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Manufacture Your Day by EVALUATING PROGRESS

 In Manufacture Your Day

Manufacturing Leadership - Excellence Certification

How satisfied are you with the progress you make in your life?

If people don’t make progress, their excuses are stronger than their desire to get what they want.

It can be tricky when people work together – different personalities, different cultural backgrounds, different experiences, different thought processes, different beliefs, different opinions, different decision-making processes, different abilities in taking risks and….. different paces of learning. That’s why we need someone who holds us accountable – our boss, a friend, a mentor, a coach.

As a runner, I love the saying, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go. You are still lapping everyone sitting on the couch.”

I believe that making progress is one of the most overlooked things in the corporate world. 

Think about little children who learn how to walk. Some will walk at 9 months, and others will walk at 15 months but it is a given that they will walk. If your child didn’t walk at 12 months, would you say, “You are too slow! If you fall down one more time, just stop trying”?

For any good parent this would be unthinkable, right?

Yet, in the corporate world, people get put down on a fairly regular basis. People are criticized and their voices often stay unheard.

Think about it, if people can’t do anything right, it affects their self-worth and their self-confidence. As a result, they will stop believing in their ability to contribute value, which in return will affect the bottom line.

My suggestion?

Develop your team by providing constructive feedback on an ongoing basis:

  1. Write down what you like and appreciate about that person (if you find nothing, why is the person working for you?)
  2. Find 1 thing that the person should learn to do better (1, not 10 things as this would be discouraging)
  3. Schedule a meeting (respect for their time) and tell them what the meeting is about (feedback meeting)
  4. Have a good one-on-one dialogue (both sitting down)
  5. Speak from one adult to another adult (not like an adult to a child)
  6. Ask, “What is one thing that I can do better for you?”

Feedback is here for 2 reasons only:

  • help the person to get better (non-judgmental and not criticizing)
  • reinforce the behaviour and skills that you already like

Simple Feedback Process:

  1. Example: Employee’s name, I really appreciate your positive attitude and that I can always rely on you to get the job done. Can I provide one suggestion that will help you to get even better? I would like that you involve your team members more by asking them open-ended questions (i.e. How can we improve things around here?), because (WWIFM – what’s in it for me) it will help you to create more engagement on your team.
  2. Observe the person
  3. Follow up after 1 week (critical) – I have noticed that you have started……. How do you feel about your progress when it comes to involving your team members? Listen to what he/she has to say.
  4. Be patient and persistent – a new skill needs to be developed and this person is probably outside of his/her comfort zone.
  5. If the person has mastered it, move on to the next point of improvement.

Everyone has room for improvement, even your star players.

Remember that progress is better than perfection. 

Have a super weekend!



How candid can you be when you provide feedback?

I encourage you to watch this video on how to provide feedback:

Giving Feedback – 3 Funny Examples of Giving Employee Feedback

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