High performance is idiosyncratic

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

"High performance is idiosyncratic and the higher the level of performance the greater the level of idiosyncrasy." Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall

I am so enjoying Marcus and Ashley's book the 'Nine Lies About Work' in which they seriously call into question the reliability and validity of what so many call 'best practice' in today's workplace.

One of my favourite 'lies' is that the best people are well rounded.

According to Goodall "When we study excellence, the most glaring finding is that no two humans, doing the same job really well in the same field, achieve excellence in the same way.

Instead, they achieve excellence by figuring out their unique advantages and how to use those to the greatest extent.

They’re what we call “spikey,” and all the evidence suggests that’s it’s spikiness, not well-roundedness, that’s the foundation of excellence."