Takeaways from office scoreboards

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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.

  1. Facing the difference between your reality and your goal all the time will motivate you and your team to do more.
  2. Tracking progress motivates you to increase your action.
  3. Setting big goals requires you to keep selling the vision, the goal, and the plan to your team.
  4. Your team is going to get overwhelmed. You have to simultaneously let the live in the tension while calming their nerves.
  5. Incentives make a big difference.
  6. You and your team are capable of more than you think you are.
  7. 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.

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