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 This Weeks Thought - Twelve Questions to High Performance


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I was searching my email box for a document and an unexpected email popped up into the search box. It was one of those emails which Id forgotten about, one of those gems sent from a colleague, which I had cruised over on busy Monday. So I doubled clicked and back into my life the information came.

The email was about a Mori poll. Mori had asked 1000s of questions to hundreds of teams. This email highlighted that out of the 1000s of question there were only 12 questions which high performing teams had consistently answered YES whereas the comparison set of average performers had consistently answered NO.  

So here are the questions

  1. I know what is expected of me at work.
  2. I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.
  3. At work, I have had the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
  4. In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.
  5. My Supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.
  6. There is someone at work who encourages my development.
  7. At work my opinion seems to count.
  8. The Mission / purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.
  9. My fellow employees are committed to doing quality work.
  10. I have a best friend at work.
  11. In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.
  12. This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.

Now like me you mind is likely to be considering how to apply this to work and how it translates to your personal life.

But also some of the text is in red. Now it came that way on my email and I wondered why was it in red? and what did it mean for me?

The email states the red text is based on two attributes, frequency and somebody.  Now there's more on a man named somebody next week. But I thought (referring to my strength finder profile) do I do what I'm best at every day, most days maybe but everyday, probable not! Secondly I thought how frequently do I recognise great contributions from my reports, my friends, my peers, my family, my boss or anyone else and actually tell them, not so often I reflected.

Till next week, Enjoy the Journey

David Gardner




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 The Machine That Changed the World
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