Posts Tagged ‘critical drivers’

Set Your Own Targets

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Managers spend an average of 37 percent of their workday dealing with poor performers and bad behaviors. Imagine how much would be available for raises and bonuses if that hole in the bottom of the bucket wasn’t creating the need for cutting what is available for payroll!

Taking responsibility for your attitude and results is the fastest way to a promotion, a raise, and a life of sanity and abundance.

First, understand that you choose your attitude moment by moment. Just because life isn’t perfect—and it never is—that doesn’t give us the right to pout, sabotage, hold back, or otherwise give free rein to our destructive behaviors.

Next, you must take responsibility for getting a crystal-clear understanding of your critical drivers and report on those on a weekly basis. Ideally this starts by looking at your job description, but a lot of positions simply don’t have them. And even if they do, they often lack critical drivers and clear targets.

Not sure what your targets should be? Lay out what you THINK the targets are, get agreement from your boss, then take aim and fire. You won’t get a bull’s-eye every time. Just demonstrate integrity and transparency by letting your boss know what you hit, what you missed, and what your corrective action plan is to improve your aim.

Sweeping the Dirt Under the Rug

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

I remember it like it was yesterday. One of the jobs my mother asked me to do when I was a little girl was sweeping the floor. I was a typical kid, meaning I didn’t really want to do it all the way through.

So I swept the room fair enough…but I swept the dirt under the rug.

I still remember the little monologue that went on in my head: It’s not that big a deal. Out of sight, out of mind. Mom will never even notice.

And she didn’t notice—for a while.