Recently I blogged about how performance measurement aids in creating high-performance cultures. But performance measurement should never eclipse an organization’s most powerful asset- people.
Metrics and measures have a funny way of pushing their way into the forefront of a leaders attention, particularly during times when they’re facing economic hardship or increased stress. Often they hole-up in their office and stare at numbers on their screen thinking that if they just stare hard enough, maybe they’ll move. They retreat and spend less time with their team.
When I see that happening, I encourage leaders to get out of the office and invest in their people first. I’ve found that when we do that, the numbers will almost always correct themselves.
Performance measurement begins with investment in people.
In his book, The Carolina Way, Dean Smith says that it’s critical to focus on people and process, not on winning. Winning will be the end result. His rational – If
Albert Einstein once said “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then, you have to play better than anyone else.”
We are not born successful. Whether you have talent in a particular area or not, you have to work hard to become successful. The truth is, you can become successful at almost anything you set your mind to.
Through the years I’ve learned there are certain things we can do to become successful at almost anything. Here are 7 that I’ve identified.
1. Find Your Passion
The first rule of success is to find what you love and do it. Exerting energy in the work of something that you don’t enjoy is not sustainable. Eventually you will burn out. Continue Reading…
Great leaders have nonnegotiable values and they surround themselves with people who share those values. At SEI one of our non-negotable values for leaders is to be great communicators.
An organization’s capacity to achieve great results is proportional to its leader’s ability to communicate how those values align and impact results.
Here are 5 ways leaders can assure that they are communicating expectations effectively: Continue Reading…
1. Write Down Goals
Everyone reaches a point in which they feel like quitting something: a job, a relationship, a project, or a hobby. It’s inevitable.
It’s easy to conceptualize, to imagine and to dream of what might be. It’s difficult to do the work. Continue Reading…
Recently, I viewed Simon Sinek’s “Tedx Talks” video called Start with Why.
If you haven’t yet watched it, I highly recommend it!
Sinek observes that virtually everyone who works at a company knows what they do. Some know how they do it. But few know why they do it.
For example, here’s what that looks like at SEI:
Why we do what we do
Our Vision is to “work with our employees to help them achieve their personal, professional and financial goals.”
How we do what we do
We accomplish our Vision by utilizing our SR5 performance measurement system.
What we do
As a leader, how do you ensure that those you lead not only understand what you do, but how and why you do it?
United States Navy SEALS know better than most that the human body can endure an incredible amount of stress under the harshest conditions.
For SEALS, this lesson is hammered in during “Hell Week,” also known as The Suck.
The Suck is 5 days of constant motion, no sleep with physical, emotional and mental stress designed to literally break a person.