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Jan 16, 2018

Show Notes for Episode #2

Welcome to the “Genuine Driven Women” podcast, the show where we guide women to reveal their strengths so they believe and can achieve their desired greatness!


This is Episode #2 and I am Tami along with my co- Host, Adalida.  Today we’d like to talk about some characteristics of high performers, and how easy it is to become one of the high performing people in your workplace.

Adalida:  We have a great show planned for you today.  We are going to talk about 7 characteristics of a high performer.

Tami:  Thank you, Adalida!  According to an article, only 20% of any given workplace are high performers.  

Adalida: If this is the case, just by improving on the characteristics we are going to share with you today, you can quickly rise to the top of your workplace. 

Tami:  You must be able to look at yourself and see what you do well and the attributes that you can improve.  Here are some attributes that high performing people have in spades:

Adalida:  The first characteristic is, they have their goals written down.

Tami:  This includes the steps they need to accomplish to achieve these goals.  They work these steps into their daily, weekly, and monthly task lists.  A high performer will compete with themselves, constantly striving to accomplish one goal and then to make and achieve an even higher goal.

Adalida:   I think of this like a cross-country race, where you focus on the runner in front of you, until you pass them, and then you focus on the next runner and pass that one too.  Just one foot in front of the other, one step at a time, in the same direction, completing tasks, one-by-one.

Adalida:  2. They have a strong work ethic.

Tami:  There may be nothing more important than a good work ethic.  You can have the highest I.Q, but if you are lazy, it will only help you so much.  Good hard work will make up for a lot of other shortcomings.

Adalida:  3.  They have a good attitude. This does NOT mean anyone needs to be happy all the time.  

Tami:  This does mean they have the ability to offer others hope, they have a can-do reaction to hard tasks, when something goes wrong, they say, “Ok, we can get through this.  Here is what we are going to do instead.”  They lift people up rather than throwing out further negativity.  They are a team player.  They are not passive aggressive to others.  They are a joy to be around in the workplace.  This is contagious and will raise the performance of the whole team.

Adalida:   4.  They have good morals.

Tami:  A high performer will see right and wrong and will be brave enough to choose the right path, even when it is hard and will be able to (tactfully) point out when others want to go down an ethically questionable path.

Adalida:   5.  They are always learning and they constantly find ways to grow. 

Tami:  This could be formal education, but it can also be shorter classes, growing through mentorship, and (my favorite) taking on challenges outside of their comfort zone.  My grandma used to say that everything you learn is something no one can ever take away from you.  This has stayed with me all these years and I try to keep myself in an almost constant state of learning.

Adalida:   6.  They are a team player.

Tami:   This does not mean they go along with “group-think,” but it does mean they can enter into good discussions with the team, they are able to work with others toward a common goal, and they are willing to communicate effectively when they disagree.

Adalida:   7.  They see the big picture.

Tami:   They know where they are going, where the team is going, where the organization is going and they understand their role in the whole process.

Take a good look in the mirror, who are you and who do you really want to be?  The road to success is going to take consistent effort and self-awareness.  I do believe you can do this, but it won’t always be easy.  You must be able to look at yourself and see what you do well and the attributes upon which you can improve.  Which ones do you need to work on? Look around you, there are scores of people who are not trying to improve.  You are in charge of your own success, go out and get it!


Time Machine:

In this segment each week we will give a few points about women that have accomplished a lot! We also will discuss a bit about what was happening to women during the time periods.

Time Travel:

Sandra Day O’Connor

  1. First woman supreme court justice appointed in 1981, born in 1930.
  2. O’Connor first worked unpaid at the county attorney of California's San Mateo region because it was so hard for women to find jobs as lawyers during the 1950s.
  3. She later was appointed to the senate and then after winning two re-elections ran for judge in Maricopa County Superior Court and won.
  4. A few years later Ronald Reagan decided to appoint her as a Supreme Court judge.
  5. She is inspiring because all the effort she put in to becoming a lawyer, proved to work and she was not only able to succeed as a lawyer, but also become the first woman supreme court justice. Hard work and dedication will get you where you want to be, you just have to believe in yourself and and put in the effort!

Book Review:

Genuine driven women read lots of books!  We’ll make sure to recommend a book each week that will inspire you or help you on your journey to success!

This week’s book is:

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

If you’d like to buy this book in any format, including audio books, click this link:

Getting things done (or GTD for short, as it very commonly called) has become a one of the most common methods that people, around the world, are using to manage their growing task lists, projects big and small, and managing their “to do” lists for home and work.  The theory behind GTD is that you must capture ALL the things that are cluttering your mind into one, common, trusted system.  This includes things for work, home, hobbies, church, kids, school, etc.  David Allen has some breakthrough ideas in how to organize the tasks so that you can get the things done that need to be done at a given location, or with certain resources.  I have been using the GTD productivity system for about ten years, sometime robustly, and sometimes less so - and I can tell you when I am not using it as well, I can feel my mind clutter start to swell!  I promise you that if you use GTD along with a trusted system (electronic or paper based), you are going to free your mind for the big important thoughts that you have been stuck on, and you creativity will FLOW!  There is a reason so many people have implemented GTD into their productivity process.  You will love the ideas in this book, and even if you do not implement GTD fully, the general ideas you get from this book will make it worth the cost alone, you will be a task burning machine after reading this book!   I have a link in the show notes, if you buy the book through that link, it will give you all the motivation you need to get your tasks organized so your mind can soar!  Click the link to buy the book (available in several formats):

Inspirational Quote of the Week:

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

~ Amelia Earhart


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Ok, ladies - its time to get out there and be the best YOU that YOU can be!

Tami  - We’ll see you next week,

Adalida - thanks for listening!!

Both:  Bye!