Creating High Performers

Professional Growth Systems is excited to spotlight the 2nd edition of Bill’s terrific book

Creating High Performers: 7 Questions to Ask Your Direct Reports

By William Dann with Foreword by Ken BlanchardBook-Cover-300x220.png

In Creating High Performers, Bill answers the question that consistently surfaced throughout his forty years of working with leaders: “Have I done all I can to improve performance?” Not having certainty on this question often leads to not confronting the sub-standard performance

He developed the 7 questions as the foundation for a critical conversation between leaders and their direct reports…a conversation designed to help end this uncertainty. Working through the 7 Questions with their subordinates, leaders gain an understanding of what is needed to advance the performance, engagement and morale of those they supervise.

What’s new in this 2nd edition?

  • An expanded discussion of why and how the traditional model for supervision is failing
  • A clear definition of a proposed new role of supervisor (people manager) to meet the needs of today’s workforce, including a listing of what products or outcomes a people manager should be delivering
  • How to restart and build a strong working relationship with employees
  • Follow-up questions for each of the 7 Questions to clarify what’s possibly missing that could lead to improved performance
  • Why it is essential to ask the 7 Questions in the context of current performance, i.e., whether it exceeds, meets, or falls below expectations
  • An expanded discussion on how to discern whether poor performance is a Can’t Do or Won’t Do problem and how to solve it
  • A new chapter on how the six ways to employ the 7 Questions for improved organizational performance
  • An expanded Troubleshooting chapter based on challenges/questions of managers that have been trained and coached on the 7 Questions method..

What other’s have said –

“…I love Bill’s book. He introduces 7 Questions you can use to partner with your people for better performance…Use Bill Dann’s good questions, and I guarantee not only that you will become a better leader/manager, but that your people will become better performers.”    – Ken Blanchard, Coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Cofounder of the Ken Blanchard Companies

WMD '14-2“As a person who has managed nation-wide teams in the Fortune 500, been an owner of an Inc. 500 (#89), and advised senior leadership teams in hundreds of companies I know the difference between good and great when I read it. I only wish I’d had this book 30 years ago. This is truly a great management book”     – Eric Albertson, Executive Coach for Leadership Teams

“How I wish that a copy of William Dann’s little book, Creating High Performers, had been with my keys to the ‘C-Suite’ when I was catapulted from the role of CEO’s assistant to line manager with 9 direct reports, leading a newly created division at the tender age of 31. (I suspect those 9 team members would have appreciated it even more than I.)”      – Walter W. Borton, Communications and Management Consultant

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