I’m guessing most all of those who read this haven’t been, aren’t and won’t ever be Olympic athletes. (If you are please leave a comment I’d love to know!) I’m also guessing with about the same level of certainty that you have watched, heard about or read about at least some of the Olympic activities over the past few days.
Here is my biggest lesson so far.
Everything is measured.
Of course the timing is kept, the judging scores are kept too – these are obvious. But split times, travel times, temperatures at snow level, snow amounts, speeds, and MUCH more are also measured and kept.
Before you dismiss this with a profound and loud DUH, think again.
Yes, the nature of the work of these athletes has measurement involved, but so does your business.
Yes they measure lots of things, and maybe it seems easier to measure what they do. Perhaps that is true, but it doesn’t change the fact that they measure and they keep score, of everything.
AND they are world class; don’t you want to be too?
We often read that what doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done (I believe this is generally true). And we read that we can’t measure everything that is important (I also believe this is generally true). When confronted with these two views, too many of us (me included too often), justify our lack of measurement and gauging of progress to the “you can’t measure everything camp.”
I’m becoming more convinced that few of us measure enough, and perhaps don’t measure the right things.
As I look at my work as a business owner, leader, consultant, coach, trainer, speaker and writer, I can clearly come up with more measures than I currently use. And my own experience shows that as I measure more and compete against those measures (do you hear accountability?), I get better results.
Here are five quick measures I could (and shall) employ specifically as it relates to my writing role.
- How long does it take me to write an email followup sequence? (get a baseline and then beat it).
- How long does it take me to write a typical blog post? (depends on if I find a picture, but typically about 15 minutes – but I don’t have a good enough handle on it yet).
- How long does it take for me to write an issue of our newsletter, Unleash Your Remarkable Potential?
- How long does it take me to write a handout, MAP or Review Tool for members of The Remarkable Leadership Learning System? (each is different, and at least one of them needs to be tightened up)
- How many words can I write in an hour or a day, when working on a longer writing project?
These are some of my personal examples, and likely most or none will be applicable to you. I did this on purpose.
As a leader you must determine those measures most important for you.
All that is at stake is greater success for you and your organization.