The Secret to High Performance Isn’t What You Think

The Secret to High Performance Isn’t What You Think

I have been given projects and jobs that I had no experience doing and was trusted that I would do a good job. I don’t say this to brag, but simply to point out that I know myself as, and am known to be a high performer. It is not that I have some super powers or am a genius or anything that you might think. What has me be a high performer is that I have a very high degree of integrity.

First, I want to say a bit about the meaning of integrity that I am speaking about. I am not speaking about anything that has to do with morality- with right and wrong or good and bad, that most people refer to when they speak about integrity. For example- you are good if you have integrity or bad if you don’t. I am not talking about it like that, at all.

What I am speaking about when I say I have a high degree of integrity is simple, yet the real secret to high performance. What I mean is; I honor what I say. I make promises, some of which I don’t know how it will happen when I make them, and then I do what I need to do in order to keep them. When I find I cannot keep them, I speak to the people to whom I promised and let them know. I deal with any consequences powerfully and I make a new promise. When I say promise, I am talking about what results I will produce including a time by when I will do what I said. This is a key point- because if you don’t include a time by when what you said will be done, it is not a promise, but simply a sincere attempt (and even you know that it may or may not get done!). I don’t promise actions, either but results- because results are the key to high performance. You will take whatever actions you take, but if you don’t produce results, nothing much got accomplished.

Entire companies have markedly increased their performance by simply taking on this one concept. Individuals skyrocket their success. It is simple, yet a new way of thinking and like anything new, does take practice to master.

So, if you are interested in becoming a high performer, take on your integrity.

To review the steps:

1. Make promises for results you will produce, and include a date by when you will do what you promised.

2. Honor your promise by taking actions that are consistent with producing the results.

3. If you fail to produce the results, report that to whoever you made the promise to. Deal with whatever consequences there is from your failure.

4. Make a new promise, if appropriate.

5. Critical Point-This is not about good or bad.

What I have noticed is that when someone begins to really take on their integrity like I am talking about here, they mostly notice all the places where they lack integrity. That is not a problem unless you forget integrity is not a good or bad moral judgment, but simply the key to high performance.