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What makes the high fliers fly?

Are you curious about success? Do you wonder how some people become very successful very quickly and still seem to have a great life outside work? Whereas others, who work very hard, struggle to accomplish the same?

_MG_5437 webDo you sometimes feel that you and your team are stuck in a rut, with deadlines and opportunities being missed? Or that your people aren’t performing the way you imagined when you first employed them?

Would you believe us if we told you that the key to professional success is simple – it’s down to 1 Key Attitude and a Set of 7 Skills that can be learnt by anyone?

_MG_5458 web20 years ago a team of psychologists were commissioned to carry out a study with hundreds of graduates at the London Stock Exchange. The question that was put to the team was, “What makes the high fliers fly while the overwhelming majority flounder?”

The results of the initial study were very exciting. We then continued the research in many other organisations, with hundreds more professionals, over a long period of time, and the findings were just the same.

Success isn’t down to having a high IQ

Success in the workplace has nothing to do with having a high IQ. It has more to do with EQ – Emotional Intelligence – the way we relate to each other, and ourselves.

The underlying attitude that was clearly identified by the research is one of Responsible Initiative.

Those who are most successful take responsibility for creating their own success by shaping their own environment. They take ownership, they come to us with solutions rather than problems, they don’t shoot from the hip, and they take the needs of others into account.

The 7 key skills of successful professionals

Successful professionals:

1. Clarify what is to be done
2. Have strategic business awareness
3. Control their own workload and manage projects effectively
4. Negotiate for success
5. Manage relationships and make the best use of people’s strengths
6. Manage their own learning, consistently seeking feedback to improve
7. Manage their own career and use networking skills well

What you can expect from Pioneering Professional

Pioneering Professional, previously known as Self Directing Professional, is a programme that teaches your team how to develop the underlying attitude and 7 key attributes that will ultimately guarantee their personal success.

It gives individuals the opportunity to review and enhance their thinking and skills, raise their game, enjoy their careers, and take their performance from good to extreme.

How to get started

It all starts with popping your name and email address into the boxes above right. We’ll send you some more information. Not every organisation is ready for this powerful programme, so we will set up a discussion to see if it’s right for you.

Our success stories give an insight into how we use this remarkable system and the possibilities for you and your people. Click below to find out more.

Watching the difference this makes to the development of people is fantastic and is a real testament to the programme. It works at all levels and helps not just individuals but organisational development as well.” Sue Davie, Chief Executive, Meningitis Trust
(now Meningitis Now)

We accept that our cars need a regular service and MOT in order to perform effectively and safely. How do we manage to overlook the fact our careers need the same attention? This gives you a great set of tools to help you regularly review and improve your performance at work.” Nicky Cowling, Director, Good Day Yellow

Our research demonstrated that what differentiated the successful, effective people from others who were less effective, was one key attitude and a set of 7 key skills. The effective people had naturally acquired this mindset and skills, and it was nothing to do with having a high IQ.” Dr Derek Biddle

Great teams are made of great individuals.” Sir Clive Woodward OBE