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High performers are treated differently

Calvin Johnson, as a high performer, is treated differently
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If you pay any attention to professional sports, you will notice one trend above any other. High performers (All-Stars) are treated differently. The best or highest paid players on a team receive special privileges that the lower level players do not receive.

Roger Clemens, late in his career, did not have to travel with the team on non-pitching days. His high performer status allowed him to be treated differently.

Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, normally does not practice with the rest of the Detroit Lions on Wednesays during the football season. He doesn't practice so his body can have an extra day to heal. His high performer status and high production on the field, has allowed him to be treated differently.

The same trend occurs in business as well. This is why the highest ranking executives receive perks that other employees do not receive. They receive company vehicles (normally luxury vehicles), more vacation days or stock options.

Is there anything wrong with this?

Life isn't fair and it shouldn't be. People who work harder or produce better results should be treated differently. They deserve those extra perks. Are you treated differently, i.e., better, than your peers at work? If not, then you are probably not seen by management as a high performer.

You can ask your boss to treat you differently but you will be unsuccessful unless you're a high performer. How do you know if you're a high performer? Yes, you can know. And, you can change from being a low performer to being a high performer pretty easily.

Take these steps to become a high performer:

1. Get more done - High performers are more productive than their peers. You don't necessarily have to work more hours. Instead, be more focused and more productive in the hours you do work.

2. Ask for additional responsibilities or projects - High performers do more than their base responsibilities. They want to be challenged intellectually, physically, emotionally. Ask to lead a special project or take responsibilities away from your boss.

3. Have ideas - High performers think. Yes, you read that correctly. They think. High performers are creative. They identify ways to streamline a process or increase effectiveness of personnel. They share their ideas to help the company.

4. Be self-motivated - High performers do not require external motivation. Instead, they are internally motivated.

5. Ask your boss - If you want your boss to see you as a high performer, ask what you need to do. Your boss' idea of a high performer may be different than yours. You want to make sure you are on the same page.

Once you become a high performer and management sees the value you bring to your organization, you can ask for special treatment. You don't want to go over-the-top on your requests but you should be treated differently if you perform your job better than others.

You can ask for higher raises, faster promotions, scheduling flexibility, etc. High performers are treated differently. Don't you want to be treated differently?