Posts Tagged "performance management"

A 6-Year Study Reveals the Surprising Key to Team Performance (and 9 Ways to Enable It)

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Psychologist John Gottman can predict whether or not a married couple will be together five years later with startling 90 percent accuracy. How does he do it?


He watches them argue.


The ability to engage in healthy, productive debate is not only essential for ensuring a long marriage–it’s also the key determinant of high performing teams.


A recently released six-year study cites the ability to manage conflicting tensions as the most critical predictor of top-team performance. Berkeley research shows teams that debate their ideas have 25 percent more ideas altogether and that companies like Pixar embrace healthy debate as a vital part of their performance (in its case to make better films).


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A recently reported six-year study revealed that high-performing teams need to be good at this (and it’s not so easy).

The 1 Question All Your Employees Wish You Would Ask

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Having a discussion with your employees or manager about job performance is never an easy feat. If executed incorrectly, the process could produce counteractive results. Managers have to find ways to provide both motivation and constructive criticism, and employees have to share individual goals underneath the scrutiny of their bosses.


However, what if you could knock down these obstacles with a single process? A system that created a platform for managers to discuss improvement opportunities, and one question that encouraged employees to be open with their managers. Well, you’re in luck. One such process and question exists. First, let’s take a look at the process: 360 feedback.

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Employee development conversations can be scary. These two approaches can help ease the nerves of all parties involved.

Turning Your Calendar Into A Peak Performance Tool

Posted on October 24th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

There is a world of difference between normal activity and peak performance.  It’s the glimpses into the peak state that fuel the intuition that we’re meant for greater things.  In this article, we’ll take a look at peak performance and a surprisingly simple strategy for more consistently tapping into our peak mode.


The Psychology of Peak Performance

Two elements turn ordinary activities into performance activities: 1) we keep score of the outcomes that matter and 2) we institute practice measures to systematically pursue the improvement of our scores.  Such deliberate practice lies at the heart of the development of chess players, athletes, Broadway stars, and elite medical facilities.  Once we keep score and devote ourselves to a continuous improvement in what we do and how we do it, we transform routine into growth.  Recreation is not a cumulative activity.  It is activity pursued at the time for its own sake.  Peak performance, on the other hand, is cumulative: it’s a focused, ongoing attempt at improvement.  We can go to the gym for enjoyment or we can go to the gym to train for aerobic conditioning.  The first activity is expressive and present-centered; the second is instrumental and forward-focused.


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Many of the professionals I work with in financial markets, in their candid moments of introspection, express a heartfelt sentiment.  They are doing well, but could be doing better, much better.  They are good, but they could be great.  In their moments of particular success, they recognize that the level […]

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