Thursday, 12 January 2017

Improvement is a process, not a destination.

Some great advice, that I intend to work with in 2017.

'Work to improve one aspect of your leadership and make a few obvious improvements. Then turn your attention to something else, don't get stuck in one place tweaking the same thing!'

10 steps on the journey to improvement:

  1. Identify and maximize high impact activities. Make a list of everything you’re doing. Rank each item on the list by the impact it has on desired results. Use a scale of one to ten.
  2. Choose one high impact activity to improve this month or quarter. You might improve your one-on-ones or strengthen relationships on your teams. You might decide to address a pain point, seize an opportunity, or maximize someone’s strengths.
  3. Determine an outcome.
  4. Identify behaviors that might achieve desired results.
  5. What behaviors might hinder desired results? (What do you need to stop?)
  6. Choose a time-frame that provides a sense of urgency, a month or quarter.
  7. Evaluate at the end of the time-frame.
    • What did you try?
    • How did it work?
    • Celebrate progress. Reject the need for perfection.
  8. Stabilize and systematize.
  9. Focus on improving something else. Return to improve the same area in six months.
  10. Identify and minimize low impact activities on your list. Yes, you still have to fill out reports.

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