Stretching the boundaries has many leaders and high potentials feeling overworked and undervalued while to-do lists continue to expand. It’s a vital time to ask key questions that keep your actions on course toward improvement.
Maximizing measurements that matter in your work life will assist you in achieving your goals and avoiding reactions that derail your best intentions. You’ll know when the measurements are working when you see aspiring leaders keep adapting and trying for more progress.
Establishing critical measurements that matter help us build upon strengths, increase self-confidence, and explore new possibilities. Measurements also provide us a mechanism to improve our resilience during those times when we take a risk but fall short of our objectives. They help minimize the disruptive thoughts our brains naturally steer us toward that can pull us off course.
How can leaders stay proactive and keep their time, energy, and impact from being wasted? What are the motivating measures that can be addressed day-to-day, bringing you closer to your goals and keeping your mind engaged? Here are some measures to consider:
- Where did you save and/or lose time? How much?
- How did you increase your level of energy and engagement? What actions might be necessary to improve and/or sustain it?
- How were you able to refocus your time and/or energy toward your most meaningful and high-priority goals?
- What motivated you to take more positive actions?
- What conversations, with whom, were energizers? Why? Whom do you need to recognize?
- How did you collaborate more effectively or support others in reaching their own targets?
Here are some ways to put those measures to work to keep you agile during a transition:
- Define the transition ahead and decide what goals will mean the most to you.
- Identify which of these goals are emotionally meaningful.
- Take time each day to review your measures. Keep them fresh in your mind and let them serve as helpful reminders of the overall goal.
- Each evening, assess what was effective, identify areas to improve upon, and let go of what didn’t work. Identify what you can do differently the very next day and put trying it on your to-do list.
- At the end of the week, reflect on your overall progress and make the necessary adjustments. Find an accountability partner – a trusted friend, business partner, or colleague – to share your findings with.
- Over the weekend, review your measures and ask whether they are still on target with your intentions or whether they need to be adapted to give you an accurate picture. Consider adding new measures that might be helpful.
- Be willing to share encouragement and relevant insights with others to support outstanding progress and ask for feedback from others. This step will build respect and pride in the collective effort toward progress.
Staying focused on what’s meaningful and important now and on what’s next can help you avoid unnecessary struggling and generate experiences that display more of the best in yourself and your leadership capabilities.
Remain committed to measuring what matters, especially when excuses creep in over time and threaten to slow your movement forward.
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©2011 All rights reserved. Judy White, SPHR, GPHR, HCS is the President of The Infusion Group ™ LLC, a workplace culture design firm, specializing in the future of work – based in the Raleigh/Durham, NC area. For more information, go to www.theinfusiongroupllc.com and discover how to move your ideas and potential forward.