A CAR’S DASHBOARD is a tool to monitor important gauges, alert us to potential problems and hopefully get us to take action. For example, a gas gauge tells us that we have one-eighth of a tank of gas and it’s time to fill up.
What about a leadership dashboard that monitors our priorities, alerts us to problems and then helps us get back on track?
At the start of our company’s fiscal year, I set three to five strategic goals with my boss for myself and my team,”
says Jenny, Director of Business Services.
Typically, every Sunday morning, she opens her leadership dashboard file which has those top goals and the specific action plans to accomplish them over the year. For each goal she:
- Rates 1 (low) to 10 (high) how effective she’s been the past week.
- Reviews the action plan: What steps got done, which ones didn’t.
- Develops insights: Potential problems, solutions, opportunities.
- Brainstorms additional action steps to add to the list.
- Identifies actions steps for the coming week.
She finishes by creating a list of high priority action for each of the strategic goals. She’s well aware she may come in Monday and a crisis will take over. However, she knows that she has a plan and will work that plan as best as she can during the week.
What are Your Main Things?
Does your leadership, on a daily basis, align with those main things? A leadership dashboard helps you to know at a glance if you’re right on track, totally off track or somewhat side tracked. It allows you stay focused, stay accountable, stay aligned.
What do you think of this process? Does anyone have a different kind of system to keep you on track? Comments are welcome!
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