I posted the other day about going after big goals. One of the ways we are staying focused is a scoreboard system. It’s designed to make us aware of where we are at, so we stay connected to what we need to do to achieve our goals.
I bought some plexiglass and command strips from Lowe’s to make cheap and neat looking dry-erase boards. I broke down our monthly goals down to weekly goals and daily achievements. Those numbers are written on the board. I update them frequently, and every time something is accomplished it’s check it off. I make a really big deal about hitting the daily targets.
This system is working really well this week, even though it took a couple of weeks for my team to take it seriously. I think they were wondering if I was going to stick with it. I did stick with it, and they have gotten behind it.
We have set records in a few areas of our company this week and we are significantly ahead of past performance.
A few takeaways.
- Facing the difference between your reality and your goal all the time will motivate you and your team to do more.
- Tracking progress motivates you to increase your action.
- Setting big goals requires you to keep selling the vision, the goal, and the plan to your team.
- Your team is going to get overwhelmed. You have to simultaneously let the live in the tension while calming their nerves.
- Incentives make a big difference.
- You and your team are capable of more than you think you are.
- Going after big goals is exhausting, but more fulfilling than waiting to see what comes your way.
I am really proud of my team for stepping up the way they have. I can’t wait to see where we will be a month from now.