of an Outperformer Outperformers – in any endeavor – and in every sector of the economy – are special people. They’re special because of who they are (character) and because of what they do (actions). In almost four decades of studying performance management and performance improvement, I’ve identified a number of characteristics high performing […]

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