Achieving professional performance consistency is both a target for some professionals as well as a never-ending quest, for others.
Why is that?
Do you recognize yourself in any of these three professional performance scenarios? Do you target professional comfort or discomfort when you create output and outcomes, on behalf of clients?
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Some employees’ professional performance is consistently up-and-down.
Either they create solid, positive output and outcomes or poor ones. There is no middle ground. Even in the presence of processes and protocols to follow, these professionals do not find value in professional discipline. As a result, they often become distracted by unimportant side issues or lack the insight to prioritize the most important outcomes on their plates.
Consequently, these professionals have no idea what is involved to achieve professional performance consistency. Not only that. They have no desire to find out how to hit the performance bullseye, even once. In fact, their inconsistency is the only consistent element of their performance.
Other individual’s professional performance is consistent, but mediocre.
They never waiver from creating the minimum acceptable level of output and outcomes. They live in the land of the middle ground. As a result, they follow processes and protocols in a disciplined manner. However, their priority is reinforcing mediocrity. So, while these employees will keep an organization in business, their performance is unremarkable and lacks distinction and innovation.
As a result, these professionals are more than happy to achieve professional performance consistency by continuously aiming in the general vicinity of the acceptable areas of the performance target. They never quite hit the bulls eye or, if they do, it is a rare event.
Then, there are those professionals whose professional performance consistency is game-changing.
They consistently seek out “What’s Next?” within their professional discipline, industry trends and client portfolios. These professionals differentiate your organization, because they are comfortable being consistently uncomfortable. As a result, they create remarkable, enduring and innovative customer-focused output and outcomes. In the presence of processes and protocols, they consistently target their own continuous improvement.
These professionals achieve professional performance consistency by continuously aiming at hitting a constantly shifting innovation target. They target professional disruption. As a result, they consistently are in control of processes and have the discipline to take risks to aim at new, innovative targets. These professionals are lifelong learners and are comfortable with the inconsistency and uncertainty of taking risks.
How would you assess your own professional performance?
I have one question for you. When it comes to professional performance, are you intentionally and consistently inconsistent, mediocre or innovative?
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Babette Ten Haken, Founder & President of One Millimeter Mindset™, is an innovative speaker, strategist, and storyteller. Babette’s One Millimeter Mindset™ Workshops and Speaking programs leverage collaboration to catalyze professional innovation, workforce engagement and customer retention. Babette’s playbook of collaboration tools, Do YOU Mean Business?, is available on Amazon. She is a member of SME, ASQ, SHRM and the National Speakers Association.
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