Dear High Performers,
Please know how grateful I am for you. You work hard. You consistently produce quality and meaningful work. You are committed to the cause, and you go beyond the call of duty. You follow policies, procedures and laws, and when you do not agree with them, you communicate that to the appropriate people in appropriate ways.
When you see something that can be improved, you initiate a conversation and you come to the table with solutions. When ideas are presented, you are confident challenging and “poking holes” in them. That confidence is admired. The best part is that you disagree, challenge and poke holes professionally and unapologetically.
At work, you do not stir up drama, badmouth others out of jealousy or try to pit people against each other. You do not contribute to a hostile work environment or mistreat those without privilege or authority. You strive for excellence – not perfection.
When you have a problem, you go to the people with authority who can help you to solve it. You realize that huddling in a corner or office with others who have no authority is simply gossiping, and that no good will come of it.
You do not have a sense of entitlement, and you respect authority – but you also feel comfortable challenging it professionally. You are a straight shooter, and you are loyal. However, that does not mean you are always in agreement. No one agrees with everyone all of the time – nor should they.
Being a high performer is about your work product, your work ethic, your attitude and your core values.
Thank you for demonstrating all that is good about the workforce. That is why I am drawn to high performers like magnets.