Improve Your Performance Drivers!

What drives you? What drives your organization, business, or team? Sometimes it’s worth a few minutes to look at what others have found to be drivers. The very best learn from others.  They copy the good things and avoid the mistakes.

Are the right drivers at work in your business or team?  Do you need to make adjustments? Most will find that they need to do some adjusting.  Read on and decide what you can and can’t use to adjust the drivers in your business?

Researchers, recently, contended that there were more than 100 drivers of performance.  Ten were performance generators and 90 were performance blockers. The ten Performance Generators in their study were:

  • Corporate Decisiveness
  • Acknowledgment of Work
  • Vision Communicated
  • Corporate Assertiveness
  • Profit Orientation
  • Personal Accountability
  • Cooperation
  • Tolerance for Risk
  • Innovation
  • Customer Orientation

I will let you imagine what all 90 “Blockers” of Performance were.  Some stand out, however, because they tend to emerge over time in almost every group.

  • Fear of conflict (The Abilene Paradox)
  • Lack of trust (The toughest issue for small business?)
  • Dissonance within management – (leaders can’t afford to grumble!)
  • Tolerance of incompetence – (but he is such a nice guy)
  • Bureaucracy – (BTTWWADI – Because that’s they way we’ve always done it.)

What Performance Blockers are standing in your team’s way? Comment, please. If you honestly identify them you can rid yourself of them or, at least, mitigate them. Most important about this study is that you, the leader at any level, can make a few changes to the drivers and your team’s performance will get a lot better. 

Focus on strengths, the drivers, not the blockers.  Work on making your positive performance drivers even better. Doing that will gain more for you and the team than wasting your energy trying to overcome the performance blockers or weaknesses. Do well and the weaknesses will be overlooked.

It doesn’t take much to set the direction.  Keeping the team on course requires constant attention.  As a business owner-friend told me just yesterday, “people don’t leave organizations, they leave bad leaders.”  Agree?

Let’s hear from you via comment, email, or phone 703-395-6409.


About MikeMolinoLLC

Leaders of associations and small businesses have seen tremendous gains with Mike Molino’s guidance. He has helped them in overcome problems and improve the effectiveness of their teams. Mike has lots of experience working with businesses which blend family relationships into their organizations. Mike’s extensive training in professional development, strategic leadership, and strategic thinking and planning provides him with a unique level of expertise. He embodies the strong military values of service, loyalty, honesty and integrity. Few have achieved his remarkable levels of success in two almost thoroughly diverse career fields: the highly disciplined, structured military and the entrepreneurial, market-oriented RV industry. Mike brings this expertise to his clients to help them and their teams increase effectiveness, efficiency and team cohesiveness so they can move forward on a productive path. With a solid grounding in business, liberal arts and the military arenas, Mike brings valuable experience necessary for relating to individuals or groups needing to grow and develop in leadership skills and abilities. Mike Molino Mike is a Certified Association Executive, is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and has extensively used the DISC and the Caliper Assessment. In addition to creating and executing strategic planning strategies for more than 25 years, headed as CEO or COO, Mike also facilitated strategic planning sessions for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. I invite you to see more details about me on and on LinkedIn at
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One Response to Improve Your Performance Drivers!

  1. “BTTWWADI”, man, is that one ever over used! What worked once just might not be the most effective way to do it now.

    Thanks for the new blog post. I enjoyed it.

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