Improving performance can be easy.

Improving performance can be much easier than you think.

When it comes to improving performance, you could be in prison without physically being in prison. You could be locked into your comfort zone, in the wrong business using old ways and means. If you want to break out, you have to do things differently. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

  • By taking small actions, you can create massive change
  • Not being in alignment with your vision, objectives and values can be fatal
  • Invest in digital technology for repetitive tasks and free up your time
  • Outsource the activities you are not good at or don’t like doing
  • Upgrade the content you use and your marketing efforts
  • Measure what you manage; don’t let things get away on you
  • Seek help from an advisor or mentor.

The answers you are looking for might be quite simple to implement. Creating a small workshop to get the most out of your team may be your answer.

Improving performance may require a longer-term view.

Become more financially savvy, adjust your business model, rewrite and focus you planning practices and start to improve your value chain. All these things have stood the test of time when it comes to improving performance.

You need to manage the detail using modern digital technology and start to focus your attention on creativity and innovation.

Should your confidence be waning, turn on the tap to new information and knowledge and look to establish new positive relationships.

Improving performance can be easy if you ask the right questions

There is an old saying we should seek to understand before seeking to be understood. We have two ears and only one mouth for a reason;  we need to listen twice as much as we speak.

If you want to change anything, start asking the right questions, listen to the answers and become action orientated.

Establish a framework for asking question

Here are some things to consider to help in asking the right questions:

  • Focus: What exactly do I want to know? What information am I missing? Is this more than a simple YES or NO question? Am I going for more profound knowledge on which to act?
  • Purpose: Why am I asking this question? Do I want to gather facts or opinions? Do I need simple clarification? How can I offer a different perspective?
  • Simplicity: Am I approaching the issue with too much complexity? Am I using easily understandable terms and wording? Is my question neutral or does it contain bias or opinion? Is it too long or too short?
  • Intent: How do I want people to respond? Will I want the answer to be of help to others? Am I asking to start an argument or open a discussion? Is the question superficial and not useful or essential?
  • Follow-up: Do I have any more specific questions to add? Will the person I’m asking be available for other issues if need be?

Are you asking out of frustration or curiosity? Do you care about the answer, or will you go ahead with your solution, despite the answer? Are you willing to show respect to the person you’re asking?

Don’t let your old systems and processes stop you from improving performance.

The art of asking the right questions isn’t lost if you permit people to be curious and creative, which is the way improving performance happens. People get to think and question in a way which helps them become innovative thinkers.

If you still don’t have the answer you need, contact us for more practical ways of improving performance,

Quotable Quotes

“Break your difficult projects into small parts, and find precisely the right person or process for each part and you might be amazed at the progress you will make”. Peter Sergeant.

“I believe you can accelerate your business performance and success by leveraging your networks and spending time with people who have better planning skills than you”. Peter Sergeant

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