Three simple skills to significantly enhance your performance at work

These 3 skills only take minutes to learn and apply. Integrate them into your daily work life and you’ll significantly enhance your performance at work.

1. Stop and reflect (time take, 10 minutes)

You can learn by doing. But you’ll learn much more quickly by doing, then stopping and reflecting.

Take 10 minutes. Maybe after an important meeting, or at the end of a project, or at the end of the day. Ask yourself:

  • What did I do well?
  • What could I have done better?
  • What did I learn?
  • What will I do next time?

10 minutes. 4 questions. A quick and easy way to enhance your performance at work.

More on self-reflection.

2. Ask: “what will success look like?” (time taken, 2 seconds)

Next time you’re allocated a project, or asked to produce a report, or take on a new job, ask this simple question. “What will success look like?”.

The sad truth is that when we’re working our focus tends to be on doing the work, not so much on the outcome.

Switch that around.

Look smart.

And give yourself a head start as you work to enhance your performance.

“Thanks for the opportunity. As I’m working on this, help me understand how to excel. Tell me, what will success look like?”

3. Ask for feedback (time taken, 10-15 minutes)

In an interconnected world, the key to success is seeing yourself as others see you.

The simplest way to do this is ask for feedback.

It’s simple:

  1. What behavior do you want feedback on?
  2. Who do you want to feedback from?
  3. Ask them if they’d be willing to provide feedback
  4. Listen, and act on the feedback
  5. Thank them!

More on how to request feedback.

Make it happen

Don’t try and apply all three skills at once.

Choose the one that is most appealing to you.

Try it. Apply it. Build it into a habit.

Then choose the next skill and do the same.

Each can enhance your performance at work.

In combination you’ll see significant results!

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