By Chad Cook, Chief Catalyst, Cook Consulting Group LLC Editors
Note: Finding a job you love is the first step in a fulfilling career. The Interview Doctor is pleased to provide another perspective for growing in a job you love.
We don’t think about our behaviors. We just act. We just go along and let habit determine how we interact with one another and how we interact with our work. As more and more research is done on this area of performance, we know that how we behave is the root cause of many performance issues that slow down and stop projects. Think back on a project you worked on that did not go well. I bet the problem was people, not machinery or budget.
So what are some productive behaviors that support performance and what are some poor ones that distract from performance?
A few universal behaviors that support great performance are:
- Collaboration – sharing with others without any expectations other than the project success
- Transparency – being willing to share openly
- Open to Learning about new things
- Reciprocity – doing things for and with each other to help another person be successful
- Mastery & Excellence at a skill or task
A few universal behaviors that disrupt high performance are:
- Self-Serving – doing something so you look good without concern for the project or colleagues
- Unilateral Thinking – being convinced your idea is the best and not open to other ideas
- Closed to Learning – not willing to learn something new or consider new ideas
You can choose how to behave. You can choose to be positive or negative. You can choose to be supportive or selfish. It is up to you. Which do you choose and what do they look like and sound like when you see or use them?