On my Sunday mornings I read the paper. I saw a particular article titled – which is the greatest movie performance of all time? (Available from SMH.com) The article concluded that Jack Nicholson’s Oscar winning performance in the One who Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was the best performance of all time. That got me thinking of all the great performances I’d seen and on occasions – acted. This led me to two questions – How many times has someone gotten the accolades for something you have achieved? & How do the greatest actors deliver consistently good performances, Regardless of the theme? – Have you ever seen a bad De-Niro performance?
I will address the first thing first – as Stephen Covey taught me. How many times has somebody gotten the credit for your good work? Well, for many of us, the answer is a lot of the time. The greatest and most successful people often began under attention-seeking managers. But, their good work was recognized eventually – and the reward was greater than the problems they had to endure. I know when I was growing up as a recruiter, I worked for some pretty attention seeking bosses – especially in the bigger agencies where it’s harder to get noticed.
By far the greatest challenge in business is giving your best work all of the time, even when you can’t always be recognized. Integrity and endurance will reward you in the end – I guarantee it. I was watching my son play Ice Hockey and his coach said something that will stick with me always – The greatest teams use individual talents to create a system where everyone works and is rewarded equally. If this is our system, we will win. Remember that you are part of a team, and you don’t always have to be the all-star. However, on occasion you should remind your manager of the good work you have done. You deserve a reward.
On another note - the second question was brought to my attention after my first thought. How do the greatest actors deliver consistently good performances, Regardless of the theme? The best performers are consistently outstanding because they have anchors. Anchors they use before every performance. Anchors are an NLP tool that help people be the best they can be.
The other thing that all great performers, at least in the acting world do is learn their scripts and use them effectively. There’s more information on script-writing and a lot of examples in my book – The Art of Recruitment 2nd Edition – available from trtc.com.au
I hope these tips have helped and brightened your day.
Be the best you can be – and use every resource you have available to you.