There numerous tools and techniques available for use in effectively evaluating talent, measuring performance, and mentoring others. Of the many resources I have read, one framework really stands outs to me as the most common sense and easy to understand method for gauging the performance and success of an individual. Particularly in the business world these days I find that these three tenets must be present for a professional to be considered high performing. These ideas can be applied not just to business professionals but really to any individual at any stage in life that wants to learn and grow.
Get out of your comfort zone. True learning and growth can only be accomplished by stretching beyond perceived capabilities, taking chances, being willing to fail, and learning from mistakes and pain.
Ask for help. Self-awareness, humility, and openness are keys to growth and high performance. Be willing to admit to a shortage of answers and that there are others who can help fill in the gaps that exist in my own understanding, skills, or education.
Learn and apply. Make the most of every situation, both good and bad, by reflecting on what led to success or failure. Documenting and applying what works and doesn’t work are keys to continually improving performance and growing as an individual.