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Posted on September 29, 2020

Let’s face it, Mostly, all we try to achieve, all we put in our efforts for, all we work for, day in and day out, is good results. What also majorly drives us forward in our career are these results. And I don’t intend to imply that results are everything, your efforts, the process, the journey will take a spot above results. But, say what you may, unfortunately or unluckily, the only thing today’s performance oriented, ruthless and careless world demands is ROI, a testimony to your efforts. Well, the tough thing to find in today’s world is how to deliver the expected results while enjoying the process, the journey and refraining from undertaking any excess, unwanted stress thereby. So, technically, the question, more or less is, How to be results driven? How could you possibly be more results driven?

A quote seems very apt to put in in this situation.

“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on actions that produce results.”

- Paddy Ashdown.

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Table of contents :

  1. What you need to know about being results driven.
  2. Tips to be more results drive for employees.
  3. Tips for employers to help your employees be more results driven.

That is so apt. And that’s the mistake for most of us. We are so very focused on the results that we often overlook many simple things that are the most effective to achieve those results. And the demands of the fast growing 21st century require a very performance - based approach, which some do apply correctly, some, unfortunately do not, but that’s maybe for another blog. 

And if you know, you don’t pick someone out of the blue and him/her into a beast in terms of performance. It takes time, nurturing, patience and trust. Eluid Kipchoge didn’t run the first sub 2 hours marathon by training just for a day. Usian Bolt didn’t run his way to an astonishing 9.58 seconds 100 metres by a single day of training. It takes time. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You can, everybody can, nobody can stop you but yourself. And if your question is “How to be results driven”, let me tell you, you’ve clicked the correct link.

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So, now then, let’s get to business straightaway, shall we?

I’ve purposely divided this blog into 2 sections. Section 1 consists of tips for a worker to turn himself/herself into a more result driven and oriented person. Section 2 consists of advice for employers who are pushing their employees to be results driven and performance oriented. If you miss either of those, you were the impostor.

Section 1 : Tips on how to be results driven - for employees/self-workers/anyone.

1) Trust the process and yourself : 

Nothing is perfect from the get go. Even the best have an off day and that’s what makes us humans and not machines. Weirdly, A question to ask yourself to get an answer for “How to be results driven” is “If I don’t trust myself or the process, am I correct in believing in expecting others to trust me?”. That answers quite a lot for itself, doesn’t it? And think about it, if your own conscience finds it difficult to trust itself, what can others possibly expect from you? The first and foremost thing to do is trust yourself and your process, and back yourself up. Give yourself the confidence you deserve and need. Rest assured, not only will you be on the right path that you wanted to be, but others will drop in their support too.


2) Move on over failures, everyday is a new beginning : 

To be results driven, it’s critical for you to forget about your past results. That which doesn’t concern you or that which you can’t control, you should restrain from spending any time and energy in fixing those, and moreover, absolutely prohibit them to dictate and control your future results. In a game of Cricket, if you go out to bat thinking about a duck you scored in the last inning of yours, more often than not, you’d come back to your dressing room sooner than later. What’s done is done ( Until we say it’s done, Yeah, Ethan Hunt, Mission Impossible 6 ). Fact is, there’s a difference between movies and real life. And the best way to start fresh is to let go of what happened until then, just learn from what you did wrong and continue doing what you did right. Yes, it is easier said than done, but being results oriented requires a bit of effort.


3) You’re as good as everyone else :

Read that again, and you’ll be on the path right away for being results driven. Nobody is extraordinary, nobody is ordinary either ( unless you do think of yourself to be ). Extraordinary folks are one with ordinary talent and extraordinary hard work, dedication and belief. You are as good as any soul that ever lived on this planet. You can be the results driven expert that you always dreamt of, and you’ve also possibly figured on how to make yourself more results driven, but you’re maybe holding yourself back. Let go of that anchor, you can sail wherever you wish then.   


4) What you imagine is what you become, imagine and don’t doubt yourself :

An extension of the previous point. It’s quite easy to gather information on how to be a more results driven version of yourself, all you need is a couple of blogs. Why read this then? Well, while others primarily focus on the “how to do” aspect, we focus on the mental aspect and the other simple, fine intricacies that more often than not, make the match winning, life changing difference. So, don’t speak low of yourself, especially in public. Imagine yourself of achieving all you ever wanted, you’ll soon figure out a way to reach there.


5) Focus on outcomes or results, rather than the task :

A task is something you do, an outcome is something that occurs as a consequence of what you do. For example, a task - “I had meetings with 4 prospects”, an outcome - “I closed a sale with 3 customers”. Naturally, we all focus more on the task, but to be successful we need to start with the end in mind. So first, define your objective and the key results that come with it, before spending time on your task

Section 2 - Advice for employers who are pushing their employees to be more results driven.

1) Be patient and back your people :

Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it? As a leader, your job is not just to get the job done from your team, it’s more of bringing the best of your team to the table. And that needs patience and backing them up, trusting them in times of adversaries. That’s when your team needs you the most, that’s the perfect opportunity to testify that you ain’t just another employer but a genuine, great leader. Support your team, back them up, give them the cushion to fall upon and they’ll repay your faith and support by working their hearts out for you. You were a noob too, when you were new, weren’t you? So are you, help them be the pro.


2) Sometimes, results ain’t everything, humanly values are :

At the end of the day, we are not machines, I’ll say that again. We are human beings. And after 5, when you have given all you had, irrespective of the results, you deserve a pat on your back for giving your absolute and undivided best. And results ain’t everything my friend. People won’t remember for how results driven you were, they’ll remember you for what kind of a human being you were to them. Results are extremely important in today’s world, for sure, but they ain’t everything. Be more human ( More like a MG, wink wink ) and it’s okay to miss out sometimes despite giving your all. That’s life, my friend. Head down or chin up, whichever phrase you like better and move on. Success demands consistency.


And, that’s that then, folks. Hopefully, by now, you have a solid answer to “How to be results driven” and just a word, nothing can stop you.

So, head out ( not out of your homes, unnecessarily ) and be the best version of yourself you wanted to be.


Happy results, my friend!

Thank you!

- Images by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Post Author: Abhishek Mehta

Abhishek Mehta is a Co-founder of Skillephant, a skill development and management firm that helps organisations build and manage teams. Prior to this, while working with globally leading e-commerce clients at a real estate firm, Abhishek was able to build an expertise in project and human resource management. It was early in his career when he learnt about the valuable role that a strong human capital plays in an organization's success. Abhishek is ardent about making a difference and providing people with vital learning and development resources that can pave the path to success.