Do you work with a Meryl Streep? How to identify and retain star performers

The self-starter The self-starter

Superstar employees are self-starters who continually take on new challenges and responsibilities, pushing themselves and those around them to step outside of their written job descriptions and think outside the box. In addition, they don’t shy away from making the tough call in order to achieve what’s right for the customer and their company.

Loves learning Loves learning

High potential employees are always enhancing and improving their craft. Not only do they learn from their mistakes, they seek feedback from others and continually embrace new ideas and creative ways of thinking.

Strategic mindset Strategic mindset

Star performers rarely focus the majority of their attention on short-term strategies. Instead, they keep an eye out for trends or voids in the marketplace and turn them into opportunities for their company’s long-term success.

Clear line of sight Clear line of sight

Superstar employees have no trouble rising above an avalanche of activities, meetings and work emergencies to keep a clear focus and discipline on what really matters.

Well-liked and genuine Well-liked and genuine

High potential employees are energetic, genuine and well-liked individuals. They know how to foster teamwork, inspire those around them and ensure that other employees know their contributions matter to the company.

Influential communicator Influential communicator

Perhaps the most important characteristic of a leader is their ability to speak in a way that inspires and captures the energy and imagination of others. A star performer helps others see the positives that can be achieved in the workplace and directs employees toward a personal and professional path of success.

Give star performers their very own Oscar moment Give star performers their very own Oscar moment

As the economy continues to recover and companies start hiring again, it’s crucial for businesses to prioritize initiatives that attract, engage and retain high potential employees. One way to do this is to give top performers their “Oscars moment,” whether by hosting a “red-carpet” event within the workplace or simply treating talented individuals to a company dinner. The idea is to actively recognize employee contributions and instill a workplace culture that maximizes employee engagement and productivity.

This Sunday, America’s hottest celebrities will walk the red carpet in celebration of the 84th annual Academy Awards. Just because the average person will be watching the celebration at home in their slippers, doesn’t mean they’re not superstars. To help CEOs and other senior executives identify employees worthy of an accolade, Dr. Paul H. Eccher, co-founder and principal of The Vaya Group, a talent management company, and author of Optimizing Talent: What Every Leader and Manager Needs to Know to Sustain the Ultimate Workforce, put together the following list of characteristics that signal superstar employees.

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