What will it do?
This tool will test out your desire to improve and then help you turn your desire into specific, useful action. The tool looks at what you’ve done, what options you have and what you’re going to do.
Maximum impact will come from using the tool for the first time and completing the three steps, which will take 15 – 20 minutes. After that you can use it at performance reviews – e.g. weekly, monthly, quarterly or half yearly – or whenever you feel the need to push on.
Three steps to take
Get focused on the things that will make the most impact for you
1. Give yourself a score
Score yourself out of 10 on having a focused desire to improve. Do this first.
Score out of 10
2. Complete the table to see whether your score is matched by your behaviour.
|Development activity (add others if you can)||Have you done this in the last 6 weeks?|
What re-score does this give you for desire to improve? Do your actions match your intentions?
3. Identify what to focus on
Using the activities in the table above, identify one or two to focus on over the next 4-6 weeks, outlining what impact you’re looking to get from each one.
|Area of focus||Anticipated impact||First step or action|
Get a plan Stan. This is about getting going. The basics you need to have in your plan are set out below.
- What are you going to do? This bit is easy – it’s the 3 things you listed above.
- When are you going to do these things? Taking the first step is the most important. It’s like getting out the door when you’re going to do some exercise.
My start date:
- How often will you be doing them? Getting great has a lot to do with making things a habit. If it makes more sense start to develop a more detailed plan for improving these things.
Check-in frequency and dates:
The difference between having a plan and making it work is about action. So get this in your diary now. Tell the people who need to know so that they can support you and won’t just think you’re being weird. Do it now.
Remember, it’s progress not perfection. You’re looking for gradual improvement, not for Rome to be built in a day.