March 12th, 2013 |
Spring training has begun for major league baseball.
Every team starts the year focused on the same objective: become a World Series champion.
To win it all, teams must win one game at a time.
Win enough games and you capture the division title. Then you must win a conference pennant. Then you must win four games to become a World Series champion.
Winning – in life, sports and business – is a step-by-step process.
Do your colleagues connect the work they’re doing today to the objectives you’ve set for the year?
My surveys of more than 3,000 executives in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., show that a whopping 84% of leaders believe they can do a better job connecting what’s being measured to the daily activities of each employee.
If your colleagues can’t tell you what a successful day, week or month looks like, achieving your long-term objectives will leave you stranded in the minor leagues.
So when it comes to measuring performance, perhaps your game could use a change-up.
To dive even deeper into the topic of accountability, I invite you to purchase a copy of my bestselling book, “Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture.”
Business schools teach case studies. Hollywood blockbusters are inspired by true events.
Exceptional leaders are students of history. Decision-making comes with the territory.