Are Top Performers Born…or Made?

K. Anders Ericsson, a psychology professor at Florida State University, has spent years studying top performers from many different fields – science, mathematics, sports, the arts, business, etc. and has come to the conclusion that experts and high achievers are made far more often than born and the driver of their performance is deliberate practice.

The researchers found that deliberate practice develops expertise when it incorporates specific goal setting, gives immediate feedback and focuses on technique equally with results.

Deliberate practice drives expert performance. Passion provides the motivation necessary to practice rigorously. The link between passion, practice and performance suggests two fundamentally different kinds of talent recruiting and development approaches.

One strategy is to focus recruiting efforts on attracting talent that has already discovered and demonstrated what they love and excel at and to provide them with a compelling place to stay at the top of their game.

The other approach is to create an environment that helps people find work they can love and develop the skills and expertise to become top performers.

Are Top Performers Born…or Made?

You Can’t predict Talent – Foster it!

Establish a corporate culture where the conditions allow everyone to grow by:
1. Providing an Open Atmosphere where any ideas about improvement gets attention
2. Making an effort to employ a Diverse Workforce
3. Being flexible regarding the workday schedule – Hours are not what count; productivity is
4. Setting goals, then stretching goals, and celebrating the achievements.

You Can’t predict Talent – Foster it!

Posted by Rob Knezovich, Regional Account Executive/ Dental Recruiter. To find out more, call Rob at (540) 491-9107 or email at rknez@etsdental.com.

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