Do Your People Perform Like Penguins on Land or in Water?

A penguin on land is slow and awkward.
It’s a wonder how they survive.

A penguin in water is a lightning-fast hunter.
Perfectly built for its environment.

Same creature. Different context. Vastly different performance.

People are a lot like penguins.

In some jobs we’re like penguins on land; in others, we’re like penguins in water.

High performance is not a permanent quality of a person, and past performance is not the best indicator of future performance. Context matters much more than we think.

You need the right information to build the best possible teams.

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