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Conversations for Creating Star Performers: Go Beyond the Performance Review to Inspire Excellence Every Day by Shawn Kent Hayashi

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CHAPTER 1 Engaging Star Performers

Imagine yourself having fun—what comes to mind?

Now, consider what causes you to want to perform well at work. Does work trigger the same emotions that playing does for you?

I’ve asked these questions of hundreds of people. One conversation jumps out at me as I reflect on all the ways people have answered these questions. A bit of background before I share the conversation I had with John as I was volunteering at an Odyssey of the Mind (OM) state competition. I am a passionate volunteer for Odyssey of the Mind. OM is a national creativity building competition for teams that are focused on solving long-term and spontaneous problems. On this particular day, I was matched with a partner whom I had never met before—this ...

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