The Top Ten Traits of High Performers

Course Introduction and Aim

What is it that marks those people who consistently perform at a high level and how can organisations successfully develop those who show high potential to high performance.

This packed and practical two day programme identifies the top ten talent traits from our unique annual survey of organisations globally and offers advice, ideas and information on how to demonstrate these in the workplace.

Objectives

By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • Identified key strengths and show how to make the most of them in their work
  • Explain how they can become more self-directed
  • Developed strategies to think better, particularly when under pressure
  • Determined exactly what it means to work both hard and smart but not necessarily long
  • Mapped their networks and discussed how they could collaborate more effectively with those in the network
  • Discussed personal brand, considered how they are considered by others at work and identified steps they can take to align self perception with that of others
  • Defined where their passions lie and how to turn passions into drivers of high performance
  • Determined whether the results they get are actually the right results for themselves, their line managers and the business
  • Explain ways to better manage ambiguity
  • Develop a practical action plan to consistently apply learning

We offer short, focused, strategic, high-value interventionst

Day 1

Introductions and course / personal objectives

An introduction to the Top 10 Traits
Where they came from, why they are important

Trait 10: KNOWS STRENGTHS AND WORKS TO THEM.

Most successful careers are achieved by people doing what they are good at. Yet ask many to define where their strengths truly lie and they struggle to answer with conviction. Not so with High Performers, who are not only crystal clear on what they are good at, but are expert at putting themselves in situations where their strengths are required.

This session helps delegates identify their core strengths and how they can put them to use in whatever job they do.

Trait 9: DEMONSTRATES SELF DIRECTION

Self-directedness is a personality trait of self-determination which includes the commitment to finish what you start, to rise from setbacks, to want to improve and succeed, and to undertake sustained and sometimes unpleasant practice in order to do so.

This session uses some of the work by Angela Duckworth in her book Grit to develop the passion and perseverance necessary for High Performance

Trait 8: THINKS CLEARLY, PARTICULARLY UNDER PRESSURE

Sir Clive Woodward, stated that the England rugby team failed in the 2015 world cup because a lack of ability to TCUP (think clearly under pressure). In business as in sport, those that maintain poise, control and the ability to make good decisions when the pressure is on stand out from the crowd.

Delegates are given a practical exercise that challenges then to think clearly under pressure and then pulls from the exercise some key points to take home and practice with.

Trait 7: WORKS BOTH HARD AND SMART

The problem with the working hard vs working smart dichotomy is that all too often many frame the choice as one in which they can only choose “hard” or
“smart.” Whilst many work by the maxim ‘work smart not hard’ the smart people know to do both without working long

This session picks up on some key principles for Time Management and challenges delegates to change fundamental habits in the way they approach work.

Trait 6: DEVELOP COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS

Progressively High Performers need to be able to work effectively in and with, a variety of organisations and people that are largely autonomous, geographically distributed, and diverse in terms of their operating environment, culture, social capital and goals.

This session introduces an exercise to look at diversity in teams and virtual / remote teams.

Consolidation
The final session of the day includes a summary of the days learning, and clarification of any action plans.

Day 2

Review of day 1

The first short session of the day gives delegates a little time to reflect on the previous days learning through a mind map exercise before being taken through the key talent traits for the day

Trait 5: BUILDS A STRONG REPUTATION

Many will say that above and beyond anything else your reputation will determine your success. This session looks at building a strong reputation through a practical exercise that develops delegates personal brand. Topics discussed include:

  • Authenticity,
  • Respect,
  • Responsibility,
  • Results and
  • Visibility
Trait 4: DISPLAYS DRIVE AND PASSION

Those that epitomise this trait fundamentally understand what drives them and where their passions lie. They then work towards finding situations where they are able to apply their drive and passion to the benefit to themselves and the business. We will look at how to identify your passion and then how to apply that to a work environment.

Trait 3: ACHIEVE REQUIRED RESULTS

Achieving results is one thing, but achieving the right results is another. This session uses a practical group activity to highlight the importance of clear objectives, effective planning and focused action.

Trait 2: EFFECTIVELY MANAGE AMBIGUITY

In business you will have to rely on information supplied by others, which may be partial or incomplete. Those that manage Ambiguity well can effectively cope with change and risk; shift gears comfortably and can decide and act without having the total picture.

This session challenges delegates with an exercise to test their ability to deal with Ambiguity before opening outcomes up for discussion and idea generation and presentation on the top 10 tips to deal with ambiguity.

Trait 1: CONSISTENTLY APPLIES LEARNING

The ability to recognise the learning opportunities that present themselves in the workplace and to engage in a process of practise to test and evaluate development on an on going and frequent basis.

This final trait session discusses how we learn, how we can improve how we learn and introduces the 70-20-10 model for learning and development.

This trait is also used as a basis for action planning for delegates to determine what they will do following the course to turn learning into improved performance
back at work.

FINAL REVIEW / FEEDBACK

COURSE END

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