From the business classic, The NEW Woman Rules, best-selling author and leadership speaker Fawn Germer brings together the performance tips from the most successful women in American business.
The NEW Woman Rules on Performance
• Do your absolute best work on everything you are asked to do, from the simplest assignment to the most complicated.
• Be willing to take on tough assignments.
• Overdeliver. Overdeliver. Overdeliver.
• It is a mistake to wait for the “big project.” The way to get the big project is by doing a lot of small ones very well.
• Evaluate your progress and be flexible. It is dangerous to get so committed to what you are doing that you stop evaluating whether you are moving in the right direction.
• Don’t hesitate to raise your hand. There are opportunities to broaden your skills base and be seen as a real contributor because you are willing to say yes.
• Any leader is glad to have somebody willing to take on more so they don’t have to hire more people.
• Understand the expectations and what success looks like for every assignment, and make sure everybody who evaluates you understands what you are going to deliver.
• Don’t compete against your peers—compete against a standard. Do what differentiates you against the standard for excellence. Judge yourself against the very best you can be.
• Perform. Perform better than anybody else.
• Ask others for help.
• When others try to help you, don’t be stubborn. Listen to them. Take the help if it will move you toward your goal.
• Keep your end goal in mind at all times.
• Know that there are always multiple ways to solve a single problem.
• When you are struggling, change your game. Win by playing a different strategy.
• Learn the business model: Build trust, communicate, create alignment with goals, find the sweet spot, know how you will grow the other person’s career or business, execute and follow up.
Copyright 2009 Fawn Germer and the Network of Executive Women. All rights reserved.