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Constant improvement is a Team Sport

November 13, 2009

We focus pretty heavily on constant improvement here at Point2.  Improving our company, improving our departments, improving our teams, as well as individual improvement.  There are many things that we do well at the team and department levels, but they don’t always filter all the way down to the individual level.

The first thing to recognize is that while the desire to improve is a great first step, it doesn’t amount to anything unless you translate that desire in to action.  There are many different ways to do this, so i’m just going to stick with my favorites at the moment.  I generally hear people give the advice that you should write down your goals because it increases the likelihood that you will follow through.  Writing it down is a good first step, it forces you to accurately articulate what you are trying to do.  However, just writing it down isn’t enough motivation if you ask me.  If you really want to make the improvement, you need to tell people what you’re trying to do.

Trust your peers. They care about you and your improvement!  (if they don’t, find a new job!)  Telling your peers what you are currently trying to improve on will greatly increase your chances of success for two primary reasons.

The first reason is simply that you won’t want to let your peers down.  When you tell your team that you are trying to achieve a goal, they want to see you achieve it.  If you work on a great team that promotes improvement, you’re team now has a vested interest in seeing you make your desired improvements and reach your goals.  You’ll be much less likely to give up or procrastinate while they’re watching your progress.

This leads directly to the second reason telling your peers about your desired improvements and goals is beneficial.  As I said, they care about your improvement, and they have a vested interest in seeing you succeed, so they will HELP YOU.  All too often, people try to make improvements and reach goals in a vacuum.  You work for the team, let the team also work for you.

There is no medal or gold star for making an improvement solo without any outside help.

By: Chris Dagenais

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