High Expectations + High Performance = High Achievement

Updated: Apr 29



"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."
— Jack Kinder

It is no secret that developing a culture of high performance produces transformational leadership. Envision your organization at a new high performance level and set the standard for high achievement. High performance is attainable, even more so when it becomes a mindset.


André de Waal of the HPO Center says, "A High Performance Organization is an organization that achieves financial and non-financial results that are exceedingly better than those of its peer group over a period of time of five years or more, by focusing in a disciplined way on that which really matters to the organization."


You Set The Standard


Setting the standard for high performance always leads to higher productivity. A culture of lifelong learning produces emerging leaders with the discipline it takes to increase levels of effectiveness. You should believe,


  • You can increase your capacity for productivity

  • You can grow your level of giftedness

  • You can raise your standard for high achievement


Make High Achievement Your Lifestyle


Connor McGregor says, "I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I'm inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers."


Begin where you are with what you have


We don't have to have all the details to begin. The most consistently productive leaders start with what they know best without stalling on what is unfamiliar to them. The first person to set foot on the moon, Astronaut Neil Armstrong said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

  • Taking one small step today leads to giant steps tomorrow, addressing and solving problems as you go.

  • View problems as questions that require an answer as they present themselves.


Intensify and sustain your focus


Increase your focus in degrees, utilizing all resources at your disposal, be relentless in exceeding expectations one objective at a time and move on to the next challenge. Nick Kroll observes, "If you talk to most ambitious people, people who are high achievers, they're rarely at peace with what they're doing because they need an engine to keep moving."


Identify the right people to fill positions, and invest in their development. Educate personnel at all levels on the organization's vision, purpose, and proper protocol. I realize this seems obvious, yet I'm amazed how many good organizations overlook the obvious. See footnote (1)


Begin Now


“High Performers execute in a timely manner more consistently”
— JSP

John Maxwell comments, "Successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily. Once you've decided to grow, the progress is measured day by day. So, what daily steps are you taking to get closer to your goals?"


Begin now by recording your answers to the following questions as clearly and honestly as possible.


  1. What are your objectives for the next twelve months? Be as detailed as possible.

  2. What habits do you have that can hinder you from becoming a high performer?

  3. What are the most formidable challenges facing you in the next three to six months?

  4. What strategies will you employ to address and overcome them?


If you follow through on these four questions, you will be on your way to higher performance and achievements.


"What we can control is our performance and our execution, and that's what we're going to focus on."
— Bill Belichick

End Notes

(1) For more consistency and higher performance see our Master Operating System™ provides simple and practical tools to help entrepreneurs focus on the 8 most critical areas in their business to help create momentum, predictability, and growth. https://bit.ly/3hBBdR9



*** This article was authored by John Picarello, Chief Leadership Officer at Lions Pride Leadership Co. ***



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