Brain Food: Your route to the top - How to make good people great

Work with each person in your team. Clarify on an individual basis the differences between doing a job well and excelling.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Set a good example. Become mindful of your own behaviour and remember that your team will use you as their model of peak performance.

Agree specific goals with clear measures. Ensure that objectives make team members feel part of an exciting project.

Be supportive. Arrange regular meetings to help people stay on track.

Listening to the individual and helping them deal with a problem will equip them better to solve similar situations in the future.

Reward peak performance. But make sure this is different from the rewards for competency. Are the differences appealing enough to ensure people give their best?

Avoid vanishing victories. Be sure that you give the right level of praise and celebrate when great things happen rather than moving quickly on to the next project.

Find the right balance of challenge and skill. Too much challenge leads to feelings of anxiety, but a surplus of skill can lead to boredom.

Recognise and reflect on events as they happen. Ask questions informally or during meetings. This will help raise awareness in your team and help its members to feel that their experiences are valued.

Help people identify their distractions - then reduce them. Are there simple processes that you can put in place to help people focus on doing a great job?

Show commitment to each person. Have a clear understanding of their motivations and make sure you help them achieve their own personal dreams and desires.

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