Turning your average employees into stars Featured

8:00pm EDT July 21, 2002
If you think a top performer can be characterized simply as being intelligent, a better problem solver, more creative, more driven and outgoing, and willing to take risks, local author Robert Kelley is out to prove you wrong.

In his new book, "How to Be a Star at Work" (Random House Inc.'s Times Business unit), this Carnegie Mellon University business school professor says research proves top performers don't fit any specific personality stereotypes. Rather, it's a consistent pattern of certain day-to-day behaviors that clenches stardom.

In his book, Kelley identifies nine "key work strategies" (in order of importance) designed to push employees beyond mediocrity. Star employees:

1. Show initiative

2. Network with those in the know

3. Manage their whole lives at work

4. Maintain a broad perspective of their jobs

5. Work as an independent but cooperative follower

6. Take ownership of projects as a positive contributor to a team

7. Lead by convincing workers using their expertise and influence

8. Learn to navigate the competing interests of their organization

9. Learn to persuade their audience with the right message

You can reach Kelley by Internet at www.KelleyIdeas.com.