Top Performance Demystified

There are five characteristics top 20% performers consistently demonstrate.  Work to develop and master these skills and your performance will soar.

Having worked in marquee companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Frito Lay both as an executive and as a consultant, I was fortunate to study and collaborate in building metric based “success models” for numerous diverse business units.   Interestingly, the characteristics of top performers across multiple companies were very similar.

Here are the core characteristics of top-tier performers.

Desire ...

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The 3 Keys

There are three critical elements to building a strong sustainable business.

1.  Crystalizing Core Priorities
2.  Creating Key Processes
3.  Developing People

Most companies are missing one or more of these elements.

A mid-sized company CEO recently expressed her frustration over the seemingly never-ending challenges preventing her organization from focusing on its long-term vision.

My counsel shocked her. “Stop focusing on the vision and start creating processes tied to your company’s core priorities. Act with discipline on what must be completed today. ...

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Creative vs. Reactive

One of the most impactful ways to demonstrate leadership, regardless of title or level of authority, is to be creative vs. reactive.  Aside from very different definitions, the only difference between these two words is the location of the letter c.

When people begin to “C “ things from a new perspective their world can change in an instant.  By moving the letter C in the word reactive to the first character, the word is transformed.  The same can be said for a person.

Great leaders continually seek creative ways to ...

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Success Simplified

“Everyone thinks of improving the world, but no one thinks of improving himself.”     – Leo Tolstoy

High performance can be simplified into three characteristics, Aptitude, Attitude and Actions.

Aptitude – The combination of intelligence and life experiences. When intentionally applied, wisdom is created.

Attitude – How people perceive or feel at any given time.

  • Jazzed – Passionate, constructive, optimistic
  • Jobbers – Going along, “the job is the job”
  • Jaded – Cynical, negative, victim mind-set

True leaders are Jazzed: they are committed to stepping out of their comfort zones and continually improve themselves and those around them.
Actions – The easiest way ...

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Lead Like the Pope

Here are five great leadership perspectives as demonstrated by Pope Francis I and written about in

1. Focus on the Mission – demonstrate daily the purpose of your organization vs. creating policy no one cares about
2. Use Media to Support Your Mission – Be authentic yet use technology to communicate your leadership commitments
3. Reset Context – Rather than telling people what to do, ask others how they might best do it
4. Choose Personnel as Policy – As ...

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WSC Breakfast: Boom, Bust, Boom with Tony Enrico

Warton Southern California

7 Lessons Learned while Leading a $100M Family Business Turnaround
WHEN: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 from 7:30-9:30 am

WHERE: Big Canyon Country Club, 1 Big Canyon Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Keynote Speaker, Tony Enrico – Growth and Turnaround Executive, Author and Consultant

Tony’s presentation offers practical and inspirational insights into how any executive can successfully lead their business during challenging economic times.  His engaging turnaround story highlights the extreme financial, ...

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