Abridged from Phil Burgess’ Bonus Years column in the Sunday Annapolis Capital Gazette posted on 2.24.2013.
Some people are “early bloomers.” Others are “late bloomers” or “shooting stars” who glow brightly and then peter out. Still others are “persistent performers,” who start early and don’t stop when they turn 60 or 65. Paul Elliott is a persistent performer who is diving, not wading, into his bonus years. As a management consultant, writer and speaker, he is an evangelist for what he calls “exemplary performance” – also the title of his recent book, Exemplary Performance: Driving Business Results by Benchmarking Your Star Performers (Paul Elliott and Alfred Folsom – Jossey-Bass, 2013).
His mission: To help enterprises improve leadership and produce more wealth by emulating the skills, attitudes and practices of their high performers. When C.S. Lewis said, “It’s never too late to set another goal or to dream a new dream,” I think Paul Elliott was listening. By any measure, he is a bonus years exemplar.
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