Let People Measure Their Own Progress

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Let People Measure Their Own Progress

Encourager-In-Chief: February 15th, 2017

Get your people invested in their own success!

I used to work for a small business where the owner was constantly trying different methods of getting his employees to be successful. I remember one day after a new program was just being rolled out, a coworker said to me, “Don’t worry about this program. If you don’t like it, in six months we’ll be on to his next idea.”

Unfortunately, what happened was the owner was bombarding his employees with so many new ideas and changing them so frequently that eventually no one took him seriously. If you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation, I have a better recommendation for you.

I challenge you to allow your employees to measure their own progress. There is no better way to get people invested in their success than to let them track it and map their progress. I can tell you in my own case, it made all the difference in the world. When I worked as a printing industry recruiter, I started off as one of the slowest salespeople in the history of the company. On my own, I started tracking my progress and I not only surprised myself but also my managers, who were probably very relieved to learn that I could actually sell something to anyone!

When you track your progress, you learn what’s working and what isn’t. Often, you can adjust and tweak without making complete overhauls to get the results you want. I understood my business so much better after I started tracking my own results. In fact, that lesson became the basis for launching my own coaching business. I figured if I could learn from tracking my own results, I could show other business owners and salespeople how to do the same thing.

If you’ve ever been called a micro-manager (and just because you haven’t heard it, doesn’t mean people aren’t saying it), I encourage you to give people a chance to track their own progress. Then step out of their way and let them show you what they can do.

People solve problems when they own the problem.
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