Performance: Personal Goals Review
Can you specifically state your performance strengths and weaknesses?
Do you have short and long term tactics to improve your performance?
Have you simplified your daily practice to support better performance?
Welcome back to the final post of 2014’s Summer Performance Series! This second half of summer our Monday’s posts have been filled with performance strategies and tactics to help you optimize your leadership and business performance. Let’s dive into this last round and at the end I’ll have links for you to go back to the other posts in this series.
How’s your own performance measuring up?
Measuring performance, especially for oneself, isn’t always an easy task. Yet, it can be. Assessing performance involves getting out of your own head to objectively assess if your own performance is appropriate or not. If it is this simple, why is this so darn difficult?
First, no one likes hearing they aren’t a superstar. I understand this completely! Second, many find it difficult to change their mindset to become objective and/or unbiased for this to be done properly. Third, it takes time. Everything takes time: how much time did you spend watching TV, volunteering, doing personal social media, or hanging out with friends this past week? No judgement if you should or shouldn’t be doing any of these – it’s more a matter of awareness that everything takes time and all day long we make choices about how we spend our time.
Notice your performance: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Can you specifically state 5 of your strengths and 3 of your weaknesses right now – on the spot? Stop right here for a moment and write them down. Ready? Go! Congratulations, you took a moment of unbiased awareness to help you improve your performance!
It’s important to remember your weaknesses. Whether you had difficulty identifying 3 or not, take time to dig a little deeper. The longer this list becomes, the greater opportunity you create to improve your performance. Remember, even Superman has a weakness! Identifying your cryptonite. Then create an action plan to learn how to minimize it to help you improve your performance significantly!
What’s my cryptonite? Without a doubt, tedious bookkeeping. Do you like how I even gave it a descriptor? Bookkeeping, which is critical to business success, is one of my weaknesses. It’s boring to me; therefore, I don’t pay attention to it as much as I should. I gladly pay my CPA to handle all those activities so I can focus on what I’m good at and enjoy doing. Yes, outsourcing is how I chose to manage this particular weakness. However, there are other weaknesses I choose to manage and improve myself. Ponder your weaknesses. Are you choosing how to manage them in a productive manner?
What about your strengths? Whatever you do, don’t neglect them! Your strengths are the key ingredients in your awesome sauce! Even if your strengths are innate or naturally occurring, you still need to develop them further. What if you are a natural ____? Imagine, with a little learning and practice how good of a ____ you may become? Perhaps, even acknowledged by your marketplace as an expert!
What adjustments will help align you with your performance goals?
Now here’s what really matters… determining which changes will support you with improving your performance. Usually sustainable changes happen incrementally. It is acceptable to create a big shift in your habits to support significant improvement in one big sweeping action. CAUTION: Big sweeping actions are commonly difficult to consistently maintain. So how do you do this?
Select your top 3 tasks which must be performed impeccably by you to improve your performance.
With each task take the 7 step process:
- Review what is your required performance level to get the results you are responsible to attain.
- Review what your performance has been for the past year.
- Identifying your gap between your required and actual performance.
- Make a list answering, “Why is this gap here?” Answer honestly – you need to be working on this specifically to improve the most important impactors of your performance.
- Then decide how to minimize, or even eradicate, the gap via starting new support activities (possibly training, new technology and/or processes, or coaching) to reinforce the new habits to help you.
- Make these new activities the first thing you do each day to lock in your new habit for success!
- Repeat this weekly or at least monthly to keep supporting your changing habits.
Top performers are always assessing their own performance and routinely doing the above 7 steps. It’s a game. Want to play a game and see how good you can become before 2014 is complete?
Our 2014’s Summer Performance Series Recap:
We began with discerning if your business is too diverse and inconsistent in Performance: Business Simplicity.
We looked at how a defined Business Vision can guide our performance in Performance: Business’s Vision.
Next we learned to create a supporting Job Description and Business Mission in Performance: Job Description Update.
We also determined if your Business Goals were outdated, delusional, or relevant in Performance: Business Goals Review.
Additionally we reviewed looking at personal goals and if they truly align with the Business’s Goals (this is important for solo entrepreneurs (it’s for you) as well as teams (it’s for other members) in Performance: Personal Goals Review.
And we conclude with perhaps the most significant performance of all: Your Own! Please, let me know how I may be able to serve you with any of these point of performance. I offer a 90 minute no-cost consultation to you!
Maggie’s curious: What’s your cryptonite AND how are you minimizing it? Please feel free to share in the comment section so we can learn from each other!
THANKS FOR ALLOWING ME TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS!
If you or your business needs rescuing on this particular topic
or any other Business Strategies we have been discussing,
please reach out to Maggie (262) 716.7750, Central Time, for YOUR No-cost Consultation