Business Advice – The 5 Powerful Questions That Underlie Peak Performance

Achieving peak performance includes every team member fully-understanding their role, how best to apply their skills, developing new skills to meet new demands, and increasing their performance levels as a member of a team. All of these situations demand clarity in the mind of the performer – the person tasked with delivering results.

The gained clarity then depends on individuals and teams generating their own personal commitment to work to increase their own peak performance and productivity. These 5 questions help to generate that commitment.

The Five Questions that Lead to Peak Performance

Each question deals with:

  • Motivation
  • Action
  • Competence
  • Results

If any one of those is missing, productivity falls off. Individuals can, and should, keep asking themselves the questions. Team members can ask the questions of each other and then discuss and agree to the answers.  These are the questions that lead to the discovery of higher performance:

  1. What is it that I am expected to do?
  2. Why am I expected to do it?
  3. Can I do it as well as expected?
  4. How am I getting on with doing it?
  5. What’s the reward for doing it that well?

These questions work at all levels of performance – from the overall job description down to each specific task. When everyone knows what is expected of them and why, when they know they have the knowledge and skills, when they know how to measure their own success (or for their supervisor to measure it with them) and when they know and want the reward, then it works, and everyone achieves peak performance and productivity.

This 5-question strategy is simple to understand, easy to apply to any task or job description, and it is memorable. Peak performance does not come from someone continually telling someone else what to do and how to do it. Peak performance comes from inside each person.

Remember, running a business successfully does not need to be complicated.  Keep it simple!

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