Measuring Progress

I confess I listen to more than my share of CBC Radio One (Winnipeg version), and I have a habit when I’m driving of catching a good interview, tuning in, and then later when I’ve heard something I like, I can’t tell who said it, or sometimes even in what context it may have been said.

So it is that the other day I was listening to the radio and cannot cite the proper source for a good quote I heard, just an offhand comment by an interviewee:

What you don’t measure, you don’t get better at.

Quick four-step exercise:

  1. Grab a piece of paper and make a list: what do you want to get better at?
  2. Review each item and make a note of measurable indicators of progress for each item on your list.
  3. How many of these are you already measuring?
  4. How did you do? I think you may already know the final step in this exercise.