Let’s go back to the example of Amanda taking initiative. It takes initiative to send the email to the developer, but she also had to stay results-driven and focus on the outcome to make sure the issue was really fixed for the customers. You’ve got a goal, and you’re willing to do what it takes to complete the task in a way that you will truly be proud of. So just sending off the issue and forgetting about it doesn’t count!
Part of the results-driven skill is understanding your approach to reaching a goal. It’s helpful to have a growth mindset, which means that you’re confident you can develop specific abilities as you need them (like creating a hypothesis for why the software isn’t working). A positive outlook will help you commit to practicing something new and will help you get past the hurdles you’ll face along the way. It will also help you pick yourself up and try again when things don’t go your way. And practicing your productivity skill can help you stay results-driven by allowing you to create a plan and prioritize the tasks you need to reach your goal.
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The results-driven skill is essential in any career. Today’s employees are required to complete their tasks while being flexible and responsive to changes that happen along the way. Being results-driven helps professional teams stay successful since they are always focused on achieving their goals. And it can also help you reach success as you strive for personal goals outside of school and work (Do, 1).
EXAMPLEAt Poodle Jumper, we put an emphasis on outcomes versus output. This means we don’t necessarily care how much work you do; we care about what impact your work has. We do this by measuring the results of individuals, teams, products, and the organization as a whole. We report on the product and organizational key performance indicators (KPIs), every week to know if we are getting better or worse. Because we measure what matters, it is easy to know if we are succeeding or not. If your organization doesn’t do this, you can start by trying to measure the impact of your work.
Source: Do, B. (December 22, 2017). How a Results-Driven Culture Supports the Latest Workforce Trends. Retrieved from https://www.upwork.com/articles/hr-hiring