“Many high performers would rather do the wrong things well than do the right thing poorly.”
~ Thomas J. DeLong and Sara DeLong, “The Paradox of Excellence,” Harvard Business Review, June 2011
Leaders are high achievers who continually grow as professionals. But in many organizations, there are high achievers who are floundering. They’re smart, ambitious professionals who aren’t as productive or satisfied as they could be. Many ascend to leadership positions and reach a plateau in their professional growth. I encounter high-achievers frequently in the work I do coaching. It’s one of the driving reasons people come in for private coaching.
Priming the Positivity Pump
A positive frame of mind is needed for success at just about anything. In fact, research from positive psychology shows that the tipping point for flourishing is to have a positive to negative ration of 3 to 1.
Let’s say you’ve got a task you need to accomplish, like writing a letter, or an outline for a presentation or something you put off because you don’t like doing it.
In the work I do as a coach, I speak with many amazing clients who have achieved a lot in their work and in their lives. And yet, some are dissatisfied and don’t feel successful. By other people’s standards, they could feel really good about themselves, yet they don’t.