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8 Steps to High Performance: Focus on What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest)

Marc Effron

"Do not try to change yourself," argues Peter Drucker in Managing Oneself. "You are unlikely to succeed. But work hard to improve the way you perform." This book takes that advice to heart and uses evidence-based methods to show how to act on it. 8 Steps to High Performance helps people focus their efforts where they can have the most impact on their own performance by separating the factors they can control (their behaviors, goals, networks, and more) from those that they can't (their personality, intelligence, socio-economic background, and more). Revealing the eight levers that matter most--and that people can actually change--this book describes the science behind each one, separates fact from fiction, and provides the practical steps to improve on each dimension. Research-based and practical, with self-assessments and tools to support your performance at work, this short, powerful book reveals what really works to improve performance and shows how to apply these insights to deliver outstanding results.--

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Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publish Date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 9781633693975
ISBN-10: 163369397X
Language: English

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There's no shortage of advice out there on how to perform better, and better than others, at work. The problem is knowing which methods are actually proven to work--and how you should act on them to get the best results.

In 8 Steps to High Performance, talent expert and bestselling author Marc Effron cuts through the noise with his signature "science-based simplicity" approach to identify what matters most and show you how to optimally apply your time and effort to boost your performance. It turns out that higher performance comes from doing many things well--but some of those things are not in your power to change. Effron reveals the eight key factors you do control and practical steps for improving yourself on each one. You'll learn:

  • How to set goals that create higher performance
  • Which behaviors predict higher performance in different situations
  • How to quickly develop the most important capabilities
  • Who to connect with and why
  • How to understand and adapt to your company's strategy
  • Why you sometimes shouldn't be the "genuine" you
  • How to best manage your body to sustain your performance
  • How to avoid management fads that distract you from high performance

Research-based, practical, and filled with self-assessments, tools, and templates to support your performance goals at work, this short, powerful book will help you and anyone on your team deliver outstanding results.

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