Recruitment: 10 tips towards becoming a highly effective person

David Hanlon*, 23/04/2014

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THE differences in high performing people versus the average are quite stark.

High performers achieve so much more in their personal and professional lives and have a positive impact on those around them.

Presented here is a series of ten key attributes that are consistent with high performing people:


Highly effective people:

Make the tough decisions (including to be highly effective);
Own the decision and are responsible for the outcome.


Highly effective people:

Understand it’s not what they do but what they stand for;
Know their daily actions are their legacy in motion.


Highly effective people:

Understand discipline requires mental toughness;
Hold themselves accountable for distractions, interruptions etc.

Get the fundamentals right

Highly effective people:

Understand businesses don’t fail, people fail;
Ensure there is the right balance between creation and maintenance.

Embrace change

Highly effective people:

Honour the past, but are not consumed by it;
Remain open to possibilities presented rather than defend the status quo.

Deep engagement

Highly effective people:

Know that technical excellence is only part of the success story;
Separate the person from the issue or the problem;
Respect others regardless of whether they like them.

Energy management

Highly effective people:

Have high energy and enthusiasm without chaos. They are “can-do” people;
They create “can-do” teams and organisations.

Managing emotions

Highly effective people:

Don’t waste energy on things they can’t control;
Are grateful for what they have not what they don’t have.

Intelligent persistence

Highly effective people:

Are persistent;
They also know when its time to let go.

Looking after self

Highly effective people:

Understand personal health is the platform for all the other factors;
Know proper diet, adequate exercise and sufficient rest are the key ingredients


* David Hanlon is the founder of the Right Mind International Pty Ltd. The Right Mind is a nationally recognised leader in the development of people and programs for excellence in human performance.



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