Good vs. great performers

by: Dan Berger

While many of my blog posts focus on C-suite executives becoming better leaders, all CEOs and managers would agree that those in our organizations who might not have a leadership position still contribute a great deal to the business.

Individual contributors, as Joseph Folkman calls them in a Forbes article, can still stand out as great performers, rather than just average or good contributors. What makes an individual a great performer? Folkman, a Forbes contributor and behavior statistician, lists nine behaviors that distinguish the best performers from average performers. Here are a few from his list:

  • Setting higher goals and standards. The best individual performers push themselves to higher levels of performance and stretch goals beyond what others think is possible to accomplish.
  • Working together. Instead of working alone to be noticed, the best performers achieve their objectives by working with others.
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