Mar 27, 2018
Be Careful What You Measure
Mike Simmons started the year attempting a 10k steps a day
objective. Four to five days into the test he decided it
would only be a 28-day experiment. This week we will discuss
how this test applies in business and in life. We discuss the
importance of choosing the right things to measure, choosing the
right goals, and choosing the right tools to capture the
data. We also talk about goal setting, and include a request
at the end of the show notes.
- Why did you do it?
- What did you learn?
- Jody is well over 700 days, over 8M steps - what do you think
about someone who has accomplished that - or chosen that goal?
- How does
this apply to business?
- 10K steps is not a lot of steps, unless you choose the wrong
- Be Careful what you measure & How you measure those things
- Imagine how many times you get in your own way
- The tool I was using was not capturing an accurate
- Be careful on how you decide to measure success
- Ask questions - i.e. are there other ways to measure
- Don't be so rigid - that you have to measure in a certain
- You can hack the tool to get the data you want to, but is this
the right thing to do. Be careful about manipulating
- When you make a commitment - execute against that
- Quite often, we see what others have accomplished, and compare
ourselves to them, this creates challenges including a skewed
- Dr. Jordan Peterson - Don’t measure yourself against others,
measure yourself against how you improve yourself each day.
- The 28 days forced behavior change, and required making some
trades on other things.
- You have to do the reps up front, do the work early.
- If you know what your desired outcome is, know you why, it
becomes easier to give certain things up.
- Within our careers - if we have planned what we want, what our
values are, why we are doing something - prioritization becomes
easier. If we do not, we may be driven by the noise, or
things we come across, and lose direction.
- Give yourself time to determine if it is the right fit, don't
fall into the trap of a perpetual pivot.
- Stay the course for a period of time, but set timelines &
evaluate if you are moving in the right direction.
- If you are not measuring anything today - start measuring
- If you are not measuring - how do you know if you are making
- Be careful about what you measure
- Be careful how you measure
- Adapt, iterate, be ready to make changes as you go along
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