What drives your performance?
When we ask this question many offer answers such as will power, determination, tenacity, and grit. Other responses included things like talent, skills, and intelligence.
The interesting thing is, when we talk with people about improving their performance, most have strength in every one of these arenas. Now, of course, all of these things are valuable and important to current and future performance.
Yet when you want to take your performance to the next level, it often takes something more than adding to or enhancing any of those things.
This is especially true when you are focused on improving your performance as a leader.
As my partner, Camille Smith, and I embarked on a quest to discover that missing link in performance improvement, we independently came across a surprising source – our values. The revelation was so powerful for both of us in our own lives, that we even began working together to help our friends and clients benefit from this discovery.
It is important to note that when we refer to “values” we are not talking about what comes to mind for many, such as the things we value (e.g., family, money, status) or our ethical standards (e.g., trust, integrity, respect).
The values we are referring to are the emotional motivators and behavioral drivers of the choices you make either consciously or unconsciously.
When you are clear about the core values that drive your choices, both consciously and unconsciously, you gain significant access to your emotional intelligence.
This awareness can easily be applied to not only to improve your performance in many dimensions, but to do it quickly as well.
Here are just a few examples of how understanding your values can help you improve your performance:
- When you understand what is behind your “hot buttons”, those things that trigger a strong reaction in us, you can learn to reduce their charge in difficult situations and interactions.
- Knowing your blind spots can help you anticipate and be responsible for how your choices, actions and behaviors impact others who have different core values.
- Understanding your core values can help you choose (or design) a work environment that will naturally bring out the best of what you have to offer.
In addition, understanding what drives you at an emotional level can not only improve your personal performance in the work you do, but also helps you to improve your relationships and ability to lead others effectively.
You see, no matter how smart, skilled or accomplished you may be right now, your performance can be enhanced by understanding your emotional motivators and behavioral drivers, aka, your values.
The great news is that this awareness can be used to improve your effectiveness even without gaining more skills or knowledge.
We refer to values as the “missing link in performance improvement” because, for the most part, it goes untapped even though it is a major source of realizing your full potential.
What are your core values and how do they drive your performance?
If you are interested in exploring your values as an access to improving your performance, Camille Smith and I are beginning an online course on the topic that includes a personal Values Survey. This survey tool has proven to be one of the most insightful tools we have come across in supporting people who want to take their performance, including their leadership, to the next level.
To learn more CLICK HERE. Note: You’ll want to act fast because the course begins on June 14th.
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