If you want to excel in your professional life work with those people that will take you to new limits. Training with these individuals will extend your comfort zone, teach you new skills and more importantly allow you to gain insight to how they think. Defining who you believe to be the best in your field of work provides a benchmark for raising your own performance. Do away with any feeing of personal pride or sense of undermining your own capability and explore how you can spend time with those you identify as best in class.
High performing organisations consciously create conditions that get the best to push each other to new levels of performance. If you want to achieve greater success then align yourself to those that consistently out perform the rest. Be open in your approach to these people and ask them – Please can you help? Or please can I ask your advice? By asking in this way you are delivering a complement and acknowledging their expertise and achievement mindset. More often than not people will help. Your aim should be to:
- Shadow them on meetings and in their day to day activities
- Ask for sometime to share their thoughts on why they constantly outperform
- Seek insight on how they think and what drives them
- Enquire what motivates them and what they read
By training with the best you set intentions and expectations that lift your mindset to new levels of attainment. Individuals you train with are different to mentors – they are the sparing partners that you work with to develop and grow your skills on a real time basis. If the person you want to work with views you as a potential threat the relationship will not work. Be honourable about your intentions and by no means use it to gain insights that would be of disservice to them – be clear be up front – if a conflict of interest presents itself then walk away.